Alberta Pork: 'Looking Towards a Revitalized Future'

by 5m Editor
5 November 2008, at 10:47am

ALBERTA - Alberta’s pork producers will have the opportunity to provide direct input into the direction of the province’s pork industry in a series of regional meetings held annually by Alberta Pork, the organization which represents the province’s pork producers.

With a theme of “Looking Towards a Revitalized Future,” the meetings, to be held throughout the province November 10-14, 2008, offer producers the chance to get an update on Alberta Pork activities of the past year, hear perspectives on key issues facing the entire industry, and ask questions, says Tees, Alberta pork producer Herman Simons, chairman of Alberta Pork.

“These meetings are also a chance for producers to receive an important update on the action being taken to revitalize and reposition Alberta’s pork industry in the wake of turbulent market realities,” says Simons. “This is something that directly affects the entire Alberta pork industry and most pork producers, as well as those affected by the industry, will want to attend.”

The meetings begin with a “state of the industry” presented by Simons covering the activities Alberta Pork has participated in over the past year. “These regional meetings are where producers are encouraged to give input or ask questions on activities and initiatives that Alberta Pork is leading on behalf of the industry,” says Simons.

Each of the four regional information meetings, to be held in Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Fort Saskatchewan, will follow a standard format. Following the chairman’s address, a presentation on “Regaining Competitiveness: Alternative Feedstuffs for Swine” will be presented by either Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra of the University of Alberta or Dr. Eduardo Beltranena of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) and the state of World Trade Organization negotiations will be the focus of a presentation by Darcy Davis with the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, a coalition of national and regional organizations, associations and companies advocating an open and fair international trading environment for agriculture. Alberta Pork staff will make presentations on current issues and activities throughout the day.

Meeting locations and dates are as follows: Grande Prairie, November 10 at the Grande Prairie Inn; Lethbridge, November 12 at the Lethbridge Lodge & Conference Centre; Red Deer, November 13 at Holiday Inn; and Fort Saskatchewan, November 14 at Lakeview Inn & Suites. No meeting will be held November 11 in recognition of the Remembrance Day holiday. All meetings will begin with refreshments at 9 a.m. and wrap up at approximately 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

All pork producers are welcome to attend one of the Alberta Pork Regional Annual Meetings but are asked to register beforehand in order to provide accurate numbers for meals.

Further Reading

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