MPPA Virtual Annual Meeting Set for February 4

The Minnesota Pork Producers Association will be hosting its 2021 Annual Meeting virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2021.  The annual business meeting of the association will include a review of the financials and upcoming political sessions that the state and federal levels. In addition, 4 members will be elected to the executive board.


All Strategic Investment Program investors and MPPA Partner members are eligible to register and participate in the business of the annual meeting and have voting rights. Partner members must have a current membership in good standing prior to the annual meeting. You can register online at: or call the Minnesota Pork Office at 507-345-8814.

Schmidt joins NPPC and MPPA in Producer Services

Bradley Schmidt the National Pork Producers Council earlier in Spring 2020 and will take the role of Director of Producer Service. He’ll work closely with the Minnesota Pork Producers Association with members and Strategic Investment Program investors.  Brad can be reached at


Brad Schmidt Introduction:

Brad SchmidtHello, my name is Brad Schmidt. I am the new Director of Producer Services for the state of Minnesota, through the National Pork Producers Council. In this role, I will work directly with members and producers throughout the state of Minnesota. I grew up on a farm in Southern Minnesota, raising corn, soybeans, and hogs. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa where I majored in technology management with a minor in marketing.  After college, I started working for ZieglerCAT at their Minneapolis headquarters in various roles in both the Ag and construction divisions.  I live in Bloomington, Minnesota with my wife and I am excited to continue to be back working in the swine industry. 

MPPA Statement on Implementation of Defense Production Act

Mankato, Minn. – President Trump signed an executive order yesterday, April 29 that invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) to send much-needed federal support to the U.S. pork supply chain. The President’s action will allow the federal government to prioritize the continuity of pork processing plant operation, an issue for Minnesota farmers who have seen three of the five primary packing plants where they market animals shut down in recent weeks. The following statement is from David Mensink, a pig farmer from Preston, Minnesota, and president of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association:

“We are grateful for the support from the local, state, and federal government. We need clear, consistent guidelines and all available resources to address the difficult situation. We thank President Trump for taking the next step to help keep packing plants open and re-open those that have shut down.

“Farmers are experiencing an unparalleled drop in the value of their animals and are facing serious financial challenges. Without immediate relief, including expanded financial aid without payment limitations, multi-generational family farms will struggle to survive.

“While getting packing plants back online is critical, the heartbreaking reality is millions of pigs will not be able to enter the food supply. As farmers, that goes against everything we do to care for our animals and provide food for people. We need a strong, coordinated effort between industry and government authorities to depopulate pigs in a safe and ethical way.”


The Minnesota Pork Producers Association is recognized as highly committed to continued development of a strong industry image that protects the best interests of members and impacts public policy while producing both state and national industry leaders.

MPPA Hosts USDA Round Table

On Saturday, March 7, Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach, and Minnesota Pork Producers Association CEO David Preisler hosted a round table discussion with farmers and producers at the Minnesota Pork office in Mankato.Usda Round Table


One of Rep. Hagedorn’s top agriculture priorities is to make sure federal agencies are equipped with the necessary tools to combat Foreign Ag Diseases (FAD), such as African Swine Fever (ASF), High Path Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Foot-Mouth Disease (FMD). This forum provided a great opportunity for members of southern Minnesota’s agriculture community to discuss the issues impacting their daily lives. The roundbtable also discussed trade policy, plant health issues, price reporting, FDA issues and a general update from Washington.


Prior to the roundtable, Rep. Hagedorn and Under Secretary Ibach the Compart Family hosted a tour of Compart’s Boar Store, their family farm near Nicollet, Minnesota.


KEYC Channel 12 in Mankato provides this report.

Barka, Mensink, Timmerman, and Mouw Elected to MPPA Board

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Front to Back, L to R: Shelly Schell, Gerg Boerboom, Dave Mensink, Daryl Timmerman, and Lori Stevermer. Back Dr. Gordon Spronk, Amon Baer, Mike Mouw, John Anderson, Adam Barka, Vince Baack, and Terry Wolters.

Adam Barka, Sleepy Eye; Dave Mensink, Preston; Daryl Timmerman, North Mankato; and Mike Mouw, Leota, were elected to the Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) during their Annual Meeting held on Monday, January 27, at the Hilton Minneapolis in conjunction with Minnesota Pork Congress.

“Minnesota’s pork industry consists of a broad range of farms in both size and style,” says president Mensink. “The Minnesota Pork Producers Association executive board represents that diversity. Each leader brings forth their knowledge and expertise for a well-rounded collective group. As a board, we are looking forward to working on behalf of our members and partners.”

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.

Dave Mensink of Preston was elected to serve as MPPA president. In addition, John Anderson of Belgrade was elected as vice-president and Adam Barka of Sleepy Eye was once again elected to serve as secretary.

Other board members include Vince Baack, North Mankato; Amon Baer, Lake Park; Greg Boerboom of Marshall; Shelly Schell, Altura. In addition, Minnesota representatives serving on the National Pork Producers Council board include Dr. Gordon Spronk of Pipestone, Lori Stevermer of Easton, and Terry Wolters of Pipestone.


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The Minnesota Pork Producers Association is recognized as highly committed to continued development of a strong industry image that protects the best interests of members and impacts public policy while producing both state and national industry leaders.