Minnesota Pork Producers Association Annual Meeting
January 15, 2018
1:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Hilton- Symphony III
1001 S. Marquette Ave,
I. Call to Order – Jay Moore -MPPA president
II. Introductions- MPPA Executive Board, National Pork Producers Council Board Members, MPPA Staff
III. Review of Annual Meeting Procedures, Rules of Debate- Bruce Kleven- MPPA Annual Meeting Counsel
IV. Approval of 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes – Lori Stevermer MPPA secretary
V. Election of 2018 MPPA Executive Board
VI. MPPA Financial Report and Program Review – David Preisler- MPPA chief executive officer
VII. Guest Speaker: Ken Maschhoff, National Pork Producers Council, President
VIII. 2018 MPPA State Legislative Goals and Outlook –MPPA By-Law Amendment
IX. 2018 Resolutions, Discussion and Action- Greg Boerboom- chair of the Public Affairs committee
X. Election Results for 2018 MPPA Executive Board
Guest Speaker: Ken Maschhoff, is chairman of Maschhoff Family Foods, which owns The Maschhoffs LLC, one of the largest pork production companies in the world. A fifth-generation farmer, Maschhoff currently serves as president for the National Pork Producers Council. Ken and his wife Julie have four children, and they reside on the family farm in Southern Illinois.
MPB Annual Meeting 10:30: – 1:00 p.m – MPPA members are encouraged to attend the Minnesota Pork Board (Pork Checkoff) annual meeting prior the MPPA Meeting.
Daryl Timmerman of Mankato was elected to the Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) during their Annual Meeting held on Monday, January 16 at the Minneapolis Hilton in conjunction with the 50th Minnesota Pork Congress.
Adam Barka of Sleepy Eye and David Mensink from Preston were re-elected to the MPPA board for another term. Timmerman will fill the seat left open by Nate Brown of Ceylon, who retired after six years of service.
“I grew up on a pig farm and I know how rewarding it is to raise healthy animals that provide wholesome, safe food for families across the country,” Timmerman says. “For the past 10 years, I have had the privilege to work as a lender with families, just like my own. It was my deep roots in the swine industry and the needs I see as a lender that motivated me to pursue a seat on the MPPA Board. ”
MPPA Board members are elected to three-year terms and work on behalf of Minnesota’s farmers to bring visionary leadership for its members by influencing public policy on a local, state and national level.
“I look forward to using my direct connection with pig farmers, to best inform policy makers about the noble work pig farmers do,” Timmerman says. “Pig farmers are incredible stewards of their resources and we all benefit from how our local economies are stimulated while they feed the world. It’s an honor to be elected and I’m excited to serve Minnesota’s pig farmers in a new way.”
Jay Moore of Jackson will serve MPPA as president for a second year. Greg Boerboom of Marshall will continue serving as vice president and Lori Stevermer of Easton, was elected as secretary.
Other board members include Adam Barka, Sleepy Eye; Paul FitzSimmons, Mapleton; Kevin Hugoson, Granada; David Mensink, Preston, and Pat Thome, Adams. In addition, Minnesota representatives serving on the National Pork Producers Council board include James Compart of Nicollet and Terry Wolters from Pipestone.
Perhaps driven by headlines about nitrates in groundwater, the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit and lower crop prices, crowds totaling nearly 500 attended a pair of nutrient management conferences hosted by the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center in February. Researchers and industry experts from across the Midwest provided updates on the very latest news in soil fertility, crop production and water quality concerns. These conferences provide an opportunity to hear a broad range of presentations in a forum that attracts farmers, agronomy professionals and regulatory agency staff all in one place.
The eight annual Nutrient Management Conference was held February 9 in Morton, featuring information on in-season nitrogen applications, crop nutrient uptake and phosphorus basics. Much of the information is related to research projects funded by farmers through various check-off programs, including AFREC, the Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council. More information on AFREC-funded projects can be found at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/chemicals/fertilizers/afrec.aspx.
Dr. Fabian Fernandez, University of Minnesota Nutrient Management Specialist, served as lead organizer for the second annual Nitrogen: Minnesota’s Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity Conference, held February 23 in Rochester. Presentations included weather trends and their implications for nitrogen management, cover crops, nitrogen sources and additives, nitrogen losses in manured fields, and a summary of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s private drinking water well nitrate monitoring program.
PowerPoint presentations from the conferences can be found on the “Events” page at www.mawrc.org.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is the primary sponsor and our partner in organizing these events. Planning assistance is also provided by U of M Extension and MN NRCS. Additional funding is provided by numerous sponsors.
New Fact Sheet – Water Appropriations Permits for Livestock Producers
In response to frequent inquiries from livestock producers about Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) water appropriations permit rules and guidelines, the MAWRC has developed a simple fact sheet to help answer many of the most common questions, and point farmers toward additional agency resources.
