Contact: Cindy Cunningham
National Pork Board
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2017 Pork Act Delegates Elect Candidate Slate, Approve Advisements

DES MOINES – March 7, 2017 – The U.S. pork industry held its annual business meeting, the National Pork Industry Forum, March 1-3 in Atlanta. At the meeting, Pork Act Delegates ranked eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submitted the list to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The candidates, ranked in order by delegate voting results, are:

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will select five members from the slate elected by the delegates to fill the roles of outgoing board members effective July 2017. The five nominees will each serve a three-year term. Fifteen pork producers serve on the National Pork Board, each limited to serving no more than two concurrent terms.   Delegates also elected Bryn Jensson, Iowa, and William Knapke, Ohio, to fill the two open positions on the Nominating Committee. The committee recruits and screens candidates for the National Pork Board and does not require approval by the Secretary. In other business, delegates approved two non-binding directives for the National Pork Board. The approved advisements read:

Reports on advisement progress will be delivered to delegates attending the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, March 1-2, 2018. Additionally, the Pork Checkoff hosted the annual producer update session immediately preceding the Pork Act Delegate session. More than 300 pork producers attended the event titled Real Change: A Live Discussion of On-Farm Antibiotic Use. Hosted by The Supermarket Guru® Phil Lempert, the 30-minute broadcast brought together experts in pork production, retail and animal care and welfare for a live, web-based conversation. The pork industry’s leadership in responsible antibiotic use and its implementation of new strict guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was the focus of discussion. A replay of the broadcast can be viewed online at For more information on the National Pork Board’s efforts to assist farmers and others who want to learn more about responsible on-farm antibiotic use, visit

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  The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at #RealPigFarming #RealChangeOnFarms