The National Pork Board recently reviewed the research projects funded by the Checkoff from 2005 to 2009, to determine the return on investment to producers. National Pork Board staff members contacted researchers who had worked on Checkoff-funded projects during these years. Of the 227 researchers contacted, nearly 80 percent of them offered feedback on 320 of the 403 total Checkoff-funded projects.

The $24.5 million invested in research during these five years directly resulted in over $45 million of additional research, an increase of 185 percent in additional research value that benefitted the industry. In addition, the projects resulted in 822 publications, outreach and further action.

Checkoff-funded research was cited 1475 times in additional research, building additional science-based information from the original research project.