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Students to attend presentation on pork

Students at Jefferson High School will find out how and why farmers have used agricultural science and technology to change pork on Friday, February 28.

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Sarah Schieck of the University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office in Wilmar will address culinary arts students at 1:30 p.m. at the high school in Alexandria.

Titled “Today’s Pork,” the class presentation by Schieck will highlight how farmers have changed how they raise pigs to meet consumers’ demand for lean, nutritious and safe food.

“Farmers have been working continuously to change how they raise pigs for the better,” said Schieck. “They’ve been able to make great progress in animal health, food quality and protecting the environment using advancements in agricultural science and technology.”

For example, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study found pork tenderloin is as lean as a skinless chicken breast, and the American Heart Association has certified it as a heart-healthy food.

“Modern barns, a focus on nutrition and animal care mean pigs live healthier lives than ever before,” said Schieck. “And healthy pigs mean healthy food.”

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, according to the USDA.