The "Year of Pigs" at the 2010 Indiana State Fair comes as Indiana Pork producers rebound from the impact of the global recession and last year's H1N1 outbreak.
David Hardin, Indiana Pork Producers board member, says markets like China have reopened to U.S. pork after the H1N1 scare, and the industry is also benefitting from an increase in domestic demand. He says the industry contributes slightly more than $3 billion to the state's economy every year.
Hardin says there are around 3,000 producers in the state that meet the demand of approximately 25 million people worldwide. Approximately 20 percent of the pork produced in the state is shipped overseas.
Indiana ranks fifth in the nation for pork production, according to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. ISDA is also launching a ‘Food for Thought Recipe Trail’ presented by Indiana's Family Farmers during this year's state fair.
Source: Indiana Pork Producers, ISDA, Inside Indiana Business.