The voluntary funding program or SIP has been very effective in bringing SDPPC to the table working with state and federal legislative and regulatory officials on issues that may impede our freedom to operate. In keeping with the 6 “We Care” principles around responsibility and sustainability, communicating this messaging is important for all of us in the Pork industry. SIP funding allows SDPPC to hire a lobbyist and bring producers to Pierre and Washington DC to educate and influence our lawmakers towards science-based and sustainable policy dealing with production and environmental issues as well as funding for important projects including all of agriculture.

Pork Checkoff vs voluntary unrestricted funds

The national mandatory pork checkoff was established in 1985 when the Pork Act and Order was established by Congress. While it has changed some in the past 36 years, its present form of 40 cents per 100 dollars of value for every hog marketed in America has been in place since 2001. The Act and Order restricts this funding to only be spent on research, education and promotion for the hog industry. It currently generates approximately 65-70 million dollars per year depending on market conditions and cannot be spent on anything that might influence Government or is outside of the 3 mandates. The National Pork Board governs these dollars and takes a very serious look at the best way to spend them for the betterment of the industry.

The National Pork Producers Council is the lobbying arm of the industry and exists on a voluntary funding Program of 10 cents per 100 dollars value which provides unrestricted funds for legislative and regulatory issues that arise in our segment of the food chain.

2021 Allied Industry, Contract Grower, Employee Membership Form

2021 Producer Membership Form