National Pork Board

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.

Candidate Qualifications for Pork Board or Nominating Committee

  • Produces porcine animals in the US for sale in commerce
  • Involvement in the US pork industry
  • Familiarity with the state pork associations work in their county and state
  • Must be willing and able to devote the time and effort to stay abreast of issues
  • Do the required homework to be a knowledgeable Board member
  • Attend meetings faithfully
  • Contribute to meetings and discussions
  • Represent the Board and the industry as requested
  • Reveal any conflict of interests and recuse themselves as necessary
  • Represent a variety of geographic areas, producer types and interests, ideas, opinions, perspectives, styles of operation, gender, size of operation, and other areas of diversity

Board Member Selection System

  • The Board of Directors consists of 15 members
  • Members serve a 3-year term and, may serve two consecutive terms
  • Five Board seats are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture on an annual basis
  • The 5 appointees must come from a list of ten candidates voted and ranked by Pork Act Delegates
  • A minimum of 12 states must be represented on the Board of Directors
  • Officers are elected by the Board of Directors on an annual basis

Time Commitment for Board Members

Board members are asked to make every effort to attend all meetings and conference calls. Annually, Board members average 30 days per year in board-related travel, Board meetings, committee meetings and other board activities.

PQA Plus/Site Assessment Requirements

Board members must be PQA Plus certified and Site Assessed.

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Nominating Committee

Solicit, screen, interview, evaluate and recommend 10 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. In addition, the Two seats on the Pork Checkoff Nominating Committee.

Nominating Committee Selection System

  • The Pork Act Delegate body will elect two committee members-each serving a one-year term
  • Three committee members appointed “at-large” focusing on past Board Members, officers and committee chairs
  • Nominating Committee candidates will not caucus during Pork Industry Forum
  • The chair, named by the Board, will be the immediate past president, if the states represented by the delegate elected positions do not preclude. Otherwise, a past president or current or past board member will be appointed.
  • Are familiar with and knowledgeable about Pork Board programs of Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information
  • Are familiar with and/or become knowledgeable about the inner workings, demands, responsibilities, and expectations of service on the Pork Board
  • Are knowledgeable about producers who exhibit national leadership skills
  • Conduct themselves in an open, unbiased and objective manner
  • Are knowledgeable about the Pork Industry/Pork Chain
  • Some members must possess relevant experience and background in the work of the committee, the NPB, States, organizational business
  • Represent a variety of geographic areas, producer types and interests, ideas, opinions, perspectives, styles of operation, gender, size of operation, and other areas of diversity

Time Commitment for Nominating Committee Members

  • July – New Nominating Committee Orientation including a conference call go over the list of possible candidates – 1 hour
  • Ongoing – Throughout recruitment process, Nominating Committee communicate with potential candidates about the involvement and commitment of Pork Board members – 10-15 hours
  • November 1 – Deadline for candidate applications – 1 hour
  • December – Candidate interviews in Des Moines – 2 days
  • March – Pork Industry Forum – location TBD – 3 days

12 State Rule

Before recommending a slate of Pork Board candidates to the Delegate Body, the Nominating Committee will ensure that the “12 State Rule” has been satisfied. This means that if a Pork Board candidate is from a state which already has a Board member, the candidate may have to be ranked below the top 5, so delegates will not have to re-rank candidates. (For a complete description of the 12 State Rule, please refer to the Pork Act and Order.)

Ranking

The NPB Nominating Committee will provide a ranking of the candidates to the delegates body. This ranking is a service to the delegates, providing them with additional information about the candidates in order to make an informed decision. The Nominating Committee will rank each candidate in the 5 essential components of Board Member qualification:

  1. Industry knowledge
  2. Pork Board & Checkoff knowledge
  3. Leadership skills
  4. Communications
  5. Attitude, passion & commitment

Conflict of Interest

The Nominating Committee is covered by the Board’s Conflict of Interest policy. Each Nominating Committee member will sign a certification agreeing to disclose any Conflict of Interest and to recuse themselves from discussing, voting on or deciding any matter where a personal or professional Conflict of Interest or the appearance of one exists, as between a PBNC member and a candidate. Immediate family relationships automatically trigger this recusal from this category.

