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SD Pork Congress to be held in Jan.

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) announces their 45th Annual Pork Congress to be held at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel and Exhibit Hall on Jan. 8 and 9, 2014.

The two-day trade show schedule is as follows: Jan. 8: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Jan 9: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibitors will display the latest in technology, equipment, feeds, and vet supplies.

The 2014 Pork Congress kicks off Jan 8 at 8 a.m., with the SDPPC Checkoff meeting of the members in Amphitheatre I of the Ramkota Hotel. Along with discussion on council and industry topics, elections of the SDPPC Executive Board Members and the Pork Act Delegates for 2015 will be held. All South Dakota Pork Producers that paid the Checkoff assessment in 2013 are eligible to vote at this meeting.

At 11a.m. come join SDSU Extension Swine Specialist Ashley Gelderman and learn more about the Southeast SD PRRS ARC program and get a PEDV update.

Admission to the trade show is FREE and a pork burger buffet is available to all in attendance Wednesday beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Ramkota Exhibit Hall Annex.

At 1 p.m. in the Seminar Area Dr. Bob Thaler and Ashley Gelderman of SDSU will be offering you the chance to get PQA Plus certified or recertified.Youth PQA Plus is offered by Megan Nielson, SDSU Extension at the north end of the trade show floor. Also at 1 p.m., Kurtis Sweeter from John Morrell will go step by step through the TQA certification process that is not only beneficial to you, but your employer and the pork industry.

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Then we are offering a Panel Discussion with leaders of our industry. This Panel Discussion will be moderated by Lester Moeller who will also be speaking about his trip to China with Governor Dennis Dauggard. We encourage you to attend and get your questions answered.

Check out the great items at the silent auction and bid for your favorites, the silent auction will end at 3 p.m.

We will be wrapping up the first day with the South Dakota Master Pork Producers Recognition Banquet and the always popular SDPPC "Sold! What's Next?" live auction. We invite everyone to attend and enjoy a great evening.

Thursday morning begins at 8 a.m. with the SDPPC Non-Checkoff Annual Meeting of the Members and SIP investor producers where they will engage in discussion on council and industry topics and set policy for the coming year. Delegates to the NPPC 2014 Pork Forum will also be elected at this meeting.

Thursday morning, Jan. 9, the annual trade show floor opens at 9 a.m. Come and see your equipment, feed, genetics, animal health and other suppliers. Don't forget to bid for your favorite item at the silent auction which will end at 1:30 p.m.

The Awards Luncheon takes place at 11:30 a.m.; we will recognize outstanding pork producers, industry leaders and students. The South Dakota Pork Producers Council will honor Peggy Greenway with the Pork All-American Award for her outstanding leadership and involvement. Walt Bones will receive the Friends of the Industry Award for all that he has done for our industry; Chuck Langner Ag Director with Watertown Radio will receive the Media Award; and 1481 Grille of Arlington will be awarded the Restaurant of the Year Award. Mike Lens, allied industry member, along with Mary Duvall, SD Representative will be presented with this year's Dedicated and Distinguished Service Award. Steve Pohl will be recognized for his years of service to SDPPC as he will be retiring from the SDSU Ag Engineering Department.

At 2 p.m. in the Washington Room we will feature motivational speaker, Bruce Vincent who will be speaking on "With Vision, There Is Hope." You won't want to miss this great presentation that brings audiences laughter, tears and a cultural call to action!

All SIP investors and interested parties are invited to attend the rack of pork reception at 4:30 p.m. in the Ramkota Roosevelt Room. We will also hold our 4th Annual Pork PAC silent auction during the SIP reception.

A full schedule of events is available at http://www.sdpork.org

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) was created in 1954 to responsibly serve, support and enhance the success of the South Dakota pork production industry. Along with managing industry issues and improving the image of the pork industry, the SDPPC works to insure a safe, wholesome product for the consumer's confident consumption.

–S.D. Pork Producers Council