The Pork Checkoff’s board of directors is accepting applications through Nov. 1 to fill five three-year terms. State pork producer associations, farm organizations or individuals who pay the Pork Checkoff, including pig farmers and pork importers, may submit an application.
“Serving on the National Pork Board is a great opportunity for producers to support the pork industry while helping to plan for a successful future,” says Alcester, S.D., producer Steve Rommereim, who is the past National Pork Board president and chair of the Nominating Committee. “Not only have I been able to serve producers, I also have learned from so many in our pork industry.”
During the National Pork Industry Forum, Pork Act Delegates must rank a minimum of 10 candidates to send to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for approval. The 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.
The 15 positions on the Checkoff board are held by pork producers or importers who volunteer their time. Any pork producer or importer who 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.
The application deadline is Nov. 1, with interviews for each candidate held in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 10 to 11. Please direct application requests and questions to Denise Yaske at DYaske@pork.org. More information about leadership opportunities with the National Pork Board can be found online.