Join the Search for the Next America's Pig Farmer

Pat Bane, 2018 America's Pig Farmer of the Year
( National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff )

Join the search for the 2019 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year by sending in your nominations between now and Monday, March 10 at

“The public has to know we’re doing the right things to care for our animals and keep them healthy,” says 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Pat Bane. “We need to foster an increased understanding about how their food is raised with today’s modern technology. It’s not only good for us as farmers, but good for them as consumers. You can’t drive that point home enough.”

Bane, a pig farmer from Arrowsmith, Ill., travels the U.S. as an ambassador and voice for the pork industry in his role. 

Anyone can nominate a pork producer or themselves at The farmer will receive an email with a link to the application, which will be accepted until Monday, April 1. Candidates must be at least 30 years old as of Jan.1, 2019.

“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.”

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