Meet a Pig Farmer- Lauren Schwab

The #RealPigFarming unites pig farmers, academics, youth, veterinarians and allied industry members to talk about pig farming. There are many different ways to raise pigs and #RealPigFarming celebrates all farmers and how they choose to raise their pigs. The most [...] Read more

From Waste To Treasure

Scott Phillips is a pig farmer who, like all farmers, use pig waste for good.

Like other pig farmers in Missouri, Scott Phillips agrees that one of the most positive changes in the industry was when pigs were moved out of [...] Read more

To Protect and Preserve

Keith enjoys canoeing in the river that is kept clean through environmental practices with his pig barns.


When you think of an environmentalist, what do you picture?

Does he look anything like me?

While I may not fit the picture in your head, [...] Read more

Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Derrick Sleezer is a pig farmer who also raises row crops and always focuses on caring for the environment.

At our house and farm, reducing our environmental impact is an integral part of our entire farm.

Like many of my fellow real [...] Read more

#RealPigFarming – Meet The Legends

Missouri pig farmer Everett Forkner loves pigs. They’ve been part of his life, in fact, since the day he and his wife, Ruby, established TRULINE® Genetics in 1958. Today, Forkner Farms is a 2,000-acre family farm that includes two sons [...] Read more

Safe Food Starts with Healthy Pigs

Keith Schoettmer, America’s Pig Farmer of the Year discusses animal health

Sometimes in life, you don’t get to choose. You can’t live off of fried foods for several weeks and expect your jeans will still button. You can’t get lax on [...] Read more

The Changing Role Of Women Pig Farmers

Wanda (left) and Jan (right) have been blazing trails for women pig farmers.

As someone who has been raising pigs for a long time, Wanda Patsche has noticed a number of changes in the role of women in pig farming in [...] Read more

Women Farmers: An Invaluable Segment


As a sixth generation farm girl, Cristen Clark, who lives in central Iowa, knows that the role of women in pig farming is nothing new. After all, her mother helped raise livestock long before Cristen, herself, became a pig farmer [...] Read more

Animal Care is a 24/7 For Pig Farmers

Caring for animals brings me joy.

It’s hard work, sure, and the pay certainly doesn’t reflect the time and stress that goes into it. But watching our pigs grow and strive and excel is the kind of reward that’s worth a [...] Read more