Other business or personal relationships will be judged on the individual fact situation. When in question, the Committee, by a majority vote of a quorum, will determine if such conflict of interests exists. The Committee chair will have the discretion to allow the conflicted member to participate in the discussion to ensure that all pertinent information is gathered. The Committee chair but will make every effort to limit undue influence. The Pork Board will be the final arbiter of Conflict of Interests situation.

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Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members & Nominating Committee

 

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

Expectations:

  • 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

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Last Revised: 3/26/2018

Nominating Committee

Solicit, screen, interview, evaluate and recommend 10 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. In addition, the Two seats on the Pork Checkoff Nominating Committee.

Nominating Committee Selection System

  • The Pork Act Delegate body will elect two committee members-each serving a one-year term.
  • Three committee members appointed “at-large” focusing on past Board Members, officers and committee chairs.
  • Nominating Committee candidates will not caucus during Pork Industry Forum.
  • The chair, named by the Board, will be the immediate past president, if the states represented by the delegate elected positions do not preclude. Otherwise, a past president or current or past board member will be appointed.
  • Are familiar with and knowledgeable about Pork Board programs of Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information.
  • Are familiar with and/or become knowledgeable about the inner workings, demands, responsibilities, and expectations of service on the Pork Board.
  • Are knowledgeable about producers who exhibit national leadership skills.
  • Conduct themselves in an open, unbiased and objective manner.
  • Are knowledgeable about the Pork Industry/Pork Chain.
  • Some members must possess relevant experience and background in the work of the committee, the NPB, States, organizational business
  • Represent a variety of geographic areas, producer types and interests, ideas, opinions, perspectives, styles of operation, gender, size of operation, and other areas of diversity.

Time Commitment for Nominating Committee Members

  • July – New Nominating Committee Orientation including a conference call go over the list of possible candidates – 1 hour.
  • Ongoing – Throughout recruitment process, Nominating Committee communicate with potential candidates about the involvement and commitment of Pork Board members. 10-15 hours.
  • November 1st – Deadline for candidate applications 1 hour.
  • December – Candidate interviews in Des Moines – 2 days.
  • March – Pork Industry Forum – location TBD – 3 days

12 State Rule

Before recommending a slate of Pork Board candidates to the Delegate Body, the Nominating Committee will ensure that the “12 State Rule” has been satisfied. This means that if a Pork Board candidate is from a state which already has a Board member, the candidate may have to be ranked below the top 5, so delegates will not have to re-rank candidates.  (For a complete description of the 12 State Rule, please refer to the Pork Act and Order.)

Ranking

The NPB Nominating Committee will provide a ranking of the candidates to the delegates body. This ranking is a service to the delegates, providing them with additional information about the candidates in order to make an informed decision. The Nominating Committee will rank each candidate in the 5 essential components of Board Member qualification:

  1. Industry Knowledge
  2. Pork Board & Checkoff knowledge
  3. Leadership skills –
  4. Communications
  5. Attitude, Passion & commitment

Conflict of Interest

The Nominating Committee is covered by the Board’s Conflict of Interest policy. Each Nominating Committee member will sign a certification agreeing to disclose any Conflict of Interest and to recuse themselves from discussing, voting on or deciding any matter where a personal or professional Conflict of Interest or the appearance of one exists, as between a PBNC member and a candidate. Immediate family relationships automatically trigger this recusal from this category.

Other business or personal relationships will be judged on the individual fact situation. When in question, the Committee, by a majority vote of a quorum, will determine if such conflict of interests exists. The Committee chair will have the discretion to allow the conflicted member to participate in the discussion to ensure that all pertinent information is gathered. The Committee chair but will make every effort to limit undue influence. The Pork Board will be the final arbiter of Conflict of Interests situation.
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Last Revised: 03/26/2018

For more information contact:
Denise Yaske
DYaske@pork.org
(515) 233-2763