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USDA to consider fate of Pork Checkoff

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service announced Thursday that it plans to soon ask pork producers and importers of hogs and pork if they want a continuation referendum conducted on the national pork program.

AMS said should 15% of eligible producers and importers indicate that they do, the referendum will be held within one year after the results of the survey are announced.

The results of the referendum will be binding on the secretary of agriculture, meaning that should a majority of those participating in the referendum vote to recall the program, the secretary would be required to order that the program be closed down.

The program manages the pork checkoff that collects 40 cents per $100 of price in all swine selling transactions, and the checkoff is used to fund pork advertising and promotion, consumer information, industry research and producer education.

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