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Why do farmers need science and technology?

LaMoille ag students will learn why

Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 12:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014 12:37 p.m. CDT

LAMOILLE — How are farmers using science and technology to grow healthier food? What’s the impact on our food, animal care and the environment? Students at LaMoille High School will get those questions answered on May 29.

Kate Hagenbuch of Hagenbuch Family Farms in Utica will address ag education students at 12:15 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. at the high school located at 801 S. Main St. Titled “Modern Animal Agriculture and Pork Production,” the speech by Hagenbuch will highlight how ongoing advancements in agricultural science are helping farmers raise better food while using fewer natural resources than ever before.

“Farmers who raise pigs have been able to make great progress in animal health, food safety and protecting the environment,” Hagenbuch said. “And farmers know they must always keep learning and working to get better at what they do.” Farmers now use 41 percent less water and 78 percent less land to raise pigs than they did 50 years ago.

“Modern barns, a focus on nutrition and animal care mean pigs live healthier lives than ever before,” said Hagenbuch. “And, healthy pigs mean healthy food. For example, pork tenderloin today is as lean as a skinless chicken breast and is certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy food. I’d like to thank LaMoille High School for giving me an opportunity to share with these students what farmers are doing to make sure safe and healthy food gets to the dinner table today and in the future.”

The pork industry in Illinois contributes more than $1.7 billion annually to the state’s economy, generates more than $136 million in taxes and supports more than 7,800 jobs.

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