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Pork checkoff leaders finding new opportunities in South America - Board members meet with farmers and trade leaders to address global challenges and expand markets for U.S. pork


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. – Examining emerging market opportunities and creating new partnerships to tackle global challenges was the focus of a recent study mission conducted by the 15 farmer-directors of the National Pork Board during a week-long tour of Brazil and Colombia. The board members visited the two countries March 22 through 29.

“Raising U.S. pork requires a global perspective and outlook. We learned so much from seeing firsthand how pork is produced in South America and now better understand the challenging logistics involved in raising, processing and marketing pork in Brazil and Colombia,” said Craig Mensink of Preston. “We all face different challenges, like creating consumer demand for our product and fighting disease in our herds. But in the end, our operations are similar and, despite living in a global marketplace, we can learn so much from each other.”

While in Brazil, the board members met with leaders of the swine cooperative SUINCO, the Brazilian Association of Swine Breeders, and met with the leadership of Agroceres PIC, a global pork production company. Before leaving Brazil, the tour group stopped at Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture. Joao Donisete, the general manager of Agroceres PIC in Brazil, agreed that there are many similarities between Brazil and the U.S. in terms of food production. Those similarities include how best to improve meat quality while keeping a continued focus on animal welfare, protecting the environment, and hiring and training workers.

Mid-week, Pork Checkoff leaders flew to Bogota to meet with representatives of Colombia’s association of pork producers and then toured a processing plant that uses U.S. pork as raw material. The board also looked at the marketing and retail distribution side of pork production through meetings with importers, and retail leaders.

During a meeting with Colombian pork industry leaders, the Board learned how the Colombian pork industry is struggling to increase consumer pork demand at a time when local producers are challenged with growing pork imports. As a result of a 2012 free trade agreement, Colombia was the Central/South America region’s largest market for U.S. pork in both volume (34,099 metric tons, up 73 percent from 2012) and value ($88.1 million, up 63 percent). The pork industry leaders agreed that an opportunity exists to benefit both U.S. and Colombian pork producers through mutual efforts to increase Colomb .....
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Fillmore County Dairy Princess crowned

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County American Dairy Association held a Dairy Princess and Ambassador Recognition on March 30 in the afternoon at the Fillmore County Extension Office in Preston. During the recognition Melinda Woods was crowned the 2014 Fillmore Count ..... 
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Spring Cover Crop Field Day April 17 near Preston

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The benefits of cover crops are becoming more apparent as more farmers use them. A field day will be held Thursday, April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Josh Simon farm south of Preston to discuss these many benefits. The cover crop field day is located 8 mi ..... 
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In partnership with farmers, Extension helps shape our nation

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Bev Durgan, University of MN Extension The theme of this year’s National Agriculture Day – “365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed” – carries a significant message. We all need farmers for our survival. Today, each U.S. farmer fe ..... 
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Farmers and ranchers will celebrate National Ag Day on March 25

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Debra Crusoe encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers and ranchers in Minnesota on March 25, National Ag Day. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 ..... 
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Research grants available to help boost Minnesota ag products

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking applicants for $1.3 million in competitive grants for applied crop research. The research needs to focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity and va ..... 
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Governor Dayton proclaims March 23-29 as Minnesota Agriculture Week

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March 23-29, 2014, as Minnesota Agriculture Week. The designation is an effort to raise awareness of the significant contributions agriculture makes to the quality of life of all Minnesotans. ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Organic Crops Day to be held March 19

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The ninth annual Southern Minnesota Organic Crops Day will be held Wednesday, March 19, at the Steele County Community Center. This year’s program aims to provide current and future organic crop producers with additional tools and knowledge to hel ..... 
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Graziers: Register for planned grazing holistic management course

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

AMES, Iowa — Graziers young and old, new and experienced are invited to attend a course on Planned Grazing with Holistic Management, taking place March 21-22 at the Houston Community Center (109 W Maple St.), in Houston, Minn., located in the sout ..... 
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