A U.S. District Court judge in Michigan has ruled the mandatory pork checkoff program is unconstitutional, and has called for a halt in collection of funds effective Nov. 25.

"We strongly support the pork checkoff program as enacted by Congress and disagree with this ruling," says NPPC President Dave Roper. "We will ask the government to immediately request a stay of the District Court’s ruling,"

The Kimberly, ID, pork producer declares: "The ruling is an attempt to take away the ability of pork producers to invest in our futures and to obtain the necessary research that is critical to sustaining the industry and providing consumers with safe, nutritious and high quality food products. There is a strong case in support of the constitutionality of the pork checkoff program and we are hopeful that a higher court will rule to overturn the District Court’s decision."

The challenge to the constitutionality of the pork checkoff was raised by the Campaign for Family Farms, a White Bear Lake, MN-based group.