July 2, 2009

Farm Groups Host Lunch and Learn Event in Wyaconda

On June 24, Missouriís commodity groups came together to host a lunch and learn event in Scotland County. The purpose was to educate community and business leaders on the importance of animal agriculture and the pork industry. More than 70 individuals attended the event, held at Oberholtzer Farms just west of Wyaconda.

Leaders of the local community, elected officials of surrounding areas, as well as friends of the Oberholtzers were in attendance.

ďIíve been farming all my life,Ē said Earl Oberholtzer, owner of Oberholtzer Farms. ďIf I didnít have the opportunity to build this operation, I donít know what I would be doing.Ē

According to the University of Missouri and USDA, Missouri ranks 7th in the nation in pork production. Missouriís pork production has a total economic impact of over $1.1 billion dollars. Over 32,000 direct and supportive jobs are provided by Missouriís pork industry. On a 10-year average, Missouri hogs consume 16% of the corn and 9% of the soybeans produced in the state. Presenters at the event stressed this is an important relationship for both animal agriculture and the crop industry.

This lunch and learn event is one of many planned across the state this summer. The series is supported by:† the Missouri Agribusiness Association, Missouri Beef Industry Council, Missouri Cattlemenís Association, Missouriís Cattlemen Foundation, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Dairy Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Missouri Department of Agriculture, The Missouri Egg Council, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Pork Association, The Poultry Federation, Missouri Soybean†Merchandising Council, and the University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program.

The Missouri Pork Association represents the stateís pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.



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