National Pork Board Committee Structure

Program committees may have up to 20 members per committee (not counting the Board members appointed to the committee by the President) to ensure a sufficient number will be in attendance at every meeting for meaningful and broad based discussion. Additional input can be given by advisors to add expertise to the conversation. Ex-officio members are to contribute to the conversation only if called upon. Advisers and ex-officio members are also not included in the 20. More detail below:

Member Definitions and Roles

 

Voting Committee Members are:

  1. producers who pay Checkoff
  2. persons who
    • are actively engaged in the production of swine, or
    • are employed by an entity actively engaged in the production of swine, or
    • are the named representatives of an entity actively engaged in the production of swine
  3. state pork association staff
  4. allied industry representatives(including packer representatives) named with the consent of the committee chair and the Pork Board members of that committee.
  5. academic experts in specific areas relating to committee work

Rules

  1. Only 15-20 members are allowed per committee. The majority of the committee must fall in to categories 1, 2 or 3.
  2. 2 3-year terms are available with 25 percent of the committee available for a third 3-year term.
  3. All committee members must be PQA Plus® certified as well as have their sites assessed if applicable
  4. Names are submitted to Sharlotte Peterson prior to the November National Pork Board Meeting for approval
  5. At each meeting a roster of voting members should be read and recorded to make sure everyone knows what his/her role is.

National Pork Board Members:

Two representatives are appointed by the Board to serve on each committee rotating every two years. They are allowed to vote and have a voice at meetings.

Rules

  1. Their time served on a committee does not count against their term limits.
  2. Board members are unable to serve as chairs

Advisors:

Advisors are non-voting members of the committee and can only be utilized for expertise in a specific area.

Non-Voting Advisors are:

  1. academic experts in specific areas relating to committee work
  2. non-producer experts
  3. consultants
  4. specialists
  5. allied industry
  6. producers who bring value to the committee due to their institutional knowledge

Rules

  1. Up to 8 Advisors are allowed per committee.
  2. Advisors are not allowed to vote
  3. No term limit for Advisors
  4. Names are submitted to Sharlotte Peterson prior to the November Board Meeting for approval
  5. Advisors must be PQA Plus® certified as well as have their sites assessed if applicable
  6. At each meeting the roster of advisors attending should be read and recorded

Ex-Officio:

Ex-Officio representatives are non-voting members of the committee and may contribute to the conversation to provide information or clarification in their specific area of expertise.

Ex-Officio representatives are:

  1. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Staff

Rules

  1. Ex-Officio positions are reserved for NPPC Staff and are not considered members of the committee. They also cannot vote.
  2. Ex-officio representatives must be PQA Plus® certified as well as have their sites assessed if applicable
  3. Names are submitted to Sharlotte Peterson prior to the November Board Meeting for approval

Sourcing Committee Members, and Advisors

Committee Members

Producer Services department will work diligently to find new committee members who are willing to serve on the program committees

Committee staff liaisons can also provide names for committee members

Advisors

Committee staff liaisons are in charge of rotating and adding new advisors to program committees however, all changes must go through Board approval.

Committee Timeline

Jan-October– Collection of committee member names

Beginning of August– All committees will be notified of those members expiring from their committee

*All committee members are eligible for 2 3-year terms with 25% of the committee eligible for a 3rd 3-year term

Mid-September– All committees staff liaisons must provide a list of members and advisors leaving  as well as any requirements they would like met (i.e. region, state, type of production, size of production etc.) to Producer Services

*Producer Services will do their best to fill these committee needs but program staff can also submit names of members they would like to add

Mid-October– Committee member names will be supplied to committee staff for approval from committee leadership team

Prior to the November Board MeetingAll committee changes in representation must be submitted to Sharlotte Peterson for approval including:

  • Committee members
    • Proposed New
    • Removing/ Rolling off
    • Persons denied to be on a committee with reason
  • Advisors
  • Committee Chairs
  • Committee Vice-Chair

November Board Meeting– Names of the above mentioned representation will be submitted for Board approval at the November Board Meeting

Following the November Board Meeting – Following the board meeting Producer Services will notify you on the Board’s approval process and if any committee members were denied.

*It is the committee staff liaisons responsibility to communicate to new committee members about the appointment process
*Committee leadership is defined as program committee staff liaison, chair, and national pork board representatives.
*Committee staff liaison is the NPB staff member who oversees/coordinates the program committee.

Committee Vacancy

If your committee has a vacancy during the course of the year:

  • Prior to the 1st committee meeting of the year, a name submitted to Producer Services for Board approval.
  • After the first committee meeting of the year, the seat will remain vacant until the next cycle.