Nate Potter of Springfield and Sheila Schmid of Sleepy Eye served as Pork Act Delegates for the Minnesota Pork Board (MPB) at National Pork Forum earlier this month in Orlando, Fla. Schmid also served as a delegate to the National Pork Producers Council Annual (NPPC) Meeting.
As Pork Act Delegates, Potter and Schmid were among 160 U.S. farmers and importers who sell pork products in the United States. The delegates provide direction to the pork promotion, research and consumer information programs that are funded by the Pork Checkoff.
U.S. pork producers contribute 40 cents of every $100 of sales to the Checkoff, and importers use a sales formula to contribute a similar amount.
Schmid was among the 18 Minnesota Pork Producers Association delegates to the NPPC Annual Meeting. The MPPA and NPPC are membership organizations that address public policy, legislation and trade initiatives. Their activities are funded through the Strategic Investment Program.
Potter is a MPB Executive Board member and vice chair of the Minnesota Pork Checkoff Human Capital Committee. Schmid is also a MPB Executive Board member and vice chair of the Minnesota Pork Checkoff Promotion Committee.
The 12 Minnesota Pork Act Delegates who attended forum were elected by farmers at the 2012 Minnesota Pork Board Annual Meeting. Their names were then forwarded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approval by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
The Pork Checkoff supports pork promotional efforts; research into animal welfare, food safety, animal health and the environment; educational programs for farmers; the We Care initiative; and other projects that enable farmers to remain competitive in a global marketplace. The Pork Checkoff also funds continuing research into environmental substantiality. This research has shown that when compared to 50 years ago, farmers use 41 percent less water and 78 percent less land to produce one pound of pork.
At the NPPC meeting, delegates elected Nicollet County farmer Jim Compart to the NPPC Board of Directors and congratulated Pipestone County farmer Randy Spronk as he assumed the role of NPPC president. The NPPC also awarded a scholarship to current Minnesota Pork Ambassador Sarah Marketon of Howard Lake and posthumously inducted the MPPA’s first executive director, Don Paulson, into the NPPC Hall of Fame.