Dave Preisler honored for his leadership role in Minnesota's pork industry

Minnesota Pork Producers Association CEO Dave Preisler was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the Minnesota Ag & Food Summit.


By: Noah Fish, Agweek (ND)

Nov. 16, 2021


MANKATO, Minnesota — For nearly three decades Dave Preisler has helped steer the winding ship of Minnesota's pork industry.


Preisler, CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, received the Distinguished Service Award at the AgriGrowth Minnesota Ag & Food Summit on Nov. 4. The company's tradition of presenting the award goes back to 1968, for "unique service and significant contributions to strengthening food systems and agriculture in Minnesota."


"Nominated by his peers for his contributions to the agri-food industry, Dave deserves this special recognition," said Tamara Nelsen, executive director of AgriGrowth. "We are thankful for Dave’s leadership and contribution to a strong agri-food industry in Minnesota."


Preisler, who's been in the role with the MPPA for 27 years, said he was "really humbled' by the award and nomination.


Raised on farm in Mahnomen, Minnesota, Preisler's first job out of college was as a high school ag teacher in the Norman County West School District, in the Red River Valley. Preisler spent six years after that working for the University of Minnesota Extension service.


He said while so much has changed in the pork industry in his time with MPPA, what he enjoys most about it hasn't...


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