In recognition of the contributions and importance of the state’s pork industry,State Senator Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) has passed legislation declaring May 3rd as “Illinois Bacon Day.”
“Agriculture is the state’s top industry, and our pork producers are an important component of that industry,” said Bennett. “This is a chance to have some fun, eat some tasty bacon, and honor the work of our pork farmers across the state.”
Senate Joint Resolution 22, filed by Bennett, notes the economic impact of the pork industry to Illinois, including contributing an estimated $13.8 billion to the state’s economy and supporting over 57,000 jobs. As for bacon specifically, Illinois hog farmers produce more than 6 billion slices of bacon per year.
“I would encourage everyone to thank our pork producers enjoying some delicious slices of bacon,” concluded Bennett.