National Pork Board & National Pork Producers Council

Before the concepts of social responsibility and sustainability were broadly discussed, farmers united to bring their collective expertise together in a way that would benefit the entire industry. Since that time, efforts to improve farming methods and to advance farmers’ commitment to responsible agriculture have been very successful. Organizations such as the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council exist in part to advance improvements in farming methods and showcase farmers’ commitment to responsible agriculture.

History of the National Pork Board

The National Pork Board is the descendent of a long line of pork associations in the United States. Several decades ago, forward-thinking industry members recognized that the needs and common issues faced by pig farmers could best be addressed by working together and utilizing shared resources. Today, the National Pork Board fulfills the vision of its predecessor organizations by setting and achieving goals that benefit the industry, food chain partners and the consuming public.

Officially, the National Pork Board was created by an act of Congress: the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985. Known commonly as the Pork Act, this legislation established the Pork Checkoff, which provided a means of collecting funds based on the number of pigs sold/marketed and established a method for investment in specific projects for the betterment of the entire industry.

The work of the National Pork Board is far-reaching, covering research, promotion and advertising, education programs for industry members, export promotion, as well as initiatives to improve production methods and environmental management. Its membership of more than 63,000 pig farmers is committed to continuous improvement of the industry as a whole.

National Pork Board
1776 NW 114th St., Des Moines, IA  50325


Today’s National Pork Board is a catalyst for bringing pork producers together with other stakeholders to build a bright future for the pork industry through research, promotion and education

History of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)

Working on behalf of its 42 affiliate state pork associations, the National Pork Producers Council is the voice of the pork industry on public policy issues ranging from animal health and food safety to environment, energy and international trade. The organization’s ongoing outreach efforts have the sole purpose of enhancing opportunities for the success of America’s pig farmers and related industry stakeholders — both domestically and internationally.

NPPC works closely with the National Pork Board to advance issues of common interest. As an example, the We CareSM initiative is a collaborative effort of both organizations, along with state pork associations, to communicate and advance the industry’s commitment to responsible animal agriculture.

National Pork Producers Council
Washington Office
122 C St., NW Suite 875
Washington, DC  20001

Des Moines Office
10664 Justin Drive
Urbandale, IA  50322