The Minnesota Pork Board Annual Meeting will begin at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, room M100 D-G, in downtown Minneapolis. Prior to the meeting, the National Pork Board will host an 11:15 a.m. luncheon.

Pork producers who have paid into the mandatory pork checkoff are eligible to attend and vote at the MPB Annual Meeting. The agenda includes an election of pork producers to serve one-year terms on the MPB Executive Board. These same individuals will serve as 2007 Pork Act Delegates to the National Pork Industry Forum in March.

Candidates have been selected, but additional persons may be nominated from the floor during the annual meeting. USDA officials determine the number of Minnesota Pork Act Delegates based on the annual sale of hogs within the state. Minnesota's allocation is estimated to be 11 Pork Act Delegates.

Annual meeting attendees also vote on Pork Checkoff. Resolutions, which orginate from regional organizations, MPB and from the "floor" during the annual meeting. Resolutions proposed at the annual meeting require a two-thirds margin to be brought to the floor for discussion and a three-fourths majority vote for approval.

Any producer who is a resident of the state and has paid all checkoff assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and that the checkoff was deducted, or that they represent a person who has paid checkoff. For more information, contact the Minnesota Pork Board office at (507) 345-8814.