In the past few weeks I’ve put on quite a few miles as I’ve worked with producers and production systems across the upper Midwest. With so much road time I’ve had a chance to think about the importance of pork production as an opportunity for youth to return to the farm. At the same time I’ve remembered all of the controversy that has been associated with pork production in many states.

As I drove the by-ways of the Midwest I saw lots of large planters and ground-preparation equipment. It is not uncommon to have corn/soybean farmers in rural communities farming over 5000 acres of row crops with the more aggressive operators controlling over 15,000 acres. Federally subsidized crop insurance is one of the many risk management tools they have successfully used on their growth path.

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