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Faces Of Agriculture launches 'Pork on a Fork' contest

Goal is to raise awareness of pork industry's importance to consumers and economy

Faces of Agriculture announces the launch "Pork on a Fork", a contest aimed at raising awareness of the importance of pork to the American diet and economy.

"No matter how you refer to it, H1N1 influenza has unfairly devastated the livelihood of the American pork producer, and that puts at risk the health of the American public," said Faces of Agriculture spokesperson Trent Loos.

As of May 1, American pork producers have lost $17.69 on each hog marketed. For the April 24 through May 1 period, total losses reached $7.2 million a day.

"Ironically these losses have resulted from nothing more than misinformation and improper use of terminology on the part of our federal government and media," said Loos. "This is unfortunate considering domestic food production is a means of national security."

In addition to the importance of the United States being self sufficient in food production, Loos said the very health of the American public depends on the continued viability of pork producers. He pointed out that research at the University of Texas and elsewhere has shown the consumption of cured and processed meats, such as ham, bacon and luncheon meats, promotes good cardio vascular health.

A 6th generation farmer and rancher, Loos believes it is time to raise awareness of the valuable contributions made by the pork industry and he intends to do just that through his organization's just launched "Pork on a Fork" contest which encourages people to submit photos of family members, friends, customers, anyone, anywhere eating pork.

Photos received by May 26 will be judged, and the winner will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, June 3 to 5. All submitted entries will be available for viewing during the World Pork Expo and on FacesOfAg.com.

"It is time for every consumer that enjoys a good piece of locally produced pork to step to the plate and show their support for the commitment that America's pork producers make everyday to feeding the world and protecting our health," said Loos.

Photos for the "Pork on a Fork" contest should be sent to trentloos@gmail.com. Get more details at www.FacesOfAg.com.

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