Collections and programs of the national pork checkoff will continue through a stay granted Nov. 15, 2002, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.  

A Federal District Court in Michigan had ruled the pork checkoff unconstitutional on Oct. 25, 2002.  The U.S. Department of Justice requested the stay to allow the government time to appeal the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Enslen.  The stay allows the pork checkoff collections to continue while the Court of Appeals considers the Michigan ruling.  

"Since producers began the pork checkoff in the mid-1980s, pork consumption has increased by 21 percent, it has funded research on key producer issues and pork has become the fastest growing meat category in America's restaurants," says Craig Christensen, a pork producer from Ogden, Iowa, and vice president of the National Pork Board.  "You bet we are glad to see this program continue. The checkoff provides the tools we all need on our farms, but don't have the time or resources to do individually."

Christensen points out that "the Pork. The Other White Meat advertising campaign is just one example of what the checkoff has done to help increase American consumers' demand for pork." The pork checkoff also has helped to transform the United States from a net pork importer to a net exporter. University of Missouri studies have shown that the export program has added more than $2 to the price of live hogs.

"We will now await the Appeals Court ruling so we can continue to build on the accomplishments of promotion, research and consumer information on behalf of U.S. pork producers," concludes Christensen.

Source: National Pork Board