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Michigan Pork Producers to host annual meeting

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ANNUAL MEETING: Pork producers can have their say about who will serve as pork producer delegate candidates for the 2022 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body during the Michigan Pork Producers’ annual meeting June 16.
Quick Take: MSU students earn animal medicine scholarships; new laws governing alcohol established.

Michigan’s 2,000 pork producers can have their say about who will serve as pork producer delegate candidates for the 2022 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body during the Michigan Pork Producers' annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. June 16.

Because of changing COVID-19 meeting restrictions, this meeting will have a virtual component. A link to the Zoom meeting is available by emailing Emily Schmitt at [email protected].

Delegate candidates will be elected to serve during the National Pork Industry Forum from March 9 to 11 at the Omni in Louisville, Ky.

Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them, or provide before the meeting, a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.

For more information, or a link to the Zoom meeting, contact Michigan Pork Producers Association, 3515 West Road, Suite B, East Lansing, MI 48823, or call 517-853-3782.

MSU students earn animal medicine scholarships

Aimee Labrie, Emily Schuurmans and Shalini Shashidhara, students at Michigan State University, are three of 54 students from around the world to be awarded a scholarship through a partnership between Merck Animal Health and American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Now in its eighth year, the selected second- and third-year students pursuing careers in companion animal or large animal medicine will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to support their educational endeavors.

Award recipients from U.S., Canadian and Caribbean veterinary schools accredited through the AVMF, along with select international schools, were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership and area of interest within the profession.

New Michigan laws governing alcohol established

New laws were recently signed into place to benefit Michigan craft distillers, and were applauded by the Michigan Craft Distillers Association.

The changes include:

  • Allowing as qualified small distillers to self-distribute up to 3,000 gallons per year of product direct to retailers of any product not listed in the ADA Price Book. Also allows qualified retailers to ship directly to consumers.
  • Allowing a mixed spirit manufacturer the ability to self-distribute up to 31,000 gallons of mixed spirit drinks directly to retailers.
  • Updating code related to branded logo merchandise. 
  • Expanding the definition of mixed spirit drink to allow Alcohol Blood Volume percent to increase from 10% to 13.5% ABV, as long as it is packaged in a metal container (can) of less than 24 ounces.
  • Reducing the tax on mixed spirits from $0.48 per liter to $0.30 per liter. It also expands the retailers who can sell mixed spirits to allow all retail license types to sell them.
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