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Published April 23, 2008, 12:00 AM

Speaker to discuss pork industry here

Minnesota pork production will take center stage on Monday, April 28, at the regularly scheduled Evening Lions Club meeting in Alexandria.

Minnesota pork production will take center stage on Monday, April 28, at the regularly scheduled Evening Lions Club meeting in Alexandria.

Yuzhi Li of University of Minnesota will address the group at 6 p.m. at the Broadway Ballroom, 115 30th Avenue West in Alexandria.

Titled “The Pork Industry: More Than Just the Other White Meat,” the speech by Li will showcase the industry’s rural economic impact plus on-going programs to enhance the nutritional quality of pork, to protect the environment and to treat livestock humanely.

Due to new technologies and management systems, U.S. pork producers have trimmed pork’s fat content 31 percent since 1983.

“Like other industries facing strong competitive pressures,” Li said, “we’re working to constantly improve our ability to provide tasty, affordable and nutritious pork products in a responsible manner. I’d like to thank the Evening Lions Club for giving me an opportunity to discuss how pork producers are providing quality pork products, benefiting the local economy and being responsible neighbors.”

Li is one of 68,000 U.S. pork producers. Minnesota pork production generates $7.8 billion of economic activity, and provides Minnesota residents with more than 22,500 direct and support jobs.

For more information, contact Lisa Shellenberger, National Pork Board Speaker’s Bureau, at 1-800-474-0747, extension 261.

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