Upcoming Meetings

April 5, 2021 ... Protecting Our Food Supply & Our Planet

Mary Kelpinski, the CEO of Michigan Pork Producers Association, will examine how the food chain delivers food from farms to local grocery stores.  Google Trends indicates Concerns about Food are major issues for consumers: Food Availability, Nutrition and Safety. 

The presentation will review the food supply chain, COVID-19’s impact on the food industry and food safety practices employed to produce nutritious food on the farm and beyond.  For this presentation, pork production will be used to illustrate how the overall food industry operates.  

At the same time, farmers have made pork one of the leanest, nutrient-rich protein choices available, which was confirmed in 2006 when USDA released its study showing pork tenderloin is as lean as a skinless chicken breast. In 2011, pork tenderloin was also certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy food. 

Mary Kelpinski is responsible for both consumer education and state public policy initiatives which impact pork producers. Prior to joining MPPA, she was the Director of Industry Relations for the National Dairy Board.

“My career has been devoted to advocating for animal agriculture. I’ve had the opportunity to work with public policy and with consumers, on behalf of both the dairy industry and the pork industry. I particularly enjoy working with students, consumers and policy experts to help explain how food is produced.”



  • 2nd Monday in September, and some years in January
  • 1st Monday, October through June
  • CURRENT: ZOOM presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public. The Zoom link will be sent to members before the meeting. You are invited to participate. See ZOOM Info or use the CONTACT US page to obtain the Zoom link.
  • CURRENT: During the pandemic, our programs are being conducted via ZOOM presentation.