The Minnesota Pork Congress, the Midwest’s best swine specific tradeshow and educational event, will be held Jan. 16-17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The tradeshow, seminars and social events provide hog farmers, barn managers, farm employees and other pork enthusiasts with timely and current information.

Minnesota Pork Congress hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is $15 per person.

The tradeshow will feature 150 companies in 250 booths exhibiting equipment and services specifically geared towards those who own, manage and care for hogs.

This year’s seminar highlights will include keynote speaker Dr. David Kohl, president of AgriVisions and professor emeritus of agricultural finance and small business management at Virginia Tech. Kohl will present Good to Great in Agriculture: Vision 2020 at noon on Wednesday. Kohl will also lead the seminar Financial and Management Planning for Young Producers.

Other seminars over the two-day Pork Congress will be Managing High Feed Costs, Market Outlook with economist Steve Meyer, PRRS Virus Elimination Efforts, The Future of Antibiotic Use in Pork Production, Swine Production Benchmarks with swine consultant Dr. Mike Brumm, Messages that Resonate with Consumers, Operation Main Street Refresher Course, and What to Expect in the 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session.

The annual Manure Applicators Workshop takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Jan. 15 at the Minneapolis Hilton, the Minnesota Pork Board will host the 25th anniversary of its pork culinary competition, Taste of Elegance, and honor award recipients and retiring executive board members at the annual Award Recognition Reception.

This year’s award honorees are Environmental Steward, Paul and Stephanie Fiedler, Fiedler Finishing, Villard; Pork Promoter of the Year, Reuben and Judy Bode, Courtland; Swine Manager of the Year, David Wubbena, Riverdale, Inc., Fairmont; Family of the Year, the Chris and Clare Veldhuizen Family, Edgerton; and Distinguished Service, posthumously presented to Bob Christensen, Christensen Farms, Sleepy Eye.

Executive board members who will be retiring from the Minnesota Pork Board are Bill Crawford of Fairmont, Curt Johnson of Jasper, Mary Peichel of Fairfax and Doug Stade of Eden Valley.

For seminar specifics, exhibitor listing, hotel information and maps, go to or telephone 1-800-537-7675. Minnesota Pork Congress is sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Producers Association.