HUTCHINSON - 30 years ago not many people could have imagined pork would today be among the leanest meats available. How farmers have used science and technology to change pork will take center stage on Friday, Jan. 10, during the Wichita District meeting of the Kansas Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. Jodi Oleen of the Kansas Pork Association will address the group at 2:30 p.m. at Wesley Towers located at 700 Montery Place in Hutchinson.

          Titled "The Power of Pork," the speech by Oleen will highlight how farmers have changed how they raise pigs to meet consumers' demand for lean, nutritious, and safe food. "Farmers have been working continuously to change how they raise pigs for the better," said Oleen. "They've been able to make great progress in animal health, food quality and protecting the environment using advancements in agricultural science and technology." For example, a USDA study found pork tenderloin is as lean as a skinless chicken breast and the American Heart Association has certified it as a heart-healthy food.

          "Modern barns, a focus on nutrition and animal care mean pigs live healthier lives than ever before," said Oleen. "And, healthy pigs mean healthy food. I'd like to thank the Wichita District of the Kansas Associaiton of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals for giving me an opportunity to share what farmers are doing to make sure safe and healthy food gets to the dinner table today and in the future."

                 There are 1,500 pork farmers in Kansas. In 2012, they produced more than 500 million pounds of pork with a market value of more than $456 million. Learn more about Kansas Pork Farmers at eatpork.org.