Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010: The Year of Pigs

First it was corn, then it was trees. Last year was tomatoes, and now, in 2010, the featured commodity at the Indiana State Fair is pigs. That’s right, the fair and Indiana Pork Producers are teaming up to celebrate this prominent part of Midwestern agriculture and staple of many Hoosiers’ daily breakfasts.

Of course, pork products aren’t just for breakfast. We also enjoy them at lunch in the form of a ham sandwich or a burger topped with a couple strips of bacon. And who doesn’t have a ham or pork chop dinner from time to time?

Yes, Indiana grown pigs are an important part of the American diet, and that’s why they will be featured at this year’s State Fair.

Deciding which item to spotlight is not very scientific. The fair and the State Department of Agriculture get together to discuss what commodities play a significant role in the state’s economy and which one consumers should learn more about. Since the pork industry contributes $3 billion to the Hoosier economy and employs more than 15,000 people directly, it makes sense to tell everyone that those sausage patties next to your scrambled eggs are not only great tasting, but also a key part of keeping a Hoosier farmer in business.

So the next time you bite into that BLT or salivate over that slice of pepperoni pizza, savor the flavor and the knowledge that you are contributing to one of Indiana’s best made products.

As one prominent pork industry spokesman would say… “Th… th… th…That’s all, folks.”

Submitted by Andy Klotz


  1. YEAH! We'll be coming over from the Buckeye State to show our Hampshires, Yorkshire and maybe even Hereford hogs. See you in August.

  2. "Year of Pigs" presented by Indiana Pork Farmers is exciting! And what a wonderful venue to bring it all together, our 2010 Great Indiana State Fair. Oh, and Andy, let's mention those Indiana Pork Tents at our 2010 Great Indiana State Fair. They are going to be filled with some goooooood pork choices. YUM-EEE! I can't wait! Let's all go get in line right now!

  3. The Pork Tents are always a "must stop" each year at the Fair. Now I'm really excited for new menu items in The Year of the Pig and to see what other food items will be offered from Fair food vendors!