The dedication of Missouri pork producers and product promotion is being recognized this month as the National Pork Board and the Missouri Pork Association join efforts to celebrate Pork Month.
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt proclaimed October as Pork Month last week at the Missouri Department of Agriculture offices in Jefferson City. A pork chop dinner was served to staff, state legislators and area pork producers.
MDA Director Katie Smith was also on hand to stress the importance of the pork industry to the state’s economy. “Missouri continues to be a leader in pork production and contributes more than $1 billion to our economy,” Smith says. “We appreciate the Missouri Pork Association for continuing their work to advance pork production, an essential part of our agricultural industry.”
Jim Fisher, chair of the Missouri Pork Association, accepted the proclamation from Governor Blunt on behalf of Missouri’s pork industry. “Pork Month serves as a reminder to Americans that pork is a great product, and producers work hard to make it healthy and available,” says Fisher, a producer from Middletown. “During October and the entire year, the Checkoff is at work for producers through research, promotion and education programs.”
Missouri pork production currently ranks seventh in the nation.
For additional information on Checkoff-funded programs, contact the National Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-PORK.
Also visit www.mopork.com