The Minnesota Pork Board’s Annual Meeting will be held on Dec. 7, featuring   Chris Novak, National Pork Board chief executive officer as the keynote speaker. The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, Mankato, Minn.

All pork producers who pay into the National Pork Checkoff are stakeholders in the Minnesota Pork Board and  are eligible to vote and to give their input on pork checkoff programs. Membership in a county pork producers' association is not required to participate in the MPB meeting.

The meeting agenda will include review of the 2010 MPB financial statement and programs, discussion on pork checkoff related resolutions and election of MPB Executive Board/Pork Act Delegates. The MPB Executive Board/Pork Act Delegates will serve as the 2011 board members and as Minnesota's 2012 National Pork Forum voting delegates.

The following individuals are running for the 12 MPB Executive Board/Pork Act Delegates seats:

Bill Crawford of Fairmont, Pat FitzSimmons of Dassel, Meg Freking of Jackson, Curt Johnson of Jasper, Jeff Lopez of Raymond ,Craig Mensink of Preston, Mary Peichel of Fairfax, Nate Potter of Springfield, Sheila Schmid of Sleepy Eye,  Doug Stade of Eden Valley, Tim Steuber of Fairmont, Pat Thome of Adams, Jackie Tlam of Dunnell, Tim Waibel of New Ulm and Jason Welter of Stewartville. Nominations will also be accepted at the meeting.

Resolutions presented at the annual meeting must relate to pork checkoff programs. Resolutions made at the meeting will require a two-thirds margin to be brought to the floor for discussion and three-fourths majority vote for approval.

A luncheon for meeting attendees will be served at the Country Inn & Suites from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The Minnesota Pork Board Annual Meeting will be from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., followed by a social event. To help with meal planning, seating and handouts, preregistration is requested but not necessary. To preregister, contact the MPB office at (800) 537-7675 or e-mail to

The Minnesota Pork Producers Association Annual Meeting will be held from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. MPPA members address public policy and legislation is not associated with the National Pork Checkoff. The MPPA meeting is open to those who are enrolled in the Strategic Invest Program and the Partners Program.

 Source: MPPA