Formed in 1957, the Maryland Pork Producers Association (MPPA) has a long history representing Maryland's swine industry and guiding public policy.  In its early years the association functioned primarily as support for the industry and for breed improvement.

In the mid-1980's, the association petitioned the State of Maryland, through the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Promotion of Use and Sale of Agricultural Commodity statute to establish a pork checkoff program.  The pork checkoff program received a portion of the net value of each hog sold with the funds being used for research, education and market development.  This expanded the role of the association to the promotion of pork products to the consumer.  In 1986, a national checkoff program was passed through a referendum of pork producers and the Maryland program was rolled into the national program.  The checkoff funds generated from the sale of Maryland hogs is sent by the purchaser to the National Pork Board and 50% of those funds are returned to MPPA for the local program.  The checkoff program collects 4¢ per $100 value of pork sold to the first purchaser.

Today, MPPA functions in two capacities: one to carry out the research, education and market development activities of the checkoff program and two, to represent and serve the pork industry through education, training, cooperation and coordination with other agricultural organizations and policy actions.  Checkoff funds are used solely for research, education and market development.  Membership funds and other non-checkoff funds are used to promote public policy to benefit pork producers.

The number of pigs raised in Maryland has decreased considerably from over 250,000 market hogs in the early 1990's to under 50,000 today.  This has resulted in a reduced checkoff income from a high of $35,000 in 1993 to under $15,000.  Even with these limited funds, MPPA: 

  • Promotes pork to consumers at trade shows, fairs and shows and other public events.  This includes providing information on food safety, cooking temperature, recipes, etc. This expands the market for pork to improve the profitability of the swine industry.

  • Assists with the training of pork producers under the NPB Pork Quality Assurance program that teaches farmers how to improve their production and reduces their environmental impact.

  • Provides support for young pork producers through 4-H and FFA and through Fairs and shows including providing awards for showing high quality pigs.

Support for MPPA activities is provided by two national organizations: the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) that is funded through voluntary contributions from pork producers to provide national policy support, and the National Pork Board (NPB) that is funded by checkoff funds to provide product promotion, education and research support at the national level.


Board of Directors

Jennifer Debnam, President
Conrad Langenfelder, Sec/Treas
Ricky Bauer
Steve Ernst
Franklin Feeser
Delbert Eby
Tom Hartsock
Jason Huff
Tom Linthicum
Patrick Rodgers
Joseph Stoltzfus
Bud Strohmer