2010 State Fair to toast Indiana’s hog industry

This year’s Indiana State Fair will celebrate the state’s $3 billion hog industry by putting hogs and pork products center
stage during the 17-day fair.

A series of events, exhibits and displays will toast Indiana’s 3,000 hog farming
families during the fair’s "Year of Pigs" tribute.

Indiana Pork Producers executive director Mike Platt
says the Aug. 6-22 fair will highlight the large role the hog industry plays in the state’s economy.

Last year,
Indiana hog farmers raised some 8 million pigs.

The hog-themed fair comes amid tough times for hog farmers dealing
with the recession, record high feed prices and the misperception that hogs can pass the swine flu, or H1N1 virus, onto humans.

Foreign exports are down dramatically and some countries have banned U.S. pork products.

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