USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the appointment of 154 pork producers and six importers to the 2010 National Pork Act  Delegate Body.  All appointees will serve a one-year term, and were selected from nominees submitted by state pork producer association and importer groups.

The delegates will participate in the National Pork Board's annual meeting held in conjunction with the National Pork Industry Forum. This year, that event will take place on March 4-6, in Kansas City, Mo. All pork industry personnel who contributes to the National Pork Checkoff are invited to attend.

Appointed members representing pork producers by state are:

  • Alabama: Luther Bishop, Joseph C. Hall
  • Alaska: Patricia R. Worrell, Richard C. Worrell
  • Arizona: Elizabeth J. Beck, Michael D. Terrill
  • Arkansas: Steve C. Stephan, K. Brad Vines
  • Colorado: Brett B. Rutledge, Keith A. Siemsen Delaware: Henry C. Johnson, IV, John B. Tigner, Jr.
  • Florida: Ricky Lyons
  • Georgia: Glenn Derochers, Dania S. DeVane
  • Hawaii: Wayne I. Shimokawa, Evelyn A. Telles
  • Idaho: Thomas A. Goodwin, Bradley K. Thornton
  • Illinois: Phillip J. Borgic, David L. Conrady, David D. Dedert, Michael E. Haag,
    Brent E. Scholl, Mark L. DeDecker
  • Indiana: Randy Curless, Emiley D. Gaskill, Nathan D. Hedden, Michael S. Lewis,
    Samuel D. Moffitt, Mark R. York
  • Iowa: Timothy J. Schmidt, Mark Meirick, Bryan K. Karwal, David D. Struthers,
    Stephen J. Burgmeier, Joel D. Van Gilst, Heather Lindberg-Hora, Rodney G.
    Dykstra, Howard T. Hill, Chad R. Keppy, Steven L. Kerns, Gregory R. Lear, Curtis
    D. Meier, David E. Moody, Oliver E. Moody, Dale G. Reicks, Marvin J. Rietema,
    Jamie M. Schmidt, Max S. Schmidt, Norman R. Schmitt, Gregory J. Schroeder, Leon
    C. Sheets, Derrick D. Sleezer, Scott W. Tapper, Bill J. Tentinger, Donald H.
    Toale, Eugene D. VerSteeg, John E. Vossberg, John P. Weber, Todd A. Wiley
  • Kansas: Kent F. Condray, Alan J. Haverkamp, Peter K. Sherlock, Michael L.
    Springer
  • Kentucky: Dennis O. Liptrap, John S. Medley, Jr.
  • Louisiana: Rebecca D. Luke-Lirette, Louis J. Lirette
  • Maine: Barrett A. Parks, Deena A. Parks
  • Maryland: Thomas G. Hartsock, Charles T. Linthicum, Jr.
  • Massachusetts: Lisa D. Colby
  • Michigan: Fred H. Walcott, Patrick M. Hunter, Edward L. Reed
  • Minnesota: Dustin Bakke, William L. Crawford, Pamela M Gierke, Curtis J.
    Johnson, Craig A. Mensink, James F. Merritt, Mary Lynn Peichel, Douglas B.
    Stade, Patrick E. Thome, Jacqueline S. Tlam, Timothy A. Waibel, Douglas K.
    Wenner
  • Mississippi: Ronnie K. Fagan, Charles R. Power
  • Missouri: Scott W. Phillips, Robert L. North, Scott G. Hays, William D. Kessler
  • Montana: Donald L. Herzog, John W. Rauser
  • Nebraska: Dennis L. Beethe, Greg L. Wortman, Brett M. Wilke, Troy D. McCain,
    Shane C. Meyer
  • Nevada: Becky A. Louk, David S. Louk
  • New Hampshire: Donna Abair, Jennifer L. Lamper
  • New Jersey: Salvatore J. Villari
  • New York: Bryan L. Schillawski, Sandra L. Hartman
  • North Carolina: Neill D. Westerbeek, Timothy H. Craig, Zack McCullen, III, L.
    Benjamin Outlaw, III, George H. Pettus, Gregory A. Sconyers, M. Todd See, E. Ray
    Summerlin, Jr., Janet C. Archer, David D. Herring, James L. Lamb
  • North Dakota: Todd E. Erickson, Craig J. Jarolimek
  • Ohio: Jim L. Albaugh, Michael J. Barhorst, Alan J. Evers, James R. Heimerl
  • Oklahoma: Lonnie C. Hoelscher, Joe C. Popplewell, Basil S. Werner, Karen D.
    Brewer,
  • Oregon: Wynn H. Mayfield, Kathy S. Mayfield
  • Pennsylvania: David A. Reinecker, Oscar J. Manbeck, Jeffrey D. Arner
  • South Carolina: Larry B. DeHart, John R. Harris
  • South Dakota: John D. Wipf, Ryan C. Storm, Laron R. Krause
  • Tennessee: James G. Weaver, Brandon M. Whitt
  • Texas: H. Melton Harms, Jason D. Pooley
  • Utah: Ryan Goff, James W. Webb
  • Virginia: Keith D. Allen, B. Ryan Horsley
  • Washington: Karrie L. Klingeman, Paul M. Klingeman, Sr.
  • Wisconsin: Deborah L. Gay, Robert G. Spurley
  • Wyoming: Ana L. Shmidl, Krisha N. Custis
  • Importers appointed to the Delegate Body are: David E. Biltchik, Stig H.
    Kjaeroe, Ole Nielsen, Albert F. Pish, Roland L. Schinbeckler and Jason E.
    Topolewski

Established under the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985, the Pork Act Delegate Body and the National Pork Board have implemented a national program designed to improve the pork industry's position in the marketplace.

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service oversees operations of the Delegate Body. Representation on the Delegate Body is based on annual net assessments collected on sales of domestic hogs within individual states, with a minimum of two producers from each state. States have the option of not submitting nominees.

Delegates meet annually to recommend the rate of assessment, determine the percentage of assessments that state associations will receive and nominate producers and importers to the 15 member National Pork Board. The Delegate Body will be seated during the March 4-6, 2010, National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, Mo.

The National Pork Checkoff program is funded by an assessment currently set at 0.40 percent of the
market value of all hogs sold in the United States. An equivalent amount on
imported hogs, pork and pork products is also collected.

Source: USDA