GALVA, Ill. – Lanny Dobbels is not just the current president of the Henry County Pork Producers.

He represents the history of one of the most powerful and enduring pork producing counties in the state, from raising hogs outside in all kinds of weather to the move to indoor production and through the ups and downs of the U.S. pork industry.

“We survived,” he said.

Dobbels was talking about how his family endured some of the toughest times of pork production.

The last 50 years of pork production in Henry County and the 50th year of the Henry County Pork Producers will be celebrated on March 1 at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona.

“We want to invite anyone who’s been involved in pork production in Henry County over the last 50 years in Henry County, regardless of whether they’re still in pork production,” Dobbels said.

Tickets still are available for the event. Dinner will start at 6 p.m., and the speakers will follow.

For more information, contact Dobbels at (309) 945-5857. Tickets also are available by contacting the Henry County Farm Bureau at (309) 937-2411 or stopping at the Henry County Farm Bureau office, 114 N. East Street in Cambridge.