Four Cornerstones for Agriculture in Uncertain Times

The world is no longer what it was a few short weeks ago. It is unnerving to see empty grocery store shelves, shuttered schools, steep drops in the commodity and stock markets, people hoarding hand sanitizer and more – all due to coronavirus. There are no guidebooks to tell us how to manage times like […]

Maintaining Your Freedom to Farm

Traveling to state pork association meetings this winter, from Iowa to Indiana to South Dakota and beyond, I have heard a lot of talk about international marketing, African swine fever and profitability. Each time I visit with producers, however, one message always comes through loud and clear: Producers are concerned about their freedom to farm. Some […]

To Protect and Produce: U.S. Pork’s Imperatives in 2020

Global pig losses caused by African swine fever (ASF) now number in the millions. The disease, which is capturing the world’s attention, is causing a very troubling and growing global meat protein shortage.   History teaches us that hungry people are desperate people. My father Neal grew up during the Great Depression and World War […]

Latinos Are Pork’s Future

Time To Tango: Latinos Are Pork’s Future If I walked into a retail or meat-packing industry conference and told them they’re walking away from a $95 billion opportunity, they would probably think: I’m clearly mistaken. There are no untapped markets that big; Everyone else is walking away, but their large, household-name company is on top […]

Clearing the Way for New Opportunities

Have you ever thought about burning down half the buildings on your farm in one day? It might sound crazy, but that is exactly what we did on our farm in South Dakota in the summer of 1997. Like any farm in business for over 100 years, our farmstead had amassed quite an array of […]

Ownership Equals Responsibility

Growing up on our family’s farm in South Dakota, there was never any shortage of work to be done, especially when it was time to pick sweet corn, can green beans, butcher and process a hog or beef, dig potatoes, sort hogs, herd cattle, paint buildings or fix fence. Mom and Dad would round up […]

What Baseball Taught Me About Teamwork

It has been a long winter for most of the nation. If you are like me, you are getting spring fever. Spring means warmer weather, new calves and grass reappearing from underneath snowbanks. Spring also means baseball season has begun. We grew up as a baseball family. My grandfather Anthony Even was a baseball fan […]

Reinventing the Pork Checkoff as a Problem Solver

My son, Anthony, who serves in the South Dakota Air National Guard, is at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, this fall. He is taking advanced training courses to become a F-16 crew chief when he returns to our farm near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, next spring. My family and I drove to […]

Reinventing the Pork Checkoff as a Problem Solver

My son, Anthony, who serves in the South Dakota Air National Guard, is at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, this fall. He is taking advanced training courses to become a F-16 crew chief when he returns to our farm near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, next spring. My family and I drove to […]