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Pork..."Be Inspired"

(Des Moines) -- October is Pork Month and pork producers want consumers to know there have been many improvements to the quality, taste and preparation of pork.  Most recently, the U-S Department of Agriculture has lowered the acceptable temperature for cooking and preparing pork.  Joyce Hoppes, consumer information director with the Iowa Pork Producers Association says no longer is pork needed to be over-cooked and end up being too dry.  Today's pork can be prepared at an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
 

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The pork industry recently changed their marketing slogan from "Pork...The Other White Meat" to "Be Inspired" and Hoppes says consumers and chefs alike, are being inspired to try pork as an entree item.
 

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Hoppes says today's pork is leaner, tastier,and more nutritious than pork served just ten years ago.  The National Pork Producers Council today praised the U.S. and Mexican governments for following through on resolving a trade dispute over trucking. Mexico today lifted tariffs on U.S. exports, including pork, and the U.S. government last week granted the first permit to a Mexican trucking firm to haul goods into the United States.


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Yesterday, Mexico lifted tariffs on U.S. pork and other products entering the country as part of the deal resolving a trucking dispute with the U.S.

The U.S. government last week granted the first permit to a Mexican trucking firm to haul goods into the United States.

The National Pork Producers Council praised the U.S. and Mexican governments for following through on resolving the dispute.

   

Get Ready for Oktoberfest!

(Remsen) -- Bratwurst, Kraut, Beer, and lots of polka music, its none other than the annual Oktoberfest scheduled for next Saturday, at Remsen; when the people of this small town sport their traditional Bavarian style clothes and promote their German and Luxemborg heritage. This marks the 38th year for the festival, and Karen Harnack of the Remsen Chamber says there are many new features to this year's festival including a luncheon with 1919 root beer.

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Speaking about food, at the St. Mary's high school beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing until 8 is when visitors can enjoy the family style dinner featuring two types of cuisines.

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Did we mentioned polka music?  Crowd favorite, The Bruce Bradley Band, returns to Remsen to provide just the right type of sounds for such an occassion.  They will perform two shows at St. Mary's High School.  The first, beginning at 3 and continuing until 5 and the second show runs from 6 to 9.  In addition to the food and music, there will be an arts and crafts show at the Old City Hall and Avalon Ballroom, and a vendor fair at the VFW Hall in downtown Remsen.  Don't forget about the Queen coronation along with the children's bavarian costume and dance contest.  That takes place at the St. Mary's High School at 1:30.  For more information about the Remsen Oktoberfest, you can call the Oktoberfest hotline at (712) 786-3408.

   

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