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Pork producer Jim Merritt of Elbow Lake, Minn., makes a point Friday, with Gov. Tim Pawlenty behind him, about economic problems in the pork industry. Merritt, Pawlenty and others announced meat and cheese donations to food shelves. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Farmers help needy and themselves

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota farmers are donating $115,000 worth of pork and cheese to food shelves around the state, taking the money out of funds that generally promote agriculture sales.

In a time when pork and dairy industries are hurting as bad as they ever have, some say the largely symbolic effort could be a turning point.

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