Tuesday and Wednesday

January 14 & 15, 2014

Minnesota Pork Congress is sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Producers Association


Monday    |   Tuesday   |   Wednesday

Monday, January 13

Award Reception (Invitation Only)

5-6:30 p.m.
Hilton Hotel, Room Symphony III

Taste of Elegance (Invitation Only)

6:30 p.m.
Hilton Ballroom D-G

Emcee: Tom Rothman
Sponsors: Gislason & Hunter LLC, Hubbard Feeds Inc., Lime Valley Advertising, Inc., Community Bank, Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc.


Tuesday, January 14

Pork Congress Registration Opens

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center - Mezzanine Level

Tradeshow Opens

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center - Exhibit Hall A

Seminar:           9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.                                                                  L100 H

                            Antibiotic Residues: Methodology, Withdrawal Time and Incidences

                            Speaker: Dr. Steve Larson

                            10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.                                                         L100 F & G

                            The Trust Edge: What Top Leaders Have and 8 Pillars to Build It Yourself

                            Speaker: David Horsager

                            Sponsor: AgStar

                           12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                                                             L100 F & G

                            PEDV, PRRS and Influenza: Understanding the Current State, Future Impact

                            and What Producers Can Do To Reduce Their Risk

                            Speakers: Dr Lisa Becton, Dr. Montserrat Torremorell and Dr. David Wright

                           12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.                                                        M100 D, E, F & G

                            Manure Applicator Workshop

                            Speaker: Multiple

                            2 p.m. - 3 p.m.                                                                          L100 H

                            NPPC Strategic Update and Listening Session - SIP/MPPA Partners ONLY!

                           Speaker: Neil Dierks

                           4 p.m. - 5 p.m.                                                                    L100 F & G

                           Antibiotics and Food Safety: Perceptions vs. Reality

                           Speaker: Dr. Richard Raymond

                           Sponsor: John Morrell


Tuesday Evening Social Hour

            5:15 p.m.   Hilton Salons D-G
            Sponsor:  Zoetis and Hormel


Wednesday, January 15

Pork Congress Registration

             9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

             Minneapolis Conventino Center Mezzanine Level


             9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

             Minneapolis Convention Center Exhibit Hall A

Seminar:          9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.                                                   L100 F & G

                           Benchmark Analysis of Production and Financial Measures Across Nursery,

                           Finishing and Wean-to-Finish Closeouts in North America

                           Speaker: Dr. Tom Stein

                           11 a.m. - 12 p.m.                                                            L100 F & G

                           Global Markets: How Would Grain Dynamics and Pork Economics Impact

                           Your Operation

                           Speaker: Joe Kerns

                           12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                                                        L100 H

                            Legislative Update

                            Speakers: Representative Tim Faust, Representative David FitzSimmons & Senator David Hann

                            Sponsor: Farm Bureau

Minnesota Pork Congress Closes at 1:30 p.m.



Seminar Descriptions

Antibiotic Residues: Methodology, Withdrawal Times and Incidences

Dr. Larsen will provide an overview of the changes in antibiotic testing for the Food Safety Inspection Service, how the changes impact penicillin residues in cull sows and an update on the incidences of residues.

The Trust Edge: What Top Leaders have and 8 Pillars to Build it Yourself

Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, salespeople lose sales, and organizations lose reputation, retention of good people, relationships and revenue. But with trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom, and results.

Through academic research and firsthand experience, David Horsager has learned what it takes to gain – and keep – The Trust Edge. Through a captivating presentation, Dave combines humor and illustrations with business insight and analysis. He will show you how the little things, done consistently, add up to huge results. Attendees will walk away with concrete steps they can immediately use to improve their lives and careers.

PEDV, PRRS and Influenza: Understanding the current state, future impact and what producers can do to reduce their risk

Animal health issues are one of the greatest challenges impacting the pork industry today. This panel, made up of leading animal health professionals, will provide updates on the current status and control efforts for PRRS, PEDV and Influenza. Panel members will also provide recommendations on biosecurity and other efforts to reduce farm level risk.        

Manure Applicator Workshop Topics

  • Minnesota Certified Animal Waste Technician Licensing Changes
  • Minnesota Polution Control Agency Nitrogen Study Findings and Certified Animal Waste Technician's Role in Managing Nitrogen
  • Regulatory Update: Setbacks and Manure Planning
  • Biosecurity: PRRS and PED Virus Prevention
  • Highway Safety. Highway Law.

NPPC Strategic Update and Listening Session

This is an opportunity for Minnesota Pork Producer Association members to gain perspective on the strategies NPPC is utilizing to uphold pork producers freedom to operate from NPPC CEO, Neil Dierks.

Members will have the opportunity to have a candid dialogue and provide input on current and future strategies.

Antibiotics and Food Safety: Perceptions vs. Reality

Dr. Raymond will discuss the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food and what, if any, impact that use may have on human health and antibiotic resistance.  

Benchmark Analysis of Production and Financial Measures Across Nursery, Finishing and Wean-to-Finish Closeouts in North America

Dr. Stein will discuss the overall comparison of financial and production measures for over 12,000,000 pigs and 10,000 closeouts for nursery performance, finishing performance and wean-to-finish performance. His analysis will slice-and-dice data by start weight, days-on-feed, number of sources, fill times, number of fills, feed cost/lb. of gain, feed cost/ton and diet type. Dr. Stein will boil down the data determining key factors that producers can control to improve biological and financial performance in their systems. 

Global Markets: How world grain dynamics and pork economics impact your operation

Kerns will discuss both US and international yield prospects and trends to be considered in the future. He will also provide guidance on specific behaviors that may benefit the producer, both on the revenue and input side of the business.  This seminar will be an interactive discussion of what the best and brightest have done in the past and what those that will profit in the future may wish to employ.

Legislative Update

The 2014 Legislative Session has been labeled the ‘un-session’ by Governor Dayton.  What does an ‘un-session’ mean for agriculture and will any reform even happen?

The legislators on the 2014 legislative panel represent primarily non-agriculture constituents. Hear how these legislators and their constituents view agriculture issues and gain their perspective on how these issues will play out at the capital. The panel will also discuss tax policy and a bonding bill which will be acted on when the legislature returns to St. Paul in February.




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