LEXINGTON, MO. – How are farmers using science and technology to grow healthier food? What’s the impact on our food, animal care and the environment? Students at Lex La-Ray Tech Center will get those questions answered on Thursday, Jan. 9. Sharon Oetting of Oetting Farm in Concordia, Mo., will address vet and ag science students starting at 8 a.m. and continuing through 3 p.m. at Lex La-Ray Tech Center located at 2323 High School Drive in Lexington.
Titled “Modern Animal Agriculture & Pork Production” the speech by Oetting will highlight how ongoing advancements in agricultural science are helping farmers raise better food while using fewer natural resources than ever before. “Farmers who raise pigs have been able to make great progress in animal health, food safety and protecting the environment,” said Oetting. “And farmers know they must always keep learning and working to get better at what they do.” Farmers now use 41-percent less water and 78-percent less land to raise pigs than they did 50 years ago.
Click below to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone talk with Sharon Oetting of Oetting Farm.
“Modern barns, a focus on nutrition and animal care mean pigs live healthier lives than ever before,” said Oetting. “And, healthy pigs mean healthy food. For example, pork tenderloin today is as lean as a skinless chicken breast and is certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy food. I’d like to thank Lex La-Ray Tech Center for giving me an opportunity to share with these students what farmers are doing to make sure safe and healthy food gets to their dinner table today and in the future.”
Missouri pork production generates more than $1.1 billion of economic activity, and provides Missourians with over 32,000 direct and support jobs.