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Rotary Club to host 'Farming and Food' presentation

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 3:47 p.m. CST

VILLA PARK – The Villa Park Rotary Club will host Kate Hagenbuch's "Farming and Food" presentation at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Gullivers Pizza & Pub, 17W517 Roosevelt Road, Overbrook Terrace. 

The presentation will highlight how advancements in agriculture science are helping farmers raise better food while using less natural resources. 

“Modern barns, a focus on nutrition and animal care mean pigs live healthier lives than ever before,” Hagenbuch, of Hagenbuch Family Farms, Utica, said in a news release. “And, healthy pigs mean healthy food."

Farmers use 41 percent less water and 78 percent less land to raise pigs than they did 50 years ago, the release said..

In Illinois, the pork industry contributes more than $1.7 billion annually to the state's economy, generates more than $136 million in taxes and supports more than 7,800 jobs, according to the release.

"I’d like to thank the Overbrook Terrace Villa Park Rotary Club 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,” Hagenbuch said. 

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