As directed by producer delegates to the 2001 National Pork Industry Forum, a task force has been named that will lead the restructuring and development of the industry organization, according to a news release from the National Pork Producers Council.

The task force will consist of 39 members from 20 states that include pork producers representing a variety of production sizes and styles, allied industry and state pork associations. The task force will meet in the near future and establish a timetable for recommendations.

NPPC has been in a transition phase since a settlement agreement was signed by USDA, the Michigan Pork Producers Association and NPPC that ensured continuation of the mandatory pork checkoff. The agreement calls for a total and complete separation of the National Pork Board and NPPC, including the programs carried out by each organization.

To see a list of the task force members click here.