The 2012 annual meetings for the Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) and Minnesota Pork Board (MPB) will be Dec. 4 at the Country Inn & Suites, Mankato. The MPPA meeting will be from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and the MPB meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m.

MPPA speakers and agenda items will include a presentation by National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Chief Executive Director Neil Dierks, MPPA Executive Board member elections and resolutions.

Candidates for the three MPPA Executive Board seats are David Braun of Le Sueur, Jim Compart of Nicollet, Jay Moore of Jackson and Lori Stevermer of Easton. Board members serve a three-year-term.

The MPPA is a voluntary membership association that is funded by the Strategic Investment Program (SIP) and by Pork Partners. The MPPA focuses its work on legislative and public policy matters and does not receive or utilize pork checkoff funding for its programs.

The MPB Annual Meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. Pork producers who have paid into the pork checkoff and individuals representing an entity that has paid into the pork checkoff are encouraged to attend. The MPB addresses pork checkoff promotional, educational and research programs.

MPB Annual Meeting keynote speaker will be National Pork Board (NPB) Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak, who will discuss national pork checkoff programs. Other agenda items will include MPB Executive Board member elections, financial report and program review.

Candidates for the 12 MPB Executive Board seats are Reuben Bode of Courtland, Kevin Estrem of Nerstrand, Pat FitzSimmons of Dassel, Meg Freking of Jackson, Kelly Graff of Sanborn, Brad Hennen of Ghent, Brian Johnson of Walnut Grove, Alan Langseth of Worthington, Nate Potter of Springfield, Sheila Schmid of Sleepy Eye, Tim Steuber of Fairmont, Pat Thome of Adams and Jackie Tlam of Dunnell. Board members serve one-year terms and also represent Minnesota at the National pork checkoff meeting.

Pork producers and other meeting attendees are also invited to a complimentary luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a social following the meetings.

To help with planning meals, seating, handouts and ballots, individuals who plan to attend the MPPA and MPB meetings are encouraged to call the Minnesota Pork office in advance at (800) 537-7675 or to email their name and mailing address to