The members of the National Pork Board approved plans to spend $55.6 million in checkoff-funded programming in 2002. Of that, $45.8 million will go to national programs, and $9.8 million go back to state associations for programs there.

NPB's budgeting process involved pork producers and industry experts who volunteered their time to the eight-month process. "Pork producers invest in the national checkoff and direct how those funds will be used. Changes in overall spending targets for 2002 as compared to 2001 include pork producers' changing priorities," says Marlin Pankratz, chairman of NPB's Plan of Work/Budget Task Force.

Pork producers on the Task Force, including seven Board members and five
other pork producers, recommended increased expenses for programs related to biosecurity, animal welfare and communications. Overall, the total budget is comparable to 2001 spending. The 2002 pork checkoff budget is based on expectations for checkoff revenue of $49.1 million and expenses of $55.6 million, for a deficit of $6.5 million.

For 2002, 59 percent of the checkoff funds be directed to pork promotion, 27 percent to research and 14 percent to consumer information. Nationally, NPB directed 65 percent of checkoff programming for promotion, 28 percent research and 7 percent consumer information. At the state level, 40 percent of checkoff programs will address consumer information, 37 percent for pork promotions and 23 percent for research.

USDA will have the final word on the budget, which is expected to be approved in December.

The National Pork Board has responsibility for research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national pork checkoff, pork producers invest $0.45 for each $100 value of hogs sold. For more information on checkoff-funded programs, check the Internet at www.porkboard.org or call (515) 223-2600.

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