Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Minnesota pork production takes center stage on Thursday, October 21, 2010, at the Minnesota Dietary Managers Association meeting. Karen Richter of DKR Swine Farms near Montgomery, Minn. will address the group in sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn located at 75 37th St. S in St. Cloud.
Entitled "America's Pork," the speech by Richter will highlight how much leaner pork is today than it was 20 years ago and how increasing demand for pork has helped U.S. producers become leaders in the global food market place. A USDA study released in 2006 showed that pork tenderloin is now just as lean as a skinless chicken breast.
"We are constantly improving the total care and management of our animals to meet consumers' demand for lean, nutritious, safe and affordable food," remarked Richter. "That commitment has also helped U.S pork producers gain a competitive edge and become the world's largest pork exporter. Given that pork is the now the meat of choice worldwide, we have a great opportunity to capture even more of the export market and bring those dollars back to our communities. I'd like to thank the Minnesota Dietary Managers Association for giving me an opportunity to tell our industry's story of innovation, quality and good stewardship."
There are 68,000 U.S. pork producers. Richter said Minnesota pork production generates $7.8 billion of economic activity, and provides Minnesota residents with more than 22,500 direct and support jobs.