Minnesota Pork Congress trade show National Hog Farmer/Kevin Schulz

Minnesota Pork Congress ready to roll

The 2018 Minnesota Pork Congress kicks off on Tuesday, but related activities get under way today with the annual meetings of the Minnesota Pork Board and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association.

The 2018 Minnesota Pork Congress kicks off on Tuesday, but related activities get under way today with the annual meetings of the Minnesota Pork Board and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association.

Annual awards will be given tonight at the awards reception honoring recipients of the 2018 Minnesota Pork Industry Awards.

Distinguished Service: The late-Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota; sponsored by Minnesota Farm Bureau

Environmental Steward: Larry Jacobson, University of Minnesota; sponsored by Balzer Inc.

Family of the Year: The Families of John, Joe, and Mark Schwartz, Schwartz Farms Inc.; sponsored by Compeer Financial

Pork Promoter of the Year: Wakefield Pork; sponsored by Elanco

Swine Manager of the Year: Dustin Bakke, Compart’s Boar Store; sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition

Concluding Monday night’s festivities is the Taste of Elegance chef competition.

The Minnesota Pork Congress truly gets rolling Tuesday with a trade show and a full slate of seminars at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Jan. 16

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Pork Congress Registration; Minneapolis Convention Center, Mezzanine Level

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Pork Congress Trade Show; Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall A

9-10 a.m.: Seminar: Survival of Foreign Animal Disease Viruses in Feed Ingredients: What are the Threats and Mitigation Options?; Scott Dee, Pipestone Veterinary Services director of research; Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F & G

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Seminar: Pork Export Outlook; Dermot J. Hayes, Iowa State University professor of Economics; Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F, G

Noon-3:30 p.m.: Manure Applicators Workshop; Minneapolis Convention Center, M100 D, E, F, G

1-2 p.m.: Seminar: The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet; Nina Tiecholz, investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author; Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F, G

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Seminar: Sow Mortalities Discussion; Henry Johnson and Brad Leuwerke, Swine Vet Center; Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F, G

5 p.m.: Trade Show closes

5:15 p.m.: Hormel/Zoetis Social Hour: Special guest: America’s Pig Farmer of the Year; Minneapolis Hilton, Ballrooms

Jan. 17

9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Pork Congress Registration; Minneapolis Convention Center, Mezzanine Level

9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Pork Congress Trade Show; Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall A

9-10 a.m.: Seminar: Uncommon Allies — Farmers and Environmental Groups; Joe Smentek — Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council; Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F & G

10-11 a.m.: Seminar: Preparing for a Foreign Animal Disease: An overview of the Secure Pork Supply Plan; Dave Wright, Wright Veterinary Services; Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F & G

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Seminar: Market Outlook; Steve Meyer, Kerns and Associates; Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F, G

1:30 p.m.: Trade Show closes

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