Pork Checkoff Encouraging Producers to Complete On-Farm Sustainability Report
By Eric Pfeiffer, Hoosier Ag Today
Jan 3, 2022
Today’s savvy consumers want to know more. The people who buy, sell, and eat pork want to know that pig farmers share their values and are committed to sustainability.
They want to know things like, “What are we doing with the manure, how are we planted on the land, and how much carbon is that saving? And that’s just the starting point of what we can prove to the consumers,” says Missouri farmer Scott Phillips, a member of the National Pork Board who owns and operates a farrow-to-finish operation that markets 54,000 pigs annually. He also grows corn and soybeans.
“Also, we want to show that our pig welfare has been continually improving over the last 50 years that I’ve been farming. Also, what we’re doing with workers. We’re continually providing education. You know, there was a reason people left the farm back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It was tough work, and it was hard, and it was dangerous. It’s not that way now.”
Phillips encourages pork producers to request an On-Farm Sustainability Report, a service provided by the Pork Checkoff...