Patrick Bane, an Illinois pig farmer, has been named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year by the National Pork Board. Bane will travel the U.S. as an ambassador and voice for the pork industry throughout the year.
The disproportionately large segment of baby boomers employed in skilled trades and their impending retirement adds to the expected workforce shortage in coming years, but that might be good for new hires.
Trade tariffs, expansion and an oversupply of protein have become common concerns for pork producers in the last several months. But perhaps their biggest concern is finding and keeping good employees.
Finding the right help for the farm is one of the most crucial elements to maintaining a sustainable and profitable farming operation. But you might need to venture outside our country’s borders to find it.