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2014 Environmental Stewards - Stephens Farms - Malta Bend, Mo. 2014 Environmental Stewards - Stephens Farms - Malta Bend, Mo. David and Sharon Stephens, along with three of their children, work on a farrow-to-wean farm that produces about 190,000 pigs per year. They also raise 600 acres of corn and soybeans on the adjacent land.


We Care Responsible Pork Production Video Winner We Care Responsible Pork Production Video Winner From talking the talk to walking the walk, Jo and Aaron Windmann, pork producers from Rush Hill, Mo., demonstrated how they live out the ethical principles daily on the family farm in her winning entry for the Checkoff’s We Care Responsible Pork Production video contest.


Antibiotic use on farms revealed Antibiotic use on farms revealed Family farmer Dereke Dunkirk invites you to take a look at how he uses antibiotics responsibly on his farm.


Sows Living The Alternative Lifestyle Sows Living The Alternative Lifestyle Erin Ehinger from Dykhuis farms in Michigan invites you to look inside a barn with pen gestation. She explains why her farm transitioned from stall housing to pens.


Ethical Treatment of Pigs Ethical Treatment of Pigs Animal well-being is a top priority for pork producers. This video addresses consumer questions on how pigs are treated and raised. Pork producers are working to provide a safe, wholesome pork product to consumers.


How are Pigs Raised How are Pigs Raised Do you have questions about how pigs are raised? What this video to get the answers.


What are Pigs Fed? What are Pigs Fed? Learn how pork producers provide their pigs with the proper nutrition.


Truth About Antibiotics and Pork Truth About Antibiotics and Pork Family farmer Heidi Vittetoe invites you to uncover antibiotic use on her pork farm.


The Amazing Pig The Amazing Pig Watch this video to learn about everything you ever wanted to know about pigs.


Pigs are Hungry Too Pigs are Hungry Too Modern pork producers use a variety of feed ingredients in proper proportions to produce balanced diets for pigs at each stage of their lives.


Food Comes From Farms - Corn Fed Food Comes From Farms - Corn Fed Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to learn how the corn farmers grow on their land turns into feed for hungry pigs.


Food Comes From Farms - Confinements Exposed Food Comes From Farms - Confinements Exposed Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to learn how family famers provide humane animal housing to protect their animals from the weather and outside predators.


Food Comes From Farms - Wanted: A Good Home for Pigs Food Comes From Farms - Wanted: A Good Home for Pigs Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to view the conditions that pigs live in on a daily basis.


Food Comes From Farms - Laboratory Pigs Food Comes From Farms - Laboratory Pigs Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to see how semen is processed in a lab before being shipped to pork producers to breed sows.


Pigs Go Green Pigs Go Green Do you wonder what pork producers are doing to take care of the environment? Hear real consumers ask their questions and get answers from pork producers.


Food Comes From Farms - High-Tech Pig Food Food Comes From Farms - High-Tech Pig Food Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to receive a first-hand view of a feed mill. Farmers provide a healthy diet to their pigs to produce a nutritious, high-quality product for consumers.


Food Comes From Farms - Clean Environment Equals Healthy Pigs Food Comes From Farms - Clean Environment Equals Healthy Pigs Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to learn how family farmers produce safe food and safe pork by enforcing strict biosecurity measures.


Food Comes From Farms - Boars or Monster Pigs? Food Comes From Farms - Boars or Monster Pigs? Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to receive a first-hand look of how family farmers provide humane housing and care for male pigs called boars. Also see the steps family farmers take to ensure their safety and the boars safety when collecting semen.


Food Comes From Farms - Piglets Taken Away from Their Mothers Food Comes From Farms - Piglets Taken Away from Their Mothers Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to see how family farmers provide humane housing and care for piglets. Learn what happens to the piglets when the farmer weans the piglet from its mother.


Food Comes From Farms - Lives of Sows Exposed Food Comes From Farms - Lives of Sows Exposed What this episode of Food Comes from Farms to view how family famers provide a humane housing and care for mommy pigs called sows.


Food Comes From Farms - Food for Pigs Food Comes From Farms - Food for Pigs Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to learn how family farmers provide safe and healthy food supply to their animals.


Food Comes From Farms - BBQLossal Food Comes From Farms - BBQLossal Watch Food Comes from Farms to learn how family farmers humanely raise the pork that feeds the world.


Ride Along with a Pig Ride Along with a Pig Ride Along with a Pig


What's in your food? What's in your food? Lisa Tapper, a family and consumer sciences teacher and pork farmer from Iowa, explains what’s not in your pork while demonstrating how to prepare three quick and delicious pork dishes.


The Birthing Process of a Piglet The Birthing Process of a Piglet The Birthing Process of a Piglet


Sows in gestation crates Sows in gestation crates Sows in gestation crates


Piglets Growing Up Away from their Mothers Piglets Growing Up Away from their Mothers Piglets Growing Up Away from their Mothers


Meet a Family Farmer Meet a Family Farmer Meet a Family Farmer


Animal Care a Top Priority Animal Care a Top Priority Animal Care a Top Priority


Alternative Lifestyle of a Sow Alternative Lifestyle of a Sow Alternative Lifestyle of a Sow


Baby Pigs The Gift of Life Baby Pigs The Gift of Life Baby Pigs The Gift of Life


Castration and Tail Docking of Piglets Castration and Tail Docking of Piglets Todd Wiley, a third generation pork producer, demonstrates and explains the process of castration and tail docking of piglets. Watch this video to learn how Todd and his employees handle each piglet with care and to see how the piglets react to these procedures.


