March 8, 2017
Pork Act Delegates ranked eight candidates for the National Pork Board at the National Pork Industry Forum, March 1-3 in Atlanta. They submitted the list to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The candidates, ranked in order by delegate voting results:
Brett Kaysen, Colorado (second-term incumbent)
Steve Rommereim, South Dakota (second-term incumbent)
Scott Phillips, Missouri
Heather Hill, Indiana
Deborah Ballance, North Carolina
Todd Erickson, North Dakota
Kristine Scheller-Stewart, North Carolina (second-term incumbent)
Charles Wildman, Ohio
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will select five members from the slate elected by the delegates to fill the roles of outgoing board members effective July 2017. The five nominees will each serve a three-year term. Fifteen pork producers serve on the National Pork Board, each limited to serving no more than two concurrent terms.
Delegates also elected Bryn Jensson, Iowa, and William Knapke, Ohio, to fill the two open positions on the Nominating Committee. The committee recruits and screens candidates for the National Pork Board and does not require approval by the secretary.
In other business, delegates approved two non-binding directives for the National Pork Board. The approved advisements read:
2017 – DE 1 Export – submitted by Minnesota Pork Board. In order to support the National Pork Board Strategic Goal and to offer more revenue opportunities for pork producers, the Minnesota Pork Board recognizes the National Pork Board for its efforts to increase investments in exports and encourages continued budget prioritization and spending on export programs in 2017 and 2018 budgets. (Approved by delegates)
2017 – ST 1 Research – submitted by Indiana Pork Producer Association. The National Pork Board is advised to facilitate and provide financial resources toward a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research effort aimed at improving current industry livability rates from conception to slaughter. (Referred to Animal Science Committee)
Reports on advisement progress will be delivered to delegates attending the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, March 1-2, 2018.
Source: National Pork Board
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