Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack has released the names of the five new National Pork Board (NPB) appointees. The new members will each serve a 3-year term on the 15-member board.

The National Pork Producers Delegate Body nominated eight pork producers during its March meeting in Denver, Colorado, from which the five individuals were chosen to represent the nation’s pork producers.

Two are new board members, who include: Craig Mensink, Preston, Minn. and Carl Link, Fort Recovery, Ohio. The three reappointed members of the board consist of: Brad Greenway, Mitchell, S.D.; Dale Norton, Bronson, Mich.; and Lisa Colby, Newburyport, Mass.

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

The newly appointed and reappointed board members join current members:

• Everett Forkner of Richards, Mo. – president
• Conley Nelson of Algona, Iowa - vice president
• Karen Richter of Montgomery, Minn. -treasurer.
• Roy Henry of Longford, Kan.
• Julie Maschhoff of Carlyle, Ill.
• Wathina Luthi of Gage, Okla.
• Derrick Sleezer of Cherokee, Iowa
• Steve Wuergler of Drain, Ore.
• Henry Moore of Clinton, N.C.
• Glen Walters of Barnesville, Ga.

The board oversees the distribution and spending of the National Pork Checkoff to which all U.S. producers invest 40 cents for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. A portion of the funds are returned to states. Whether on an national or state basis, checkoff dollars can be spent on only research, education and promotion.

According to USDA statistics there were 69,100 pork operations in 2010, with about 64 million head of pigs at the beginning of 2011. Iowa, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana are the top five pork producing states.

Source: National Pork Board