Purpose

To identify opportunities to enhance producer competitiveness and profitability through animal science related and producer directed research and information programs

Time Obligation

The Animal Science Committee meets for two days twice annually, generally July and December. Also, the committee meets 2-3 more times annually via conference call. Members are encouraged but not required to attend various advisory group and oversight committee meetings throughout the year.


Department Connection: Science and Technology

Purpose

To maintain and promote the pork industry tradition of responsible animal care through the applicaiton of scientifically sound animal care practices. Efforts include: Advance producers' awareness of emerging animal welfare issues; Provide information and education to improve animal care skills; support scientific research to enhance animal well-being; provide information for greater public understanding and awareness about producers commitment to providing humane care.

Time Obligation

The Animal Welfare Committee usually meets two times yearly – February and July. Meetings last approximately a day and a half. Conference calls are held quarterly.


Department Connection: Science and Technology

Purpose

The Domestic Marketing Committee is composed of pork producers and industry representatives, who after gaining an in-depth knowledge of the objectives, strategies and tactics of the Pork Checkoff’s Domestic Marketing program, evaluate and oversee the work of the NPB staff to increase domestic expenditures of U.S. pork through programs of promotion, advertising, public relations, consumer information and marketing research.

Time Obligation

Time Obligation Currently two committee meetings are held each year, typically one in February and one in July. Each meeting is two days, not including travel time for members. In the past, one meeting has been held in Des Moines and one at a location that provided an educational component related to programs. To familiarize themselves with the market, committee members are also asked to periodically participate in functions such as the Foodservice Advisory Committee, Retail Advisory Committee or a public relations event.


Department Connection: Domestic Marketing

Purpose

To develop proactive programs to help producers meet the challenges for responsible pork production and protect the environment, while maintaining the economic competitiveness of the U.S. pork industry.

Time Obligation

The Committee meetings are generally held quarterly – February, June, September & November – and are usually two days in length. Additional meetings may be held by conference call if necessary to address special topics.


Department Connection: Environmental Programs

Purpose

To seek out and pursue, any and all legitimate avenues to market U.S. pork worldwide. In this endeavor, to adhere to the principles of free and fair trade, while utilizing al available tools to enhance U.S. pork's status as a net positive exporter. To collaborate with the USMEF and USDA's FAS to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of program efforts to market U.S. Pork world wide.

Time Obligation

At least two committee meetings are held each year, usually in conjunction with USMEF Board of Directors meetings, USMEF Strategic Planning meeting and NPPC Trade Committee. The meetings are typically 2 days, Committee members may be asked to participate in conference calls on specific initiatives by department.

Time Obligation

To be determined by board of directors. Current Board of Director Members and Date Term Commenced 15 members are nominated and ranked by the Pork Act Delegates and selected by the secretary of agriculture. A minimum of 12 states must be represented on the board of directors. Members serve a 3 year term, and may serve two terms. Officers are elected by the board of directors annually.


Department Connection: Chief Executive Officer

Purpose

Solicit, screen, interview, evaluate and recommend 8 candidates to the Pork Act Delegate Body to be elected as nominees to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for appointment to the National Pork Board, and also for 2 seats on the Pork Checkoff Board Nominating Committee.

Time Obligation

The committee meets by telephone one or two times each year in November/December, to review communication efforts to solicit candidates, to review lists of potential and actual candidates and to create a plan to solicit additional candidates if necessary. A 2-3 day interview meeting is held in Kansas City the first part of January to conduct face-to-face interviews, as well as phone interviews. From this meeting a list of prioritized candidates is created, and that list is circulated to states in preparation for elections at the Pork Act Delegate session. Committee members should meet these criteria: 1.Are familiar with and knowledgeable about Pork Board programs. 2.Are knowledgeable about producers who exhibit national leadership skills. 3.Are knowledgeable about the Pork Industry. 4.Have diversity in gender, geographic areas, type of operation, producer types etc. 5.Conduct themselves in an open, unbiased and objective manner. 6.Some members should be familiar with the work of the committee, with NPB, States, organizational businesses, etc. •Four members elected by Pork Act Delegates •Two members named by the National Pork Board •Chair named by National Pork Board


Department Connection: Governance and Operations

Purpose

Utilize sound science to anticipate and address consumer’s needs and expectations of wholesome and nutritious pork products to increase pork consumption.

Time Obligation

The Pork Safety, Quality and Human Nutrition Committee usually meets two times yearly – February and July. Meetings last approximately a day and a half. Conference calls between meetings are held as needed. Members are encouraged but not required to attend various advisory group and oversight committee meetings throughout the year.


Department Connection: Science and Technology & Domestic Marketing

Purpose

To provide guidance and input to the Producer Services and Communications departments on how to best achieve the goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors in the Strategic Plan.

Time Obligation

This committee will meet twice per year (either in person or by conference call or webinar as appropriate) in roughly the following time frames. - a meeting in late winter/early spring (Feb-March) - a meeting in the summer prior to plan of work (July)


Department Connection: Producer Services & Communications

Purpose

Acquire and provide science-based information that will protect and improve producer and public health, promote a safe farm work environment and enhance consumer confidence in U.S. pork production.

Time Obligation

The Producer/Public Health and Workplace Safety Committee usually meets two times yearly – February and July. Meetings last approximately a day and a half. Conference calls between meetings are held as needed. Members are encouraged but not required to participate in various advisory working groups/task forces, on an as needed basis, throughout the year.


Department Connection: Science and Technology

Purpose

To review and act on the strategic health issues which may affect the productivity of swine herds and global trade issues. To make recommendations to allied industry and producers to maintain and improve swine herd health. To collaborate with other animal health related entities and organizations in order to more effectively solve U.S. swine health issues.

Time Obligation

The committee meets for two days at least twice yearly – February and the Summer– but may meet an additional time if needed. Monthly conference calls are held and usually last one hour.


Department Connection: Science and Technology