IPPA was originally known as the Iowa Swine Growers Association, with meetings dating back to the early 1930s. ISGA began meeting regularly to find solutions for management problems, disease control and how to improve the hog through genetics, breeding and nutrition.
By the early 1960s, pork production evolved into an industry where more producers raised hogs only for market, while breeding stock producers became more specialized. Producers also began to recognize the growing number of factors that were impacting the profitability of the operations. A small group of producers was determined to push pork’s message of a delicious, versatile product beyond the farm.
As the excitement caught on, county groups were formed, meetings held, and in April 1968, the Iowa Pork Producers Association was formed.
County pork producer organizations
Local pork producers join forces at the county level and fund the organization through a membership fee, which also provides them with membership to the IPPA and to the National Pork Producers Council.
County organizations support their local communities in a variety of ways, including classroom visits, grilling events, sponsoring local programs and partnerships with retailers and restaurants to promote pork and pork products. County organizations also play an important role in representing their local pork producers to key elected officials and opinion leaders in their community.
During the annual meeting in January, county delegates have the opportunity to identify their own priorities by developing and changing policy on behalf of Iowa’s pork producers.
Iowa Pork Foundation
The Iowa Pork Foundation (IPF) is operated to support or benefit Iowa pork producers. In recent years, the IPF has distributed about $25,000 annually for scholarships to young people with an interest in agriculture in the state of Iowa. About $25,000 has been awarded annually for these scholarships. In addition, the IPF supports the internship program at IPPA, with three interns hired each year.
Iowa Pork Foundation
c/o Iowa Pork Producers Association
1636 N.W. 114th St.
Clive, IA 50325-7071
- Past President
Eight District Directors
- Four Region Directors
- One Allied Director
- One Iowa Purebred Swine Council Representative
- One National Pork Board Representative
- One National Pork Producers Council Representative
The Pork Checkoff in Iowa
The present Checkoff rate is .40 percent of the market value of each hog, or 40 cents per $100 of value. Iowa, the largest pork producing state in the nation, with nearly 30 million hogs produced annually, contributes 31 percent of the nation’s pork supply and generates nearly one third of all Checkoff revenue in the United States.
IPPA receives 16.5 percent of all Checkoff money collected on sales of hogs originating from Iowa. The remaining 83.5 percent of the funds collected from Iowa hog sales are invested in national programs developed by the National Pork Board.
How are Pork Checkoff programs planned by IPPA?
New programs are developed by county delegates during the IPPA Annual Meeting or by the board of directors. An official IPPA committee oversees each program.
IPPA typically has 15 working committees that bring together almost 200 producers, allied industry associates, specialists and experts to discuss and improve the areas of promotion, research, producer education and consumer information.
IPPA Checkoff Expenses
Consumer Information and Promotion – 40%
Production Technology and Producer Education – 32%
* Percentages based on Pork Checkoff 2013 allocation
IPPA and public policy
How are policy decisions made by IPPA?
Public policy decisions are made by the delegate body during the IPPA Annual Meeting, by the IPPA Public Policy Committee and the IPPA Board of Directors.
Congress prohibits the use of Checkoff funds for legislative issues. Therefore, government affairs programs are funded primarily in three ways:
- IPPA Membership Dues
- Strategic Investment Program
- Revenue generated from the Iowa Pork Tent at the Iowa State Fair and Iowa Pork Congress
IPPA Membership dues vary by county and usually range from $25 to $45 annually. Producers and allied businesses join their county pork producer organization, which guarantees them membership with IPPA and the National Pork Producers Council.
The Strategic Investment Program is a voluntary funding program to support public policy and advocacy programs in Iowa and on a national level. The assessment is 10 cents per $100 of value, with 40 percent of the collections distributed to IPPA and the remaining 60 percent going to the National Pork Producers Council.
Membership and Strategic Investment Program – 63%
Iowa Pork Tent – 11%
Interest and Dividends – 7%
Miscellaneous – .5%
State Government Relations – 11%
Producer Support – 46%
Producer Advocacy/PR – 37%