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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • The pork industry: More than just the other white meat

  • What choices are farmers making to raise food today? How is it impacting animal care, our food and the environment?
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  • What choices are farmers making to raise food today? How is it impacting animal care, our food and the environment?
     
    Those questions will be answered on Thursday, July 17, during the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce’s Business-to-Business Education & Networking luncheon. Sheila Schmid of Schwartz Farms, Inc., in Sleepy Eye will address the group at 11:30 a.m. at the Sleepy Eye Community Center located at 115 Second Avenue, NE.
     
    Titled “The Pork Industry: More Than Just the Other White Meat,” the speech by Schmid will highlight how and why pork has changed dramatically, the industry’s impact on the rural economy, and the use of science and technology to raise healthier pigs and protect the environment. Farmers now use 41-percent less water and 78-percent less land to raise pigs than they did 50 years ago.
     
    “Today’s farms combine the best of traditional farming methods with the benefits of better animal health and nutrition, and modern barns,” Schmid remarked. “That’s why today’s pork is safer, leaner and better for you than ever before in our nation’s history. For example, pork tenderloin is now as lean as a skinless chicken breast. I’d like to thank the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce for giving me an opportunity to share how farmers are continuously working to change how they raise pigs for the better.”
     
    Minnesota pork production generates $7.8 billion of economic activity in the state and provides Minnesota residents with more than 22,500 direct and support jobs.

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