The Minnesota Pork Congress is taking place in Minneapolis. JoDee Haala of New Ulm is the president of the Minnesota Pork Board. She told the Linder Farm Network safety would be one of the big topics of discussion.

“Protection from foreign animal disease and foreign animal disease preparedness,” said Haala. “The goal is to make a stronger pork industry. To do that we all need to step up and make a stronger pork industry.”

Haala says federal authorities are always on the lookout but state and local officials have to be prepared as well.

“We need to work with the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Board of Health, and pork producers to develop local and regional responses in case we have to deal with an outbreak.”

The Minnesota Pork Congress runs through Thursday.