Main talks pork to Kiwanis

Adam Larck

While many Kiwanis Club members ate spaghetti and chicken on April 6, Steve Main talked about pork.

Main, owner of Main Hitch Farm in Altona, talked to the club about the changes the pork industry has had in the past 25 years.  

His speech was titled “The Pork Industry: More Than Just the Other White Meat.”

He attributed many of the changes to new technology and science.

Relating the talk to the local area, Main said that the Peoria Stockyard is “kind of a dinosaur and is becoming extinct.”

“The future of the pork industry, as far as jobs, I really don’t see any and I don’t know of any in this area,” he said. “The Quad Cities has the potential of a new packaging plant going up there in the next couple of years. But here I don’t hear of anything.”

Main added that the pork industry has brought more than $1.7 billion to the state economy, and has provided more than 7,800 jobs.

In other club news:

• Club members will be selling roses to the community throughout April.

The roses were set to arrive Tuesday to be given out.

• The Kiwanis Club will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on April 17 for pre-schoolers through fourth graders.

The hunt will be at 2 p.m. at North Park.

• The club will be hosting a Cardinals vs. Cubs bus trip on June 5.

People who sign up will take a bus to Busch Stadium to see the two teams face each other.

The cost per person is $110. The cost covers a right field box ticket and transportation to and from the game.

If interested, see a Kiwanis member for more details.

• Club members are helping support Dunlap High School’s Race for the Cure event. The event is going on May 7.