Pork Board to approve Checkoff's 2009 budget
The National Pork Board will meet in early November to
approve the 2009 Pork Checkoff budget before sending it to the US Department of
Agriculture. Pork producers pay 40 cents for each $100 value of hogs sold to the
The programme, whose 2008 budget is $51 million budget
plans to address five critical issues through promotion, research and consumer
These critical issues are to enhance the
competitive advantage of US pork, protect and expand international markets, get
more pork purchased, develop a quality work force that has producer leadership
and technical advisors, and improve trust and the image of the pork industry and
its products. These same issues will be followed in 2009.
Steve Murphy, chief executive officer for the National Pork Board until Chris
Novak takes over the role Oct. 1, this year's first and second quarter saw 250
million pounds of pork sold as a result of checkoff retail programs, and 52
million pounds were incremental increases over the first two quarters of 2007.
Checkoff funds have also created training tools and other materials to
help producers improve their operations, such as a brochure, titled "Alternative
Feed Ingredients in Swine Diets," that is available to help producers deal with
high costs of corn and soybeans. Related Website
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