Delegates to Discuss Challenges Facing the Pork Industry

Choices for the future will be a theme for annual pork meeting.

The National Pork Industry Forum will be held in St. Louis, Mo. from March 6-8, 2008. Key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the pork industry will be discussed by Pork Act Delegates.

Pork Act Delegates are pork producers or importers nominated by their state pork producer associations or individually, then appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Each of the 50 states may be represented by at least two Pork Act Delegates. The number of delegates and the voting "power" of each delegate are determined by the amount of Checkoff collected from the state they represent.

National Pork Board President Lynn Harrison says a question that will be debated is how the U.S. pork industry can be accountable to its customer’s desires, while building a trust relationship and doing so in a sustainable manner.

"A special task force will issue a report and delegates will consider a resolution endorsed by several states laying out a process for achieving success in building that trust relationship," says Alan Wilhoite, chair of the Pork Checkoff Resolutions Committee.

The PQA Plus program, The Other White Meat trademark, industry image and gestational housing research also have resolutions that will be debated.

"Forum is a key time for the people who invest in the Checkoff to participate in the business of how to use those investments to address the critical issues faced by U.S. pork producers," says Harrison. "Delegates will discuss the profitability challenge facing them today and understand the options available to them over the next several months."

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