MORRIS, PETREE NAMED PORK PRODUCER DELEGATES
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Stanley Morris of Ashville and Jon A. Petree of Red Bay are among 154 pork producers and eight importers nationwide appointed to the 2007 National Pork Producers Delegate Body.
The appointments, made by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns last week, are for one-year terms. The delegates were selected from nominees submitted by state pork producer association and importer groups.
Morris serves as chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation's State Pork Committee, while Petree serves as its first vice chairman.
Established under the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985, the Delegate Body and the National Pork Board have implemented a national program designed to improve the pork industry's position in the marketplace.
The program is funded by an assessment currently set at 0.40 percent of the market value of all hogs sold in the United States. An equivalent amount on imported hogs, pork, and pork products is also collected.
Delegates meet annually to recommend the rate of assessment, determine the percentage of assessments that state associations will receive and nominate producers and importers to the 15-member National Pork Board. The Delegate Body will be seated during the March 1-3 National Pork Industry Forum in Anaheim, Calif. Petree will also serve as Alabama's representative to the National Pork Producers Council at the meeting.
Representation on the Delegate Body is based on annual net assessments collected on sales of domestic hogs within individual states, with a minimum of two producers from each state. States have the option of not submitting nominees.