Illinois delegates approved formation of a new statewide membership program at their recent annual meeting in Peoria, IL.

The new membership program will include categories for producers, contract producers, employees, allied industry and associate members. Dues will differ for each membership category. Producer dues are suggested at 5¢/hog marketed and 3¢/feeder pig or weaner. The new program goes into effect July 1, 2002.

Funds will be used to represent producers on legislative and regulatory issues.