Karen & Ferlyn Hofer

Come in out of the cold and join us at the South Dakota Pork Producers 51st annual Pork Congress! We are celebrating 51 years of progress in the South Dakota swine industry on Jan. 15 and 16 at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall and Convention Center in Sioux Falls.

The 2020 Pork Congress kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council Checkoff meeting of the members in Amphitheater I of the Ramkota Hotel. Along with discussion on council and industry topics, elections of the South Dakota Pork Producers Council Executive Board Members and the Pork Act Delegates will be held at 10 a.m. All South Dakota Pork Producers that paid the checkoff assessment in 2019 are eligible to vote at this meeting.

The trade show floor opens at 10 a.m. and is open until 5 p.m.

At 10:30 a.m. in the Ramkota Hotel Amphitheater II Heidi Carrol, South Dakota State University Extension livestock stewardship specialist and Ryan Samuel, extension swine specialist will go step by step through the Transport Quality Assurance certification process that is not only beneficial to you, but your employer and the pork industry.

A pork chop lunch for $10 is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Roosevelt/Lincoln room.

At 1 p.m., come hear about the Inside Look at Politics and Policy. This seminar will be held in the Amphitheater II in the Ramkota Hotel, presented by Jim Wiesemeyer. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation. We encourage you to come out and learn more on where the industry is going.

At 3 p.m. in the Ramkota Hotel Amphitheater II, SDSU Extension swine specialists Dr. Bob Thaler and Ryan Samuel will be offering you the chance to get Pork Quality Assurance-Plus certified or recertified. We will be wrapping up the first day with the South Dakota Master Pork Producers Recognition Banquet and the always popular South Dakota Pork Producers Council “Sold! What’s Next?” live auction. During this time, there will be games to be played to win great prizes. We invite everyone to attend and enjoy a great evening starting at 5 p.m. with a social hour. The banquet and meal begins at 6 p.m.

Again, this year we will be recognizing outstanding pork producers, industry leaders and students during the Master Pork Producers Banquet.

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council will honor Craig Andersen with the Pork All-American Award for his outstanding job in leadership and involvement. Jeri Westra will receive the Friends of the Industry Award for all that he has done for our industry. Steve Rommereim will be presented with the Dedicated and Distinguished Service Award.

Pork Promoter of the Year award recognizes an individual, family, organization, company or county group that has done an outstanding job promoting pork and the pork industry. This year, Farming Families magazine founder Garret Gross will be given this award for his amazing dedication to the South Dakota pork industry.

The Family of the Year award is to honor a pork-producing family who has contributed to the long-term success of the industry through leadership and pork promotion on the local, state and national levels. The Paul Brandt Family of Clear Lake will be honored with this award.

Thursday morning, Jan. 16, the trade show floor opens at 9 a.m. Come and see your equipment, feed, genetics, animal health and other suppliers. Our show keeps growing, and this year is going to be the biggest show we have had with a total 160 vendors! Come out and see what all is going on in the industry and learn what new products are out there to make your farm more sustainable.

At 10 a.m. in the Ramkota Hotel Amphitheater II, there will be a panel discussion on African Swine Fever. This seminar is one you don’t want to miss!

A delicious pork brat lunch for $10 is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Roosevelt/Lincoln Room in the Ramkota Hotel.

The afternoon kicks off at 1:30 p.m. with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council non-checkoff membership meeting. They will engage in discussion on council and industry topics and set policy for the coming year. Delegates to the National Pork Producers Council 2020 Pork Forum will also be elected at this meeting.

At 3 p.m., the 2020 South Dakota Pork Congress trade show will wrap up for the day.

Following the afternoon non-checkoff meeting, 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 10th annual Pork PAC silent auction during the SIP reception.

We look forward to seeing you Jan. 15 and 16!

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