The Illinois Pork Producers Association, in partnership with Farm Credit Services of Illinois, 1st Farm Credit Services and Effingham/Clay FS elevators, is sponsoring Harvest Feeds at grain elevators around the state. The effort feeds their neighbors and fellow farmers through the free food program.
This is the fifth year IPPA has hosted Harvest Feeds - and it was a record-breaker. In total, volunteers from county Pork Producer groups, county Farm Bureaus and local Farm Credit Service agencies cooked and served 10,150 pork sandwiches at 70 grain elevators during September, October and November.
“Illinois pork producers are proud to share their high-quality pork products with other farmers, and we're glad there is something we can do to help ease the burden of harvest for them,” said Jim Kaitschuk, executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers Association.
In addition to feeding those who delivered the grain to the elevator, pork sandwiches were also wrapped up to be taken to folks back in the field. In some locations, a sack lunch was also given to the farmers.
“It’s a really nice thing that the pork producers are doing. This is the kind of thing neighbors do for each other – and it is another thing I’m thankful for,” said Wendell Engel a grain producer from Farina, Ill.
The Feeds also provided an opportunity for the pork industry to share some state-specific pork industry facts like the amount of grain consumed by pigs in Illinois. (Did you know that pigs in Illinois consume approximately 74 million bushels of corn every year?)
“Grain and livestock producers are part of the agricultural cycle that feeds the world and strengthens the economy here in Illinois,” Kaitschuk adds. “Working together and supporting each other just comes naturally.”