National Pork Industry Forum to be held in Kansas City

The National Pork Industry Forum will be held on 4-6 March 2020 in Kansas City; producers will discuss successes and future direction.
calendar icon 29 January 2020
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Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Kansas City, 4-6 March, for the annual National Pork Industry Forum. The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board and Pork Checkoff staff leadership will hear directly from Pork Act delegates appointed by the US Secretary of Agriculture.

This year’s annual meeting of the Pork Act delegate body will emphasise the new Checkoff vision, strategic plan and structure. As an organisation that is "consumer focused, producer led," the staff and budget will focus on two overarching goals, build trust and add value. Each year the delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry.

“The new, agile Checkoff is obtaining industry input throughout the year as part of its new annual planning process and focusing on fewer top priorities,” said David Newman, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer representing Arkansas. “Delegates will learn more about the results of this work to-date and provide future direction for staff, especially related to the priority to anticipate and proactively address risks and opportunities.”

At the meeting, Pork Act delegates will rank 10 candidates for the National Pork Board and submit the list to the US Secretary of Agriculture for approval. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Deborah Balance – North Carolina
  • Ben Barcovtch – Pennsylvania
  • Jeremy Burkett – Wyoming
  • Todd Erickson – North Dakota
  • Heather Hill – Indiana
  • Larry Leipold – Minnesota
  • Scott Phillips – Missouri
  • Mike Salter – Wisconsin
  • John Scanga – Colorado
  • Alan Wulfekuhle – Iowa

Prior to the annual meeting, members of the National Pork Board also will convene their March board of directors meeting. The agenda will include reporting on outcomes within 2020 priorities so far, foreign animal disease prevention and preparation; We Care; international marketing; sustainability; and human health and nutrition

Included on the 2020 Pork Forum agenda will be opportunities for pork producers to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus certified, as well as learn more about other pork industry programs. The full agenda and registration information can be found on the Pork Industry Forum website.

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