Producer delegates representing county organizations from across Illinois addresses several issues at their state annual meeting this week, including results of the national pork referendum.

The Illinois Pork Producers Association was given approval to develop a working group to consider possible funding and organizational structure options for the state pork association. Dan Steimel, the newly elected IPPA president, will appoint members to the working group, which will present their report to the delegate body sometime this spring.

“With the uncertainty surrounding the national checkoff program…This group will get further input from producers and consider all options to reshape and strengthen the (state) organization,” says Steimel.

Another significant point of business came from Henry County pork producers who presented a motion to address the declining IPPA non-checkoff revenue. With delegate approval, a voluntary contribution program will begin. State pork producers are asked to invest 5 cents per head on market hogs and 3 cents per head on weaner and feeder pigs based on last year’s production. This money will be provided to IPPA for use in non-checkoff programs such as legislative activities conducted in fiscal year 2001.

“This in no way is meant to replace the national checkoff program,” says Steimel, a pork producer from DeKalb County. “This is simply a means to provide non-checkoff resources to address important legislative and policy issues. This is an issue we needed to address, regardless of the final referendum outcome.”