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Elk Grove Pork Producer Scheduled To Address Industry’s Progress

By: Staff Report
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December 29, 2011 – California pork production takes center stage on Tuesday, January 3, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Lincoln Kiwanis Club. Steve Weaver of Weaver Farms in Elk Grove, Calif. will address the group at 7:00 a.m. at the Buonarroti's Restaurant located at 460 G. Street in Lincoln. Titled “The Pork Industry: More Than Just the Other White Meat,” the speech by Weaver 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,” Weaver remarked, “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 Lincoln Kiwanis Club for giving me an opportunity to discuss how pork producers are providing quality pork products, benefiting the local economy and being responsible neighbors.” Weaver is one of 68,000 U.S. pork producers in the United States. He said the typical size sow operation can generate $27,000 in property taxes, $65,000 in state taxes, 21 jobs, and support another 19 indirect local jobs.