State pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which includes pig farmers and pork importers, may submit nominees.
Pork Act Delegates must rank a minimum of eight candidates before being sent to USDA Secretary Agriculture Tom Vilsack for approval.
National Pork Board members help plan for the industry's successful future. Any person who is a pork producer or importer and has paid all Checkoff assessments due, or is a representative of a producer or company that produces hogs and/or pigs, is eligible to serve on the National Pork Checkoff Board.
The 15 positions on the Checkoff board are held by pork producers or importers who volunteer their time. Seats to be elected in 2016 are currently held by:
• Wathina Luthi, Oklahoma
• Derrick Sleezer, Iowa
• Terry O'Neel, Nebraska
• Mike Wyant, Missouri
• Janet Archer, North Carolina
Pork Board Nominating Committee
Candidates are also being sought for three open positions on the Pork Board Nominating Committee.
Those appointed to the nominating committee will fill two, two-year terms in 2016 and 2017 and one, one-year term in 2017. The Pork Checkoff Nominating Committee will solicit, interview, evaluate and recommend candidates for the Board to the Pork Act Delegate Body at the National Pork Industry Forum.
The application deadline is November 1, 2015, with interviews for each candidate to be held in Des Moines on Dec. 10-11, 2015.
Please direct application requests and questions to the National Pork Checkoff Board either by mail to 1776 NW 114th St., Clive, Iowa 50325, by telephone to Ashley Lowrey at 515-223-2600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information and applications are also available online.
The National Pork Checkoff Board consists of 15 members, each serving a maximum of two three-year terms. The Pork Act requires that no fewer than 12 states be represented by the 15 Pork Board members.