Financial lenders who have pork producers as clients will gain valuable and up-to-date pork  related financial, market, export, production and legislative information at the fourth annual Pork Lenders Meeting. This event is designed specifically for members of the banking community.

The Pork Lenders Meeting will be July 29 at the Country Inn & Suites, 1900 Premiere Drive, Mankato, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per attendee and includes lunch, breaks and handouts. The preregistration deadline is July 19.

For secure online registration or to download a registration form, go to or call the Minnesota Pork Board at 1-800-537-7675.

Dr. Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics, Inc. and a livestock and agricultural economics specialist, will open the meeting with his Market Outlook presentation. Meyer will explore what the current economic situation means for pork producers and his view on national and global factors influencing pork demand, feed costs and trade.

State and National Public Policy Update presenters, Minnesota Pork Producers Association Executive Director David Preisler and National Pork Producers Council Vice President Pat McGonegle, will discuss how free trade agreements, farm bill re-authorization, energy policy and regulations influence production costs, management and product demand.

The Minnesota Voluntary PRRS Elimination Project (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) presentation by David Wright, DVM, will look at costs related with a PRRS outbreak in the swine herd, the importance of a PRRS negative swine herd and project efforts to reduce PRRS incidents. The project is a joint effort between the U of M, veterinarians and pork producers.

Program sponsors are the Minnesota Pork Board and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association.

For more information on the Pork Lenders Meeting, contact Minnesota Pork Board Assistant Executive Director Jeremy Geske at 1-800-537-7675 or