MPPA Hosts Representative Tom Emmer

The Minnesota Pork Producers Association hosted newly-elected Representative Tom Emmer and his Chief of Staff, David FitzSimmons, for a morning of conversation on current national and international policy issues affecting pig farmers. 

Representative Emmer meeting with MN pig farmers


Emmer was recently appointed to the House Agriculture and Foreign Affairs Committees and will also be on sub-committees dealing with futures trading, livestock and energy. 

Topics covered in the meeting included Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling resolution, support for granting Trade Promotion Authority, the west coast shipping slowdown and oversight that will be needed on the new USDA dietary guidelines. 

Fourteen pig farmers along with MPPA staff were in attendance and enjoyed meeting with Rep. Emmer. If would like more information on what was discussed email David Preisler at 


Pork Congress 2015

The Minnesota Pork Congress was held on January 21-22nd at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This year we had 262 booths with over 160 different companies exhibiting. Attendance numbers are not in yet but attendance was up from 2014. Thank you to everyone who sponsored and exhibited at the 2015 MN Pork Congress. 


MN Pork Congress 2016 is scheduled forJanuary 19-20, 2016 

SECD Test Reimbursement: PIN requirement

Beginning December 15, 2014, USDA will no longer pay for swine enteric coronavirus disease (SECD) submissions that do not include a valid premises identification number (PIN.) If no PIN is included, diagnostic laboratories will charge the submitter for the test.

USDA will pay for testing regardless of test result. Approved sample types for reimbursement are intestines, feces or fecal swabs, oral fluids and environmental samples, specifically associated with a site with live pigs.

Swine producers and veterinarians now identify over 75% of the samples being currently submitted with a PIN. Please contact the Minnesota Board of Animal Health if you need a PIN, or have questions.

A Greater Minnesota (AGM)

AGM LogoThe Minnesota Pork Producers Association participated in a coalition of other state agricultural groups to form “A Greater Minnesota (AGM)”. The purpose of this group was to provide more information for voters and to gain commitments from candidates on agricultural issues.

The efforts of AGM resulted in over 90 state house candidates signing a five point pledge with 62 of them supporting all five points. Thirty-five of the house candidates who supported five pints were elected on Nov 4. Read more

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Data from Pork Checkoff Marketline November 6, 2014 Thursday

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