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Cando, N.D., hog producer Jim Gibbens, checks a field of corn that will help feed his 6,000 pigs at Hexagon Farms, background. Gibbens and other pork producers are in an extreme financial downturn after high feed prices and other inputs were followed by the H1N1 flu scare, sometimes referred to as "swine flu," even though the CDC states "you cannot get infested with novel H1N1 virus from eating pork or pork products." (Eric Hylden/Herald)

H1N1 flu scare hits pork industry hard

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GRAND FORKS -- Even if nobody gets sick with H1N1 flu at Jim Gibbens' Hexagon Farms near Cando, N.D., the virus already has taken a serious toll there.

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The villain isn't the virus itself, actually, but the name by which it commonly goes:

Swine flu.

Hexagon Farms is a 6,000-head livestock operation, and the stock is swine.

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