The annual meeting of the Minnesota Pork Board will be held this afternoon at the Minneapolis Hilton, 1001 Marquette Ave., beginning at 2PM. All pork producers are invited to attend. Any producer 18 or older who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the check-off deducted.

The Minnesota Pork Board is often referred to as the check-off. Every time a pork producer sells a pig, a small fee is paid into the check-off. These funds can only be used only for research, promotion or education. Each year the USDA audits the books of each state Pork Board to make sure the money spent complies with the Pork Act. The Minnesota Pork Board meeting "kicks off" Pork Congress 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, which will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

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