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Buyers visit Illinois pork industry sites

RED BUD (AP) – Buyers from Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Vietnam and the Philippines are touring Illinois pork industry sites this week during a trade mission hosted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The tour began Monday morning in Red Bud at the Cedar Ridge farm, one of the nation’s top sellers of purebred breeding stock.

The buyers will be visiting a variety of other Illinois sites, including a research lab where they will hear presentations by University of Illinois experts.

The aim of the tour is to boost export sales for the Illinois pork industry. Over the last 2 years, the tour has generated $2 million in sales.

Illinois ranks fourth in pork production, marketing 2.1 billion pounds of pork in 2012.

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