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 […]

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 […]

Are You “Just” a Producer?

As we prepare to enter the third decade of the 21st Century, it might be good to stop to reflect on how much agriculture has changed in our lifetime. I think back to the 1970s growing up on our family’s farm at Humboldt, South Dakota, where my father Neal and my uncle Loren raised corn, soybeans, cattle, pigs, hay and oats.

Moving at the Speed of Business

Pork Board scouts for challenges, opportunities for pork producers By Bill Even The level of skill and commitment that our servicemen and women bring to their jobs always inspires me. It also reminds me of just how much is on the line.any of you probably have family members who have served or are currently serving […]

What’s Next?

By Bill Even Think of what a different world it was in 1985 when the National Pork Board was created to administer the Pork Checkoff. The Farm Crisis was raging. Global exports were a foreign concept to most U.S. producers. The internet and social media were unheard of. Producers knew they needed to support Checkoff-funded […]