The Board of Directors has the ultimate responsibility and accountability, in collaboration with USDA under the Pork Act and Pork Order, for the collection of national pork Checkoff funds, their disbursement to state organizations, and their investment in industry promotion, research and consumer information programs, to enhance the marketing of U.S. pork and pork products.

The Board of Directors’ primary charge is to create the vision and strategic direction of the organization, to ensure that the organization’s plans and budget are in alignment with that vision and are consistent with the Pork Act, and to hire and supervise the chief executive officer. Other duties include:

  • Provide oversight of the appropriate use of National Pork Board’s resources.
  • Be accountable for Checkoff funding programs in accordance with the Act and Order.
  • Ensure that programs have a positive impact on the pork industry.
  • Determine the organization’s mission, vision and purpose.
  • Support the CEO and review his/her performance.
  • Ensure effective organizational planning.
  • Select Board officers and make recommendations on committee structures.
  • Administer provisions of the Act, Order and Regulations.
  • Develop/implement plans, projects, budgets, contracts, bylaws and Board policies.
  • Recommend approval of plans, projects and budgets to USDA.
  • Receive and investigate complaints of violations.
  • Align programs/funding to carry out the Board’s strategic plan.
  • Ensure Checkoff funds are used only for activities authorized under the Act and Order.
  • Ensure Checkoff funds are not used to influence government policy or action– no lobbying with Checkoff dollars.
  • Exercise Board power in a prudent, honest and confidential manner.
  • Participate in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
  • Represent the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Secretary of Agriculture.
  • Be accountable to those stakeholder producers who pay into the Checkoff program.
  • Fulfill fiduciary duty to the Board.
  • Set aside personal or state interests and represent the entire pork industry.
  • Serve as a Court of Appeal.
  • Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings.


  • Avoid making decisions based on special interests of other individuals, organizations, states or regions.
  • Disclose actual or perceived conflicts of interest and refrain from voting on these matters.
  • Encourage pork industry unity by communicating/supporting Board plans and programs to State Pork Associations.
  • Be knowledgeable about the Act, Order and Regulations.
  • Be knowledgeable about Board policies, bylaws, plans, projects and budgets.
  • Be dedicated to doing what is best for the entire pork industry!
Last Revised: 2/25/2011