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National Pork Board

The National Pork Board (NPB) collects the National Pork Checkoff funds and utilizes those dollars to implement programs of promotion, research, and consumer information designed to enhance the marketing of U.S. pork and pork products. The governing body of NPB is a group of 15 pork producers or importers, nominated by Pork Act Delegates at the National Pork Forum and appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. All states have a voice in how pork checkoff funds are spent at the Annual Meeting. The number of delegates from each state is determined by the checkoff collection. Pork Act Law 

National Pork Producers Council

 The mission of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is to fight for reasonable legislation and regulations, develop revenue and market opportunities and protect the livelihoods of America’s 67,000 pork producers. Public-policy issues on which it focuses are in the areas of agriculture and industry, animal health and food safety, environment and energy and international trade.  The NPPC is funded through voluntary funding from the Pork Industry.

United States Department of Agriculture

United States Department of Agriculture's mission is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

Maryland Department of Agriculture

Maryland Department of Agriculture preserves agicultural land, protects the health and safety of citizens, livestock and companion animals, and myriad agricultural products and agricultural-related industries, all while conserving and protecting our state's treasured natural resources, especially the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Farm Bureau

Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) is a private, non-profit membership organization. It is completely controlled by its members through the democratic process and is financed by voluntary membership dues. MFB's purpose is to increase net farm income and improve the quality of life by providing a legislative voice, increasing public understanding and promoting member involvement. The organization helps members accomplish their goals together - somethig they cannot do alone. 

University of Maryland Extension

University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UME educational programs and problem-solving assistance are available to citizens and are based on the research and experience of land grant universities such as the University of Maryland, College Park.