It’s certainly been a year filled with ups and downs, said Mike Haag, president of the Illinois Pork Producers. Between trade challenges, rumors of impeachment, African swine fever and more, it has not been boring.
National Junior Swine Association's secretary, Adrian Austin, says turning her focus to FFA in high school was a pivotal decision in her life, opening the doors to greater involvement in the pork industry.
Farmers wear a lot of hats – literally and figuratively. Nearly four years ago, Illinois pig farmer Kent Blunier, decided there were too many people who didn’t understand agriculture and he wanted to help people see what farming is really about.
Are you taking time to tell your story? In a world of quick answers, Illinois pig farmer Pat Bane believes farmers should take time to explain why they do what they do. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at his farm.
Travel the country. Meet farmers from other states. Develop your leadership skills. Sound interesting? Consider applying for the Iowa Pork Leadership Academy or the Illinois Future Leaders Class of 2020-2021.
One lesson COVID-19 has taught our country is agriculture is essential. “We can't replace people getting up and doing the chores," says Dan Thomson, chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.