Minnesota Pork Congress, the state’s only swine specific tradeshow and educational event, will be Jan. 18-19 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The tradeshow, seminars and social events aim to provide pork producers, unit managers, site employees and other pork enthusiasts with timely and current information.

Pork Congress 2012 runs Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, if preregistered by Jan. 3, and $15 per person at the door.

The tradeshow will feature 140 companies exhibiting equipment and services specifically geared towards those who own, manage and care for hogs.

Among this year’s seminar highlights will be speaker Haydn Shaw. He will deliver the keynote address, Leading Across Multiple Generations. Other seminar topics include barn ventilation, energy savings in nurseries, state legislative preview, manure pit foaming, pork exports, alternative feeds, market outlook, daily hog chore routine and swine disease analysis. Custom manure applicator, PQA Plus and TQA certification trainings will also be offered.

In conjunction with Pork Congress, Minnesota Pork Industry Award recipients and outgoing Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Pork Producers Association Executive Board members will be recognized at the MPB Awards Reception on Jan. 17 at the Minneapolis Hilton.

Honored at this year’s awards reception will be Environmental Steward, Laura and Wayne Dahl of Dawson; Pork Promoter of the Year, Mike Murphy of Fairmont; Swine Manager of the Year, Mark Uilk, Pipestone System; Family of the Year, Charles and Wanda Patsche of Welcome; and Distinguished Service, Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake.

For online registration, seminar specifics, exhibitor listing, hotel information and maps, go to www.mnpork.com/porkcongress or telephone 1-800-537-7675. Minnesota Pork Congress is sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA).

Pork production is Minnesota’s leading livestock industry, annually generating $6 billion into the state economy and employing 22,500 individuals.