The National Pork Board will hold its next meeting Nov. 18-20, 2013, in Des Moines, IA. Pork Board President Karen Richter, a farmer from Montgomery, MN, will preside over the meeting as the board finalizes the 2014 budget.

“We have a number of challenges ahead this next year from sustaining the momentum of our Pork. Be Inspired. campaign to helping producers facing new swine diseases find the answers they need to keep their pigs healthy. The budget that we've put together will help us meet these challenges head-on,” Richter says.

In addition to finalizing the Pork Checkoff 2014 budget, the agenda for the board meeting includes the following  issues:

  • Reviewing Pork Quality Assurance Plus program developments;
  • Providing updates on Pork Checkoff-funded research; and
  • Addressing producer education outreach on porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus.

The board of directors will also discuss an innovative program that could help producers during future swine disease outbreaks.

Meetings of the National Pork Board are open to the public. Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Jamie Lowrey Byrnes at jlowrey@pork.org, or (515) 223-2600.