The Pork Checkoff’s Board of Directors is now accepting nominations to fill five three-year terms and one two-year term commencing in July 2015. Nominees may be submitted by state pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which includes pig farmers and pork importers.
A minimum of nine candidates must be ranked by Pork Act Delegates before being sent to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for approval. A ninth nomination is required due to the resignation of current board member Craig Rowles of Iowa, leaving open two years of his remaining term. Rowles will step down from the board in July 2015 due to a recent decision to exit his pork production business.
Serving on the National Pork Board is an opportunity for producers to show their support of the industry, while helping to plan for a successful future. Any person who is a pork producer or importer and has paid all Checkoff assessments due, or is a representative of a producer or company that produces hogs and/or pigs, is eligible to serve on the National Pork Checkoff Board.
The 15 positions on the Checkoff board are held by pork producers or importers who volunteer their time. Seats to be elected in 2015 are currently held by:
- Lisa Colby, Massachusetts: Second term, not eligible for reelection
- Brad Greenway, South Dakota: Second term, not eligible for reelection
- Dale Norton, Michigan: Second term, not eligible for reelection
- Carl Link, Ohio: First term, eligible for reelection to a three-year term
- Craig Mensink, Minnesota: First term, eligible for reelection to a three-year term
- Craig Rowles, Iowa: First term, board resignation effective July 2015
Candidates are also being sought for two open positions on the Pork Board Nominating Committee. Those appointed to the nominating committee will serve a two-year term in 2015 and 2016. The Pork Checkoff Nominating Committee will solicit, interview, evaluate and recommend candidates to the Pork Act Delegate Body at the annual meeting March 5-7, 2015, in San Antonio.
The application deadline is Nov. 1, with interviews for each candidate to be held in Des Moines on Dec. 11-12. Direct application requests and questions to the National Pork Checkoff Board either by mail to 1776 NW 114th St., Clive, Iowa 50325, by telephone to Teresa Wadsworth at (515) 223-2612, or e-mail to TWadsworth@pork.org.
The National Pork Checkoff Board consists of 15 members, each serving a maximum of two three-year terms. The Pork Act requires that no fewer than 12 states be represented by the 15 Pork Board members. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the internet at www.pork.org.