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Taking to the Street Helps Promote the Pork industry

by 5m Editor
13 March 2008, at 11:20am

US - Educating the public is a priority for producer Bill Tentinger. He knows he has a good story to tell, but just needed a place to tell it.

A report in The Prairie Star explains how he and fellow pig producers were aware that they needed to tell people about the positive aspects of the pork industry. “We’re able to do that through the Operation Main Street program.”

Now entering its third year, the program sponsored by the National Pork Board has trained 600 producers to speak to civic and other community organizations.

Tentinger runs a farrow-to-finish operation near here in Plymouth County. The Northwest Iowa producer uses contract growers to finish his pigs. He also grows corn and soybeans.

Long active with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Tentinger knew first-hand how important it was to educate the public about the pork industry.

Tentinger has given 24 speeches since being part of Operation Main Street’s second class of producers. Most of those talks have been to civic organizations in Northwest Iowa.

The 600 trained speakers represent several states, says Ernie Barnes, director of industry services for the pork board and coordinator of Operation Main Street.

View The Prairie Star story by clicking here.

5m Editor