Local Farmer to Address How and Why Pork is Changing
What choices are farmers making to raise pork today? How is it impacting animal care, our food and the environment? Those questions will be answered on Tuesday, April 30, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Women's Club of Alexis. Steve Main of Main Hitch Farm in Altona, Ill. will address the group at 12:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church located at 406 South Street in North Henderson.
Titled “The Pork Industry: More Than Just the Other White Meat,” the speech by Main will highlight how and why pork has changed dramatically, the industry’s impact on the rural economy, and on-going programs 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,” Main 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 Women's Club of Alexis for giving me an opportunity to share how farmers are continuously working to change how they raise pigs for the better.”
The pork industry in Illinois contributes more than $1.7 billion annually to the state’s economy, generates more than $136 million in taxes and supports more than 7,800 jobs.