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Published May 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

Local pork producer to address industry's progress June 7

Minnesota pork production will take center stage on Thursday, June 7, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Alexandria Rotary Club. Pam Gierke of Gierke Farms will address the group at noon in the Broadway Ballroom of the Garden Center Bowling Lane at 115 30th Ave. E. in Alexandria.

Minnesota pork production will take center stage on Thursday, June 7, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Alexandria Rotary Club.

Pam Gierke of Gierke Farms will address the group at noon in the Broadway Ballroom of the Garden Center Bowling Lane at 115 30th Ave. E. 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 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,” 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 Rotary 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 more than 22,500 direct and support jobs.

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