Mark Daughtry and James Lamb, pig farmers from Clinton, served as delegates to the Pork Act Delegate assembly Feb. 28-March 2 in Kansas City. Lamb and Daughtry were appointed as a delegate by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
“It was important to me to represent pork producers from across the United States as a Pork Act delegate,” Lamb said. “As an industry, we are committed to ‘elevate U.S. pork as the global protein of choice by continously and collaboratively working to do what’s right for people, pigs and the planet.’ This was reinforced throughout the Pork Act delegate meet.”
Lamb and Daughtry were two of 163 appointed delegates who traveled from 47 states across the country to represent pork producers and importers who sell pork products in the U.S. The duties of the delegate body include nominating members to serve on the National Pork Board, establishing how much of the Pork Checkoff is returned to state pork organizations and providing direction in pork promotion, research and consumer and producer education priorities by the Checkoff.
To fund programs, America’s pork producers contribute 40 cents of every $100 of sales to the Checkoff. Importers use a sales formula to contribute a similar amount. The role of the Pork Checkoff is to promote and enhance consumer pork demand on a global basis, as well as to invest in research designed to building consumer confidence and educating America’s pig farmers about livestock production practices through training and certification programs also are key priorities.
The National Pork Board approved a 2018 budget for national spending of $63.2 million for promotion, research and education programs. The strategic direction of the Pork Checkoff is centered on building consumer trust, driving sustainable producton and growing consumer demand in the United States and globally.
“It has never been more critical that we work together as producers and food-chaing partners to provide high-quality prok products to consumers,” Daughtry said.