The Life of a Hog Farmer’s Wife

By Shannon Clark, Nebraska pork producer         

                 The life of a hog farmer’s wife is far more interesting than I thought!  And surprisingly enough, I love it, and wouldn’t change a thing (ok, well maybe I would change the smell). 

                There are a few important things I would like to share about what I have learned about being married to a man who raises hogs.  First, ALWAYS check the pockets of any jeans, shorts, work pants, etc.  They are bound to have chalk markers, receipts, tools, etc in them.  And if you are lucky, you may find wrappers from the local gas station or even a quarter!  Second, give up on vacuuming/scrubbing of floors and dusting.  Forget the dusting, because gravel just doesn’t allow that, and the vacuuming and scrubbing of floors, because as soon as you do it, he will walk across the floor with work boots on.  Third, just accept the fact that hogs don’t smell; they are just the “smell of money.”  Fourth, if you have the chance, you better go on vacation because it may be 5-10 years before your loved one has the opportunity to leave again.  For you, a vacation may end up being to the World Pork Expo.

                There are some benefits to marrying a hog farmer.  Currently, my husband and I have a deep freezer dedicated to pork.  Pork chops, ground pork, bacon, pretty much anything you want!   I do love my bacon!

              The best benefit of being involved in a hog farm is raising kids on one!  Now, I’m new to this “hog thing” and I’m new to parenting; but I’ll tell you, I think our 17 month-old son, Brayton, has experienced more than most people out there!  He will, if asked, kiss a sow, pick up a piglet, run around in the nursery and chase the pigs, and follow Daddy around wherever he goes.  It is darn cute.  I think I have a future hog farmer on my hands!

Cook once, eat twice with Pork

By Kyla Wize, NPPA Staff

The novice chef at 6500 Adams is checking in to share my latest kitchen experience, of course with pork! Since my last blog, we’ve celebrated plenty – a bountiful Thanksgiving, my 27th birthday, a blessed Christmas with family, and of course toasted to a new year with friends.

Justin, Jessica, me, and Mat carefully select appetizers and microbrews on our recent visit to Henry’s in Portland, Oregon

As I debated what kind of unique recipe I should try to make for supper last Sunday, Mat reminded me of just how busy we were going to be that afternoon. Not only did we run errands, of course there was a quick trip to the grocery store because we were out of milk, but we also took our dogs, Phoebe and Nala, for a long, overdue walk.

Phoebe is 4 years old and Nala is 3 years old, and when they aren’t begging to go for walks, they wrestle with each other or chase the cat!

Since our afternoon was filled to the brim, I selected a quick and easy recipe that I could prepare and walk away from. The Cajun Pork Roast is outside the realm of “normal” at our house, so the smell of the roast cooking to perfection was tantalizing to us when we walked in the door with the dogs.

This is what you’ll need! 

Cajun Pork Roast

2 pound pork loin roast
3 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 45-55 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

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NPPA’s ‘Pigs on Parade’ Public Art Project Will Raise Money to Fight Hunger, Celebrate 50th Anniversary

LINCOLN –  Nebraska pork producers celebrate their 50th anniversary with creativity and style as they raise money for the Food Bank for the Heartland with “Pigs on Parade.” This public art project gives Nebraskans the exclusive opportunity to decorate their own 2-foot-tall fiberglass pig.

The white fiberglass pigs, manufactured by IconPoly of Gibbon, Neb., will serve as a canvas for the creativity of participating Nebraska individuals and businesses that take part. Participating pig buyers get a life-sized pig to decorate with creativity. This exclusive offer for fiberglass pigs must be purchased by March 1, 2011.

“The Pigs on Parade art project is a great way for businesses to support their local and state pork producers as we celebrate 50 years of good pork production practices,” said Mallory Wittstruck, 50th anniversary event coordinator. “While it celebrates our anniversary, it also raises money for the Food Bank for the Heartland.”

“Businesses can have their employees decorate the pig or work with a local artist to do it for them,” said Russ Vering, a NPPA board of director member. “Even getting the community involved or having local elementary students decorate the pig as an art project is a fun way to raise hunger awareness in Nebraska.”

The One Big Night held in McCool Junction, September 24 is NPPA’s anniversary celebration where past NPPA and Porkette presidents, Pork Queens, board of directors and others will be recognized. Not only will pork industry leaders will be awarded for their dedication, but will continue giving back to their communities with the Pigs on Parade project. The event is informal and open to the public with tickets purchased by September 16. For information about the One Big Night 50th Anniversary Reception or ticket information, visit www.NEpork.org.

The fiberglass pigs can be purchased online at www.NEpork.org or by calling (402) 472-0493.

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association is a grassroots, incorporated, nonprofit organization established in 1961. NPPA was developed to promote the pork industry through the enhancement of consumer demand, producer education and research. For more information, visit NPPA’s website at www.NEpork.org.Nebraska Pork Producers Association, 7441 O Street, Suite 104, Lincoln, Nebraska  68510 – Phone 402·472·2563, FAX 402·472·4930