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Pork producers at WFTD

One of the busiest and noisiest places at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the family ag adventure tent where kids of all ages can take part in a collection of games and events while they learn more about agriculture. That is where we found Tammy Vaassen with the Wisconsin Pork Association.

“We’re just trying to educate the kids a little more about pork production,” says Vaassen as they run a trivia question contest which asks everything the leanness of today’s pork to the fact pigs don’t sweat. “Really focusing on production and the different types of breeds out there.”

While most think “dairy” when they think Wisconsin, pork is a big contributor to the Badger State’s agriculture profile. Vaassen says her organization is working hard to help producers in any way they can. Some of the main issues they are dealing with include climate change legislation, food safety and animal rights efforts. “We are trying to show consumers and the general public that producers care about their animals.”

AUDIO: Tammy Vaassen talks about pork issues 4:30

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