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National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held in March
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/22/2014

Delegates from across the country will gather in Kansas City for the annual National Pork Industry Forum later this winter. The March 6-8 meeting will allow the 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board and Pork Checkoff staff leadership will hear directly from the 156 forum delegates appointed by USDA.

Each year the Pork Act Delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements, and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry. This year the delegates include 152 pork producers and four pork importers.

The theme for the annual pork forum - The Power of One: Many producers united in a common goal - was selected in reference to how the industry is taking proactive steps to join together in meeting the challenges facing the industry. From tackling concerns raised by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus to responding to consumers seeking to learn how food is produced, thousands of individual farmers are doing their part to produce pork in a caring, responsible and professional manner.

In advance of the annual meeting, members of the National Pork Board will also convene their March board meeting. The agenda for that meeting will include updates on 2014 plans to enhance pork demand, increase market opportunities, improve pork production practices and invest in research priorities.

Included on the 2014 Pork Forum agenda will be opportunities for pork producers to become trained in the pork industry's Pork Quality Assurance Plus certification process, as well as provide input into the Pork Checkoff's new strategic plan that is currently being developed.

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