In a world of quick answers and short sound bites, Illinois pig farmer Pat Bane believes farmers should stop and take the time to explain the reasons why they do what they do. As 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year sponsored by the National Pork Board, Bane will travel the U.S. sharing the story of pig farming. He hopes his time on the road visiting with consumers will help them achieve a better understanding of how their food is raised.
“I want to do more to show what it’s like to raise pigs to populations largely unfamiliar with agriculture,” Bane says. “I am prepared to make the case for why we do what we do today, and I want to provide that perspective to those who may not have it. I’ve been to other parts of the world, have seen pig farming evolve in the U.S. for the last 40 years, and I think it positions me to answer people’s questions and talk through disagreements.”
Take a tour of Bane Family Pork Farms by clicking on the slide show below to get an inside look at Pat’s story.