The pork R&P program operates as the National Pork Board. The program's goal is to develop and expand markets for pork and pork products. The program is funded by a mandatory assessment of $0.40 of $100 market value of all pigs sold in the United States, as well as an equivalent amount on imported pigs, pork, and pork products. The assessments are used to fund promotional and information campaigns and to conduct research in such areas as the role of pork in human diets and new product development.
The program was created and is administered under the authority of the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985 (pdf). It became effective September 5, 1986, when the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order (pdf) was implemented. Assessments began on November 1, 1986.
Organization of the National Pork Board
The National Pork Board is composed of 15 pork producers and importers, who are nominated by the National Pork Producers Delegate Body. The Delegate Body has approximately 160 members. They include a minimum of 2 producers authorized from each of the 43 active pig-producing States, as well as importers. The Delegate Body recommends the assessment rate and determines what percentage of the assessments will be returned to State producer organizations.
The Secretary of Agriculture appoints Delegate Body members from pork producers who have been nominated through special elections or other USDA-approved selection processes in each State. Importers are selected from individuals nominated by an eligible organization.
Nominations & Membership
Next Term of Office: The Delegate Body members serve for terms of 1 year or until their replacements have been appointed. All Board members serve three-year terms. No board member can serve more than two consecutive three-year terms. Approximately one-third of the Board is appointed each year.
Eligibility Requirements: In accordance with the statute, a nominee to the Delegate Body ultimately must be a pork producer or importer who has paid all assessments due.
Nomination Process: Members of the National Pork Board are nominated by Delegate Body members who are pork producers or importers of porcine animals, pork or pork products nominated by their State pork producer associations or individually, then officially appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. All nominees are subject to USDA background review.
AMS Policy on Board Diversity: AMS policy is that the diversity of the board should reflect the diversity of their industries in experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies, and other distinguishing factors that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. When submitting nominations, the industry must consider the diversity of the population served and the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the members to serve a diverse population.
- Form LPS-35 - Nomination of Pork Producers for Appointment to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body
- National Pork Board Form AD-755 - Advisory Committee Membership Background Information
- National Pork Act Delegate Body Form AD-755 - Advisory Committee Membership Background Information
- Nominee's Agreement to Serve Form
- LPS 101 - Pork Promotion Investment Report
Organic Assessment Exemption
R&P programs allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed or import “organic” and “100 percent organic” products to be exempt from paying assessments regardless of whether they are a “split” operation.
Mailing Address & Fax Number
USDA, AMS, LPS, RPD
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
STOP 0248 Room 2608
Washington, DC 20250
USDA Oversight Contact
Maribel Reyna (Oversees National Pork Board)