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Celebrate the Versatility of Pork

Celebrate the Versatility of Pork


Governor Matt Blunt Helps Kick Off Pork Month

During Lunch at Missouri Department of Agriculture


Columbia, Mo.,—The National Pork Board and the Missouri Pork Association will be celebrating Pork Month throughout October.  This month serves as an opportune time to enjoy “The Other White Meat,” as well as recognize the dedication of pork producers and the excellence of their product across Missouri. 


On September 27, Governor Matt Blunt proclaimed October as Pork Month at the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) offices in Jefferson City. A pork chop dinner was then served to staff, state legislators and area pork producers.


MDA Director Katie Smith was also on hand to stress the importance of the pork industry to Missouri’s economy.


“Missouri continues to be a leader in pork production and contributes more than $1 billion to our economy,” said Director Smith. “We appreciate the Missouri Pork Association for continuing their work to advance pork production, an essential part of our agricultural industry.”


Jim Fisher, chairman of the Missouri Pork Association, accepted the proclamation from Governor Blunt on behalf of Missouri’s pork industry.


“Pork Month serves as a reminder to Americans that pork is a great product, and producers work hard to make it healthy and available,” said Jim Fisher, chairman of the Missouri Pork Association and a producer from Middletown, Missouri.  “During October and the entire year, the Checkoff is at work for producers through research, promotion and education programs.”


Missouri pork production currently ranks seventh in the nation. The Missouri Pork Association, in partnership with the National Pork Board, is helping producers promote their high-quality pork through advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health and pork safety. Pork producers provide the resources to support these efforts by investing $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold into the National Pork Checkoff. For additional information on Checkoff-funded programs, contact the National Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-PORK or visit


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