Minnesota statutes require all water users withdrawing more than 10,000 gallons per day or more than one million gallons per year to obtain a water appropriation permit from the DNR. While this permit requirement has been in place for more than a decade, the DNR had done little to publicize the requirement. In recent months, livestock producers have begun receiving letters from the DNR notifying them of the requirement.
One of the first questions for many livestock farmers – how many animals does it take to consume one million gallons of water per year? Estimating water use can be very difficult, so our fact sheet incorporates information from the University of Minnesota which has previously been used by the DNR to determine permit thresholds. The MAWRC’s fact sheet can be found at http://mawrc.org/assets/livestock-water-use-permit.pdf.
Livestock farms using more than one million but less than five million gallons of water annually can apply for a simplified general permit for a one-time fee of $100. Those using more than five million but less than fifty million gallons must obtain an individual permit, which costs $150, and pay an annual water use fee of $140. All water permit holders are required to report water use annually to the DNR. For more information, go to http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/appropriations/permits.html.
Curious about tile nitrate levels?
Headlines ranging from Des Moines drinking water to Gulf of Mexico hypoxia are heightening interest in nitrate levels in tile drainage. It is more important than ever to know the nitrate levels in the tile draining your fields. To help better understand nitrate levels in tile drainage, the MAWRC is offering free, confidential nitrate screening.
When tiles are flowing, collect samples of 2 to 4 ounces of water in clean plastic bags or bottles. Multiple samples are preferred to assess nitrate levels throughout the year. Discovery Farms Minnesota monitoring indicates that greater than 90% of annual tile flow occurs from March through July. In fact, tiles may not be running in August, so we recommend collecting samples starting right now, and repeating every week or two as long as tiles flow. It is important to label each sample with the date and source of the water. If not immediately analyzed, the samples should be frozen until the day of analysis.
Samples can be brought to the MAWRC booth at Farmfest, which will be in Morton on August 2-4, 2016. Samples will be analyzed immediately at the booth and results will be ready in about 20 minutes. Well water samples can also be screened.
There are no water quality standards for tile water, but some regulatory agencies and activist organizations are pushing for significant reductions. This screening program will help farmers better understand relative nitrate nitrogen levels on their own fields.
Pressures on Minnesota Farmland Continue
Increased urban development coupled with accelerated land acquisition by state and federal agencies continues to reduce the area of land in farms in Minnesota. According to the USDA census of agriculture, land in farms declined by 5.5% between 1997 and 2012, from 27.56 million acres to 26.04 million acres.
The MAWRC is a non-profit research and education corporation comprised of 24 agricultural organizations working together to address water issues. For more information, go to www.mawrc.org .
This will be one of the shortest sessions on record. The following is the time line that has been adopted:
Convene March 8th
Three committee deadlines for the 2016 session have been established:
April 1, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin;
April 8, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other house; and
April 21, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.
Easter break will run Friday March 25th to Tuesday March 29
Passover break will be Friday April22 to Monday April 25
This shortened time table will mean many policy committees may only meet four or five times. Much is being driven by Capitol remodeling. The big decisions for Taxes and Transportation are unlikely to retrace committee action but are more likely to start in conference committees where they left off last year. Likely there will be one major supplemental budget bill.
2016 Session Dynamics
Capitol remodeling will affect legislative flow in two areas by reducing availability of public contact and reduce time available to legislators
Election year atmosphere- All House and Senate members are up for election
National Presidential politics may translate to throw incumbents out. This is probably part of the decisions by many to jump ship and could be a factor in decision making decisions
Budget Surplus will provide opportunities for controversy but the number is lower than we thought it would be
Governor Dayton has announced he is not running. May make more stalwart positions
Senate DFL majority caucus faces some internal leadership challenges by the left
Election year priorities include Transportation and Tax reform, but very different positions exist between opposing caucuses
2016 Minnesota Pork Producers Association Priorities
Farm tax relief, middle income tax relief and business tax relief
Few policy bills
Ag Nuisance lawsuit
In the next week we will be sharing the MPPA Legislative Priorities in detail. The Board will be finalizing those within the week.
Press release provided by the National Pork Producers Council
Relative Risk Of Meat Causing Cancer ‘Low,’ According To U.N. Agency On Cancer Research
For the first time, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) included in a report on agents causing cancer the relative risk of getting the disease, a significant development, according to numerous observers at a recent meeting of the group.
The World Health Organization agency at an Oct. 6-13 meeting in Lyon, France, concluded that the relative risk of contracting cancer from consuming red or processed meat is low. It did classify processed meat as a cause of colorectal cancer and a possible cause of gastric cancer and red meat as a probable cause of colorectal cancer and a possible cause of pancreatic and prostate cancer. IARC previously has classified as carcinogens such things as sunlight, alcoholic beverages and being a barber.
