About IPPA

Who we are:

The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is an agricultural trade association representing more than 1,600 pork producers throughout Illinois. IPPA is comprised of county pork producer organizations in more than 20 counties throughout Illinois. IPPA is an affiliate of the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board. IPPA provides producers with services that enhance profitability and preference for pork.


IPPA has served pork producers for more than 50 years. IPPA is governed by a 21-member board of directors who are all pork producers with the exception of the Allied Industry Representative. Pork producers serve on a variety of committees that plan IPPA activities throughout the year. Producer delegates set policy and give direction to programs at IPPA’s annual meeting.


How we impact the Illinois economy:

The Illinois pork industry contributes an estimated $13.8 billion to the state's economy. Hog production makes up $1.1 billion and hog processing makes up $12.7 billion. Additionally, the pork industry supports over 57,000 jobs in Illinois.

The video below highlights a barn constructed in Shelby County several years ago that included nearly 100% of the materials sourced from lllinois companies.  Get an insiders perspective from the late, Jack Kirk, of Longhorn Cattle and Swine Confinements and other industry partners.

See how materials made in Illinois helps build this hog barn in Shelby County.



Our mission:

IPPA’s mission is to provide producers with services that enhance profitability and consumer preference for pork.


Checkoff vs. Non-Checkoff


Checkoff funds provide many services and programs. Pork producers pay 35 cents per $100 value into the national pork checkoff program for each pig marketed. For example a pork producer marketing a 250 lb. hog at $40/cwt. would pay about 35 cents per pig into the checkoff program. The pork checkoff funds activities such as: pork promotion, education to consumers, teachers, and producers, youth programs, and research on pork related issues.


Non-checkoff programs are funded by membership dues and proceeds from the Pork Patio at the Illinois State Fair and from the Illinois Pork Expo, held annually at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. Non-checkoff programs focus on state and national legislative issues. IPPA works to represent pork producers’ best interest on issues of importance to both producers and the industry.


IPPA Strategic Statement

To maintain and grow pork production in Illinois as a viable industry, enhancing demand for fresh pork by educating consumers, connecting with policy makers, enhancing public perception, and adding value to pork producers through education and issue resolution resulting in SIP enrollments increasing to 70% of known pig farms.


IPPA Organization Priorities

  1. Animal Health (Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness)
  2. Increasing Membership (Strategic Investment Program)
  3. Increasing Pork Consumption (Domestically and Internationally)
  4. Labor (How to address the shortage and bring people into our industry)
  5. Support pork producers’ freedom to operate and increase market access