03-26-20 Pork Checkoff Hosts Ag Media Teleconference: Hogs and Pigs Report, COVID-19 Update and More

Pork Checkoff Hosts Ag Media Teleconference: Hogs and Pigs Report, COVID-19 Update and More

The Pork Checkoff hosted a news media teleconference following the release of USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report at 2pm MT on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  The teleconference featured the reactions, of several distinguished agricultural economists, to the report. The teleconference is designed for news media and will provide time for media questions to the panel.

The panelists included: 

  • James Mintert, director, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Daniel Bluntzer, president, New Frontier Capital Markets, Robstown, Texas
  • John Nalivka, president, Sterling Marketing, Vale, Oregon
  • Additionally, Bill Even, CEO of National Pork Board, will join this call for a brief update on the response to COVID-19 by the Pork Checkoff.


The National Pork Board is responsible for conducting 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 pigs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs, including 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, call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or visit www.pork.org