The National Pork Board approved a budget of $55.6 million in checkoff-funded programs for 2002. Some $45.8 million will be spent on national programs, $9.8 million returned to states for local, checkoff-funded programs.

Increased spending was targeted for biosecurity, animal welfare and communications.

Overall, the National Pork Board targeted 59% of the checkoff funds for promotion, 27% for research and 14% for consumer information (Figure 1).

The Agriculture Department must now approve the budget.

For more on checkoff-funded programs, access www.porkboard.org.