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Preston pork producer provides input on Checkoff programs


Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Craig Mensink, a pork producer from Preston, MN served as a delegate at the Pork Act Delegate assembly March 1-3 in Denver, Colo. Mensink was named a delegate by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Mensink was one of the delegates who represented producers from across the country and importers who sell pork products in the United States. The delegates are charged with helping to provide direction to the pork promotion, research and consumer information programs that are funded by the Pork Checkoff through the National Pork Board. Producers contribute 40 cents of every $100 of sales to the Checkoff, and importers use a sales formula to contribute a similar amount. That money helps producers support the We Care initiative, promoting pork to consumers and research into animal welfare, food safety, swine health, environment and other topics.

“From managing issues to promoting our product at home and internationally, Pork Checkoff programs are continually working toward the end results of yielding positive results for pork producers,” said Mensink.

The National Pork Board approved a 2012 budget for national spending of $69.3 million for programs of promotion, research and education to protect the ability of farmers to produce pork, to reposition pork’s image and to enable producers to remain highly competitive on a global basis.

Included in that amount was about $37.7 million focused on increasing domestic consumer pork expenditures.

“The Pork Be Inspired brand campaign is showing many signs of early success,” said Mensink. “Despite record retail prices, consumers are buying more pork.”

The Checkoff also is at work in ongoing programs that include efforts to provide science-based answers and educational opportunities including:

We Care, a responsible pork initiative, which is a coordinated effort of the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council to earn the trust of the pork industry’s customers and consumers.

Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®), which is a three-part process that includes attending an educational and training session and then having an on-farm site evaluation to achieve PQA Plus site status. The program also includes a third component of random, statistically valid, third-party evaluation of program implementation. Results of those evaluations will show if the industry is improving its overall a .....
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Jay Allen Quandahl

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Jay Allen Quandahl, 45, of Preston, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at his home in Preston. Jay was born on April 12, 1966, in Spring Grove, Minnesota, the son of Robert and Verna (Hareldson) Quandahl. He graduated from Mabel- Canton High Sc ..... 
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Preston considers workplace policy

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered a draft of a respectful workplace policy to the city council at their March 5 meeting for their consideration. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Hoffman noted the city currently has some policies in place includi ..... 
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Hoffmann Stables in Preston is all about horses

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Most people have seen Hoffmann Stables as they drive north of Preston, and many people have seen the horses in the arena, but not everyone knows just how much the place has to offer, even though it has been there for 25 years. Deb Thompson loves ..... 
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Eli J. Burkholder

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Eli J. Burkholder, age 26, of rural Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester after a logging accident. Eli was born August 17, 1985, in Bowling Green, Missouri, the son of John and Verna ( ..... 
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Minnesota State University Moorhead concert choir to perform in Preston

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Concert Choir, the university’s premier choral ensemble, will provide an evening of choral music at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in the sanctuary of Christ Lutheran Church, 509 Kansas Street NW in Presto ..... 
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Leslie N. Hellickson

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Leslie N. Hellickson, 74, of Preston died February 26, 2012, at St. Mary’s hospital in Rochester. Leslie was born on August 9, 1937, in Ostrander, Minn. the son of Arnold and Hulda (Kohn) Hellickson. He attended school in Preston. He wor ..... 
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Coach Kill speaks to PACF crowd

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

It was a packed house at The Branding Iron in Preston, Minn., on Monday, February 27. The annual Preston Area Community Foundation dinner provided an opportunity to recognize all the great things that the foundation does for the greater Preston ar ..... 
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Gifted Summer Program scholarships available for Preston area students

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) is pleased to offer $10,000 in scholarships for Preston area students to apply towards selected summer programs. Ten scholarships are being offered by the NSGT Board of Trustees - six at $1,0 ..... 
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