Editor's Note: Click here to learn more about America's Pig Farmer of the Year award. We will be featuring each of the four finalists in our Pork Personality profiles through the beginning of October.
You voted for the finalists for America’s Pig Farmer of the Year award, and here is your chance to get to know the finalists even more. In our hot seat today is Marti Knoblock.
Marti and his brothers founded GMC Farms, located in northwest Iowa, in 1980 and haven’t looked back since. Today the farm markets 23,000 pigs annually, in addition to raising corn, soybeans and cattle.
Here is a closer look at Lauren on a more personal level, too:
Q: The best pork dish you ever ate was…
A: …Farmland KC Wild Wing Pork Shanks. They are delicious served fresh off the grill with a little barbecue sauce!
Q: What is your favorite memory?
A: My favorite memory is of participating in 4-H as a young boy and being able to show pigs and cattle at our county fair. It was fun getting to interact with friends, family and community members during the best 4 days of summer!
Q: What words do you live by?
A: One day at a time – appreciate those around you each day and always do your best.
Q: If money were no object, what would you do all day?
A: I would still enjoy farming and working with my family but I would enjoy having a little more freedom of time to reach out to those in need. To be able to share my time to serve the underprivileged would be something I would enjoy the opportunity to do more of.
Q: What do you miss about being a kid?
A: What I miss about being a kid is the freedom to learn how to work without having all the responsibilities of an adult. As a boy I enjoyed using my imagination around the farm, watched the clouds go by, hunting for birds, etc. As an adult I still enjoy those opportunities to slow down and appreciate the little things, but there is definitely more of a demand to divide my time carefully.
Q: What was your first reaction when you discovered you were a finalist of America’s Pig Farmer of the Year?
A: Being a finalist has been a humbling experience to be able to share what we do here on the farm with others. I am thankful that by doing what we do every day, we can feel good about allowing the public to have a glimpse of our daily life on a family farm.
Q: How will you celebrate if you win America’s Pig Farmer of the Year award?
A: I think it would be fun to be able to take the farm and our employees out for supper in appreciation for working together. October is also harvest time, so mostly we would just appreciate working together through the harvest season and feel good about a job well done.
Will Marti be named America's Pig Farmer of the Year? Tune in on October 7 to find out!