Modern Animal Care Modern Animal Care Watch as third generation pork producer, Todd Wiley, walks you through how he uses modern technology to keep his pigs safe and healthy.


Removing Piglets from Their Mothers Removing Piglets from Their Mothers Third generation pork producer Todd Wiley explains what happens during the weaning process or the process when piglets are taken away from their mothers to another barn to recieve individual care and attention.


This little piggy went to market. This little piggy went to market. Watch this video to learn how Peggy Greenway handles each animal with care as she loads the pigs onto the trailer headed to market.


Preparing Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for Pigs Preparing Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for Pigs Pigs, just like humans, like to eat. Just like humans it is important for pigs to get a healthy, well-balanced meal. Brad Greenway, a third generation farmer, explains what is in the feed that his pigs eat and how it gets to the pigs.


Protecting the Animal Well-Being of Pigs Protecting the Animal Well-Being of Pigs Third generation farmer Brad Greenway provides the best possible care for his animals. Watch this video to learn what he does on a daily basis to make sure his pigs are happy and healthy.


Drought Prompts New Feed Strategies Drought Prompts New Feed Strategies Drought Prompts New Feed Strategies


A Good End for Pigs A Good End for Pigs When pork producers decide to euthanize a pig it is not entered into lightly. The pork industry condemns willful abuse of any animal. Pork producers are committed to care for animals in a way that protects their well-being.
2014 Environmental Stewards - Wessling Ag - Grand Junction, Iowa

Bruce and Jenny Wessling, along with their two daughters, raise about 18,000 feeder-to-finish pigs annually on their farm set amid 4,600 acres of corn and soybeans near Grand Junction, Iowa. Three naturally ventilated pig barns feature deep-pit manure storage and are surrounded by a natural vegetative buffer of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.

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Ethics of pork production Ethics of pork production Family farmer Dereke Dunkirk is committed to producing safe food for you. He explains why he follows the ethical principles for pork producers that are part of the We Care initiative.
What it means to be a family farmer What it means to be a family farmer Learn why farming is family tradition for Illinois pork producer Dereke Dunkirk as he talks about his passion for agriculture.

Taking a stand on modern pork production Taking a stand on modern pork production Pork producers follow a set of ethical principles outlined in the We Care initiative. Erin Ehinger from Dykhuis farms explains how her family lives by these ethical principles every day.
Sows in gestation crates Sows in gestation crates Erin Ehinger from Dykhuis farms in Michigan explains why individual sow housing allows her to provide the best possible care to the sows.

Dahl Family Farm, Dawson, MN Dahl Family Farm, Dawson, MN 2012 Environmental Stewards - Dahl Family Farm, Dawson, MN
2012 Environmental Stewards - Reed Family Farms, Ottumwa, IA 2012 Environmental Stewards - Reed Family Farms, Ottumwa, IA 2012 Environmental Stewards - Reed Family Farms, Ottumwa, IA

2013 Environmental Stewards - Russell Brothers, LLC Monticello, Iowa 2013 Environmental Stewards - Russell Brothers, LLC Monticello, Iowa Jason and Sarah Russell are building on a family legacy that can be traced back to the Civil War when the Russell family established its roots in Linn County, Iowa. They farm with Jason’s brother, Eric, pigs, corn, soybeans and hay.
2013 Environmental Stewards - Bacon Hill Farm Dodge, Nebraska 2013 Environmental Stewards - Bacon Hill Farm Dodge, Nebraska Fifth-generation family famers Danny and Josie Kluthe seamlessly mix pork production and cutting-edge technology.

2013 Environmental Stewards - Krikke Pork Greenwich, Ohio 2013 Environmental Stewards - Krikke Pork Greenwich, Ohio Howard and Jane Krikke raise replacement gilts for Kalmbach Swine Management, based in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Since 2006, Krikke Pork has been home to two 2,500-head wean-to-finish buildings...
2013 Environmental Stewards - Blue Mountain Farm Milford, Utah 2013 Environmental Stewards - Blue Mountain Farm Milford, Utah Blue Mountain site 42304, located in the high desert of southern Utah, produces 55,000 hogs annually in 10 feeder-to-finish barns.

2012 Environmental Stewards -  Future View Farm, Willow Street, PA 2012 Environmental Stewards - Future View Farm, Willow Street, PA 2012 Environmental Stewards - Future View Farm, Willow Street, PA
Creating the Perfect Pig Creating the Perfect Pig Todd Wiley, a third generation pork producer, and his employees walk you through the process of breeding sows on his farm.

Mother Pigs Giving Birth Mother Pigs Giving Birth Todd Wiley, a third generation pork producer, and his employees provide great care to mother pigs as they give birth to their piglets. Watch this video to learn more.
Giving Back to the Community Giving Back to the Community South Dakota family farmers Brad and Peggy Greenway believe in giving back to the community. Watch this video to learn how the Greenways are living out the pork industry's ethical principles of contributing to a better quality of life in their community.

Keeping Pigs Happy and Healthy Keeping Pigs Happy and Healthy There have been several changes in the pork industry over the past decades. Family farmer Brad Greenway opens his doors to show you why he has made changes to protect the health of his pigs and ultimately to produce a safer pork product for you.
A New Home for Piglets A New Home for Piglets Brad Greenway owns a wean-to-finish operation. In this video Brad is recieving his weaned pigs. Watch as he unloads them from the trailer and prepares the barn with the proper feed, water and heat needed to keep the pigs happy and health as they grow.

Three Generations of Farmers Three Generations of Farmers Meet third generation farmer Brad Greenway to learn about his passion for farming and why it is important for him to carry on the family tradition. He also explains how farming has changed over the years, including his specialization in pork production.