Meet the Real Pig Farmers of America: Doing It Better Through the Generations

Meet the Real Pig Farmers of America: Doing It Better Through the Generations


Agriculture has always been evolving since
farmers first started to try and select wild plants that they saw growing and say, “We’re
gonna try and modify this and see if we can do something different with it.” (Music) My kids, if they choose to come back to our
farm, they’re not gonna be farming the same way I did, just like the way I’m farming is
not the same way that my grandfather farmed. I’m the sixth generation to farm on the west
side of Indianapolis in my family’s line. And darn, I wanted to get better than my dad! I was not certain that David would come back
to the farm. And when he came back, there were all these
ideas to do it better. And I just had to stand back and say, “Go
get ’em, David!” Why did we put solar panels on our farm? We believe that agriculture has always been
in the business of being sustainable and so anything that we could do to decrease our
carbon footprint and then, over time, decrease the amount of money that we’re having to
spend on buying electricity off the grid was going to be the right decision for us, for
our farm. It has been instilled in me that, you know,
you always want to try and leave things a little bit better for those who follow you,
and leave them something that they can be proud of to call their own. Hi, my name’s Dean. I like to get in the barns a lot. Feed them and spend time with them is all
I really need to do right now. I’m the best farmer on this farm! I was surprised that he came back because
I knew he had opportunities lots of other places, but I was very grateful. So that’s been a surprise, but, you know it’s
all about the family, isn’t it? (Music)

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