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ISU Sustainable Dining Day

The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is joining with other ISU Dining venues to feature sustainable foods on Wednesday, November 14th, 2008. The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom menu will feature ham from Iowa Farm Families.

Iowa Farm Families is a network of dedicated family farmers involved in producing and coordinating independent Duroc pork production based in Iowa. Pure-bred Duroc pigs are a breed wihich produces a high amount of internal marbling, or small flecks of fat interspersed within the muscle. Marbling adds to the juiciness and tenderness of the meat product. The Iowa Farm Families program has its origin in market research conducted with Iowa State University meat scientists and discriminating consumers.

The Iowa Farm Families Story
     "We are a small group of Iowa farm families determined to remain independent pork producers. We are dedicated to producing the best pork you can buy. We successfully developed Naturally Tender pork throught the advancement of a specific old-line of Duroc hogs.
     "The owners of our company have combined their talents, gained from over 95 years of tending their swineherds, to naturally select animals that consistently have ideal meat pH values and intramuscular fat levels. The result is pork that is consistently tender, with more internal marbling and moisture than commodity pork."

The Iowa Farm Families network adheres to sustainable production practices to ensure quality and consistency of products, including:

Exclusive vegetarian diet

Standardized production techniques

Duroc herd sires selected to target ideal marbling

Animals are raised, fed, and gently handled at all steps in production to promote tenderness and moisture retention of the meat.

A Web conference titled Understanding Sustainable Dining Options, will be presented Wednesday, November 14th from Noon - 1:30 p.m. in room 136 of the Marketplace UDCC at Iowa State University. There is no fee but advance registration is required. Contact Farm to ISU Coordinator Sue DeBlieck at 515-294-2894 or susandeb@iastate.edu.