There’s a reason Indiana is tenderloin capital

INDIANA - One of the first things new Indiana residents notice isn’t our corn production - they expected that - or our flat topography. They knew that too.
calendar icon 30 May 2006
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It’s breaded tenderloin sandwiches. Their eyes grow nearly to the size of the platter of meat placed before them. Native Hoosiers take those manhole cover-sized portions for granted.

There is a reason Indiana is known for tenderloin sandwiches. Pork. A lot of pigs live in Indiana, however briefly. Indiana, with more than 6 million, is fifth in the nation in hog numbers.

Gov. Mitch Daniels wants to double that amount over the next 20 years. The goal ties in with the state’s objective to boost biofuel production in Indiana. A byproduct of that fuel production can serve as livestock feed. Thus, the desire to increase hog numbers. It makes biofuel production more profitable if those farmers can sell their byproducts to nearby livestock farmers.

That means more huge farming operations known as confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Such an expansion recently appeared before the Madison County Board of Zoning Appeals for a Duck Creek Township farm near Elwood. The issue, to open a 152-acre, 8,000 head CAFO, was tabled.

Source: The Herald Bulletin

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