Individuals and families who have made significant contributions through pork promotion, consumer and producer education, youth mentoring, and service to the pork industry were recognized by the Minnesota Pork Board (MPB) in the Minnesota Pork Magazine, distributed this week. The annual Awards Reception is being planned for the summer of 2021. Details on this event will be forthcoming.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual or group who has contributed to the long-term success of Minnesota pig farmers. This year, the recipient of the award was Dr. Tim Loula, of Nicollet, Minnesota.
The Environmental Steward Award recognizes an individual and/or operation demonstrating the positive contributions pig farmers make to the natural environment. This year, the recipients of the award were Stephan and Kristian Melson, of Trimont.
The Family of the Year Award honors a farm family who has contributed to the long-term success of Minnesota’s pig-raising traditions. This year, the recipient of the award was the Schafer Family, of Goodhue.
The Pork Promoter of the Year Award highlights an individual, couple, or family who has done an outstanding job promoting pork products and the raising of pigs. This year, the recipient of the award was Mike Patterson, of Kenyon.
The Swine Manager of the Year Award distinguishes an employee (non-owner) who excels in the management and care of pigs. This year, the recipient of the award was Laura Sherman, of Hendricks.