06-28-18 Pork Checkoff Ag Media Tele-Conference Call


Thursday, June 28, 2018 – The Pork Checkoff will hosted news media conference call following the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Thursday, June 28, 2018. This quarterly teleconference featured three distinguished agricultural economists and their reactions to the report.
The panelists included:

Dr. Ron Plain, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Dr. Lee Shulz, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Joe Kerns, President, Kerns and Associates, Ames, IA


The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at www.pork.org.