“You know, my mother used to say, ‘Everything in moderation,’” said National Pork Producers Council President Dr. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C. “She was a very smart woman, and the smart people out there know you don’t eat a pound of anything every day. So take this IARC report with a grain of salt, but not too much salt because that would be bad for you.”
The IARC classifications on meat, said NPPC, were reached after including studies that did not have statistically significant results, meaning the conclusions are questionable. In fact, IARC’s conclusions were based on “relatively weak statistical associations from epidemiological studies that were not designed to show cause and effect.” In many of the studies, cancer risks were only associated with high levels of consumption.
In a May 2015 review of epidemiological studies on cancer and meat, David Klurfeld, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, found: “Most observational studies report small, increased relative risks [of cancer]. However, there are many limitations of such studies, including inability to accurately estimate intake, lack of pre-specified hypotheses, multiple comparisons, and confounding from many factors – including body weight, fruit/vegetable intake, physical activity, smoking, and alcohol – that correlate significantly either positively or negatively with meat intake and limit the reliability of conclusions from these studies.”
IARC did note that most colorectal cancers are caused by more than one agent and that cancer trends are related to the amount of an agent or agents consumed. A monograph on the agency’s conclusions is expected to be published next summer or fall.
NPPC, which had a representative at the IARC meeting, said many studies show that eating lean, protein-packed and nutrient-dense processed meats such as ham can help fight obesity, which is universally accepted as one of the leading causes of cancer.
According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers, including colon cancer. The institute has noted that a 2002 “major” review of observational trials showed that physical activity reduced colon cancer risk by 50 percent: www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/obesity-fact-sheet.
Recently Chipotle announced that they were going to source their pork from the United Kingdom and loosened their antibiotic standards to do so. Lori Stevermer, President of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, had this to say to Chipotle:
Dear Chipotle, I read your recent announcement on your new supplier of pork for your carnitas and I couldn’t help but ask myself what you have against U.S. pig farmers. Your article discusses how your new pork supplier, Karro, a company from the United Kingdom, follows European standards that allow for antibiotics to be administered when necessary to keep an animal healthy. Karro does not give pigs non-therapeutic doses of antibiotics for growth promotion. Your comments go on to state that as a result, some of the pork Chipotle purchases from the UK comes from animals that were treated with antibiotics under veterinary supervision.
That same practice is followed here in the United States by America’s pig farmers. In fact new rules are going into effect that will make it illegal to use antibiotics for growth promotion that are considered medically important. These antibiotics will need to have a veterinary prescription before they can be purchased.
I found the next statement on your website interesting. “But this does not mean that antibiotics are present in the meat. All animals treated with antibiotics (both in Europe and the U.S.) must undergo a withdrawal period before they are slaughtered, which means that meat from a pig treated with antibiotics will not contain antibiotic residue, just like meat from an animal that was never given antibiotics.” All these years you’ve been saying that your pork is better because it comes from farms that never fed antibiotics, but now that you have a supplier that can use antibiotics, you’re admitting there will be no residue and it’s the same as pork from animals never fed antibiotics. It would appear that you have changed your message to fit your situation.
I was also concerned when I read through the chart comparing “conventionally raised” pork to Chipotle U.S and Chipotle U.K. On the topic of using antibiotics used to treat illness it was listed as an industry standard for conventional pork, but it’s prohibited by Chipotle U.S and used only when necessary by Chipotle U.K. Please tell me what I’m supposed to do when my pig gets sick. Not give it medicine to make it better? Let it get sick and die? All your earlier discussion of humane treatment seems to be a bit hypocritical if I can’t treat a sick animal with medicine.
At the top of your website is the phrase “Food with Integrity”. Given the examples I listed above, it makes me wonder how Chipotle defines integrity. It makes me question who Chipotle uses as a source of industry information. I know many farmers who treat animals humanely and give them antibiotics only when they are sick and keep their pigs in the barns to protect them from freezing temperatures and scorching heat. Those farmers live right here in the U.S. Chipotle, have you taken the time to talk to them?
Integrity means your actions match your words and I’m sorry Chipotle, but that’s just not the case with you anymore. Your actions seems to change depending on the situation and then the story changes to match the situation. You say there’s not enough pork raised in the U.S. to meet your standards for “Responsibly Raised” meats. If you want your animals raised a particular way, that’s your decision to help differentiate your company. However, don’t insinuate that the farmers who use a different production practice aren’t treating their animals humanely. If you want to buy pork from another country that’s your choice. However, as a consumer I prefer to support restaurants and eating establishments that support and promote U.S. agriculture.
You see Chipotle, I like Food with Integrity too and you just don’t have it.