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Published November 19, 2009, 02:06 PM

Pork industry to highlight Alexandria Sertoma Club meeting

Minnesota pork production will take center stage on Wednesday, December 2, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Alexandria Sertoma Club.

Minnesota pork production will take center stage on Wednesday, December 2, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Alexandria Sertoma Club.

Pam Gierke of Center Hill Farm will address the group at noon at the Broadway Ballroom at 115 30th Avenue West in Alexandria.

Titled “The Pork Industry: More Than Just the Other White Meat,” the speech by Gierke will showcase the industry’s rural economic impact, plus ongoing 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,” Gierke 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 Alexandria Sertoma Club for giving me an opportunity to discuss how pork producers are providing quality pork products, benefiting the local economy and being responsible neighbors.”

Minnesota pork production generates $7.8 billion of economic activity in the state, and provides Minnesota residents with over 22,500 direct and support jobs.

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