Pork Day at the Capitol

Last week pig farmers from across the state met at the capitol to discuss issues impacting the pork industry. Agriculture research was a main topic of conversation. Bill HF 779 would invest $37.5 million in various research programs with the primary goal of building staff capacity. Other topics of discussion included the vet diagnostic lab and the new isolation unit near the diagnostic lab at the University of Minnesota, along with the truck washes and a nuisance bill protecting farms from public and private claims if the farm meets all standards in law. Click Here to Review the Legislative Agenda 

 “I believe having a few minutes with our Representatives and Senators where we have their undivided attention to express our commitment to the issues we are asking them to support is important,” said Larry Liepold a pig farmer from Okabena. 

“It is an additional reminder as to what the pork industry adds to the economy in the form of jobs both on and off the farm, adding value to grains and oil seed, and contributing revenue through the marketing of our product.” 










You’re Invited to 2015 Pork Day at the Capitol


Please join us in representing Minnesota Pork at the Capitol. Meet with your representatives and senators to discuss issues impacting the pork industry. Issue briefings will be given by MPPA Lobbyist , Jerry Schoenfeld,and MPPA Executive Director, David Preisler. The briefings will be followed by visits to your lawmakers. MPPA can schedule your visits and find others to go with you if you are new to the process. 


Feb. 26 2015
10 a.m. 
Lunch will be provided


Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge (Kelly Inn) 
161 St. Anthony Ave 
St. Paul, MN 
Meet in the Ramsey Room 
Car Pooling Available 


Contact Colleen Carey at 507-345-8814 or by email at colleen@mnpork.com 







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 david@mnpork.com 


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.