Monday, January 27

Time Event
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Minnesota Pork Board Annual Meeting

Hilton Minneapolis, Orchestra

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch

Orchestra

1 p.m.  – 4 p.m. Minnesota Pork Producers Association Annual Meeting

Hilton Minneapolis, Orchestra

5  – 6:30 p.m. Awards Reception

(Invitation Only)

Hilton Minneapolis, Marquette II

6:30 – 9 p.m. Taste of Elegance

(Invitation Only)

Hilton Minneapolis, Ballrooms

Tuesday, January 28

Time Event
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pork Congress Registration

Minneapolis Convention Center, Mezzanine Level

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pork Congress Trade Show

Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall A

9 – 10 a.m. Seminar: We Care – Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going – Dr. Bretty Kaysen, National Pork Board

Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F&G

The We Care program has a rich history but sticking with the status quo isn’t who we are as pig farmers. At our core of who we are is continuous improvement – being better today than we were yesterday. This seminar will focus on our rich history and how the We Care program is working every day to continuously improve and to meet customer needs while being producer-led and focused.

10:30 – 12 p.m. Seminar: Becoming an Employer of Choice: This Isn’t Your Father’s Oldsmobile –

Dr. Lawrence Firkins, DVM, MS, MBA – Associate Dean, Public Engagement – Professor, Pathobiology – University of Illinois

Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F&G

Oldsmobile, like Borders, Kodak, Encyclopedia Britannica and Sony, did not adequately respond as the rules of the game were changing.  These companies all failed to maintain relevance in the eyes of customers and employees.   The 2020 definition of mentoring is not what it was for the generation of Oldsmobile drivers.   We will explore the reasons new employees stay and why they leave. The role onboarding plays in capitalizing on those reasons they stay and minimizing the reasons they leave as well as the impact you have on both.  Effectively sending the message that: you are part of this group; our group is special with high standards; we believe you can reach those standards; we will help you reach those standards; but we will not lower those standards.

11:30 am – 2:30 p.m. Seminar: CAWT Workshop

Minneapolis Convention Center, M100 D&E

1 – 2 p.m. Seminar: Stop, Move, Depop and Disposal – What Happens in the Event of a Foreign Animal Disease?

Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F&G

PRESENTERS:

Dr. Beth Thompson, State Veterinarian, Minnesota Board of Animal Health

Dr. Marie Culhane, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota / EDMC for Swine in MN Coordinator

David Preisler, CEO, Minnesota Pork Producers Association

In 2019 Minnesota pork and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture supported the establishment of an Emergency Management Disease Committee for swine in Minnesota. The EDMC is made up of diverse industry perspectives with the goal of moving forward Minnesota’s FAD preparedness efforts. Dr. Thompson, Dr. Culhane, and David Preisler will discuss ongoing preparedness efforts and field your questions about what will occur if a Foreign Animal Disease comes to the United States.

3 – 4 p.m. Seminar: The State of the State of Agriculture in Minnesota – Thom Petersen,  Minnesota Commissioner of Agricutlure

Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F&G

Join Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Thom Peterson, for an update on the state of Minnesota agriculture followed by a time for questions and answers with the Commissioner.

4:30 – 6:30 pm Minnesota Pork Congress Social Hour

Minneapolis Convention Center, Trade Show Floor

5 p.m. Trade Show Closes

Wednesday, January 29

Time Event
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pork Congress Registration

Minneapolis Convention Center, Mezzanine Level

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pork Congress Trade Show

Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall A

10 – 11 a.m. Seminar: From Plant-Based to Portable and From Clean to Convenient – Does the Conversation Reflect the Cart? –

Leah McGrath, RD

Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F&G

From TV to social media, it is difficult to not see numerous headlines about the latest fads in consumer food preferences. Hear from registered dietician, Leah McGrath , on whether or not all the chatter reflects consumer’s purchasing decisions.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Seminar: Pork Export Outlook – Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University

Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 F&G

Exports are critical to the long-term success of the United States pork industry; yet, in today’s current political climate export dynamics may be best described by one word – volatile. Dr. Dermot Hayes will provide insight into what the future holds for pork exports and how the opportunities and adversity will impact the U.S. pork industry.

1:30 p.m. Trade Show Closes