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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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Craig Laverne Asleson

Thu, Apr 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Craig Laverne Asleson, 56, of Faribault, Minn., died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the District One Hospital in Fairbult. Craig was born January 10, 1958 in Rochester, Minn. to Laverne and Arlis (Lietz) Asleson. He attended Dover-Eyota schools. Crai ..... 
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Gordon “Gordy” Kallis

Tue, Apr 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Gordon “Gordy” Kallis, age 55, of Mabel, Minn. died Thursday, April 10, 2014. Gordy was born November 3, 1958 in Caledonia, Minn. to Rodney and Beverly (Holland) Kallis. He graduated from the Mabel-Canton High School in 1977. On August 26, 198 ..... 
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Dresbach rest area, ramp closure to begin April 15

Tue, Apr 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists that the Dresbach Intestate 90 rest area and travel information center near La Crosse, Wis., will close for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 15. The closure of th ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria - an experience of Taste - to be held May 17 in Rushford

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — The 4th Annual ExpoCulinaria will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 5-9 p.m. Exciting improvements have been made to tantalize ExpoCulinaria guests’ taste buds. This year everyone will watch and sample as a professional culinary ..... 
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Commonweal continues Fillmore/Houston County Free Nights

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company announces performance dates for its 2014 Free County Night Program. Theatre lovers living and/or working in Fillmore or Houston Counties are invited to attend Ibsen’s epic drama Brand on Thursday, ..... 
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Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council receives statewide recognition for effective use of legacy funds

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

WILLMAR, Minn. – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts recognized the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council on Thursday at Arts Advocacy Day for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clea ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Longer Days Require Quick Cooking

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

The days are growing longer, and I am having no trouble at all filling up those extra daylight hours. Yard work, spring cleaning, part time jobs, taking walks, meetings, appointments, clubs and more! Gone are the endless and empty days of winter, and ..... 
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