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Pork producers gain a voice in D.C.

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Chelsie Redalen (center), standing beside her proud parents, Jeff and Michelle Redalen, was recently promoted to director of government relations for the National Pork Producers Council in Washington, D.C.. Photo by Jason Sethre

Growing up on a beef farm in rural Fountain, Chelsie Redalen has some exciting news relevant to Fillmore County, Minnesota, and our nation.

The National Pork Producers Council recently promoted Chelsie to director of government relations in its Washington, D.C., public-policy office.

Following her graduation from Lanesboro High School, Chelsie earned a bachelor's degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Since graduation, she has been pursuing career growth opportunities focused on agriculture and rural America.

"Chelsie has been a tremendous asset to our policy team and to America's pork producers," said Audrey Adamson, NPPC vice president of domestic policy issues and head of the D.C. office. "She has been a tireless advocate on Capitol Hill for the U.S. pork industry, and this promotion is well-deserved."

According to a press release provided by the NPPC, "Redalen will continue to work with Chris Wall, NPPC assistant vice president of government relations, as the organization's top lobbyist. She will focus on competitive market and science and technology issues, including food safety, antibiotics and animal health matters."

Prior to joining NPPC as government relations associate in 2006, Redalen was a consultant for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and worked on the staff of House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

During her nearly four years with the organization, Redalen has helped build NPPC's grassroots programs and grow its political action committee - PorkPAC - overseeing almost a doubling in contributions.

At the age of 26, Chelsie has been charged with the task of representing a national industry that plays a significant role in the economic impact of Fillmore County and the state of Minnesota.

With so many pork producers in Fillmore County, the area is represented quite well at a county, state and national level.

In addition to Chelsie's recent appointment, Craig Mensink, a rural Preston pork producer, serves on the National Pork Board. According to Craig Mensink, Minnesota represents 14-percent of the total revenue for the national pork industry, with a total national impact of over $55 billion dollars per year.

Morgan Mensink, of rural Preston, has also been an active Fillmore County Pork Ambassador, attending a wide variety of conferences and events to help generate awareness for the industry.

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