Final appointments for six positions on the 15-member National Pork Board have been made by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Pork Act Delegates originally selected eight nominees during the 2011 National Pork Industry Forum in March, which were then sent on to USDA for final consideration.

“I am pleased that these individuals have agreed to provide their time and expertise. I am confident that pork producers and importers will be well served by them,” Vilsack said.

Five pork producers will serve three-year terms; one member will serve a one-year term to finish out the term of a board member who resigned.

Pork Board members who were re-appointed to the board are:

  • Conley Nelson, Algona, Iowa
  • Karen Richter, Montgomery, Minn.
  • Roy Henry, Longford, Kan.

New members appointed to representing pork producers are:

  • Henry Moore, III, Clinton, N.C.
  • Glen Walters, Barnesville, Ga.
  • Janice Miller, Belden, Neb. Miller will serve a one-year term to complete the final year of resigning board member Gene Nemechek..

 “We welcome the secretary’s prompt announcement of the new Pork Board members. The secretary’s appointment of three returning board members ensures that we have strong, proven, leaders returning to help guide our checkoff programs,” says Chris Novak, chief executive officer of the National Pork Board. “At the same time, we welcome new board members who will bring new perspectives, new ideas and a track record of leadership and service to the pork industry. The strength and effectiveness of our board and of our checkoff programs depends upon striking a balance between experience and diversity.”

The National Pork Board was established under the Pork Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act of 1985, which also implemented the National Pork Checkoff.  Currently the checkoff rate is assessed at 0.4 percent of the market value of all hogs sold in the United States. There is an equivalent amount collected on imported hogs, pork and pork products. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service oversees operations of the board, and the National Pork Checkoff.