Pork Act Delegates met at National Pork Industry Forum in Denver on March 1-3, ranked eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submitted the list to the U.S. secretary of agriculture.
The candidates, ranked in order, are:
- Brad Greenway, a current boardmember from South Dakota
- Dale Norton, a current boardmember from Michigan
- Craig Mensink of Minnesota
- Lisa Colby, a current boardmember from Massachusetts
- Carl Link of Ohio
- Janice Miller, a current boardmember from Nebraska
- Emiley Gaskill of Indiana and
- Ed Keller of New York
The secretary of agriculture will select five members from the slate elected by the delegates. National Pork Board members serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve two terms. There are 15 pork producers on the board.
Delegates also elected two members to the Nominating Committee, which recruits and screens candidates for the National Pork Board. Members of the Nominating Committee do not have to be approved by the secretary.
Delegates also approved four non-binding directives for the National Pork Board. They directed the board to:
- Improve the Pork QualityAssurance Plus (PQA Plus) program by adding a test to the certificationprocess, by adding an online option for certification by incorporating thehandling portion of the Transport Quality Assurance program and by addingcurriculum related strictly to barn workers.
- Carefully consider both scienceand consumer confidence when making decisions affecting pork productionmethods and the marketability of pork products.
- Cooperate with all segments ofthe food chain to develop workable sustainability guidelines that takeinto account food security, economic, ethical and environmental issues.
- Conduct additional research thatoptimizes sow housing types and enables producers to make informed sowhousing decisions; provide producers with the information and educationthey need to implement responsible sow housing on their farms; and ensurethat customers understand the animal well-being, environmental andproducer sustainability consequences of their marketing decisions.