Farmers understand the important role their businesses play in the lives of employees, customers and the communities in which they live and work. We honor our obligation to respect and support our communities by:

Recognizing that being welcomed and appreciated by the community is a privilege that must be earned and maintained

The commitment to support communities is stronger today than ever. Pig farmers are working hard to build trust and good relationships in communities around the country. We understand the important role our businesses play in the lives of employees, customers and the communities in which we live and work. Being a good neighbor and a good businessperson requires us to do what is right — maintain standards, nurture sustainability, help others and, of course, acknowledge community concerns and address them in an honest and sincere manner.

Acknowledging that our practices can affect the trust our community has in pork production and our operations

Pig farmers recognize that being personal and welcoming with their communities brings the trust that both parties are looking for.  We acknowledge that our farming practices affect the trust the community has in food production. Pig farmers realize that raising healthy pigs by using good farm practices results in safe, high-quality products. As providers in the food supply chain, farmers understand the need to assure everyone that we uphold high standards and continuously strive to be better.

Operating in a manner that protects the environment and public health

Pig farmers take pride in the progress they have made so far, and they are working hard every day to be transparent about how pigs are raised and demonstrate that they operate their farms responsibly. Research funded by farmer organizations has led to greatly improved noise, odor and dust control through adoption of cutting-edge technology and equipment. Novel ventilation strategies that mitigate dust exhaust from production barns, manure storage systems that reduce odor, and clean water initiatives are just some examples of these achievements. At the end of the day, pig farmers are drinking the same water and breathing the same air that their neighbors are and so we realize the importance of protecting the environment and overall public health.

Playing an active role in helping to build a strong community

We understand the important role our businesses play in the lives of employees, customers and the communities in which we live and work. Being a good neighbor and a good businessperson requires us to do what is right—maintain standards, nurture sustainability, help others and, of course, acknowledge community concerns and address them in an honest and sincere manner.  America’s pig farmers are generous with their time and resources. They help others by performing acts of charity, contributing to emergency relief efforts, offering educational experiences and lending expertise. Farmers also contribute economically to their communities by providing jobs and contributing financial wealth to their communities.