Inspired by pork

Pork’s new “Be Inspired” advertising slogan fits Chris Wevik. The Beresford, S.D., woman has been inspired — even empowered — by pork. Wevik, who farms with her husband, Doug, has managed their 2,400-head finishing barn for the last 11 years. They recently sold the barn.

Wevik, who grew up in Sioux Falls and never thought she’d be a farmer or marry a farmer, started out with little more than a love for animals and a hunch that she was up to the task. Her success managing a finishing barn has given her confidence and made her realize that she could be a full partner in th couple’s diversified grain and livestock farm and part of the often male-dominated ag industry.

Key Points

South Dakota woman says she’s empowered by role on the farm.

She managed a 2,400-head hog finishing barn.

Her management role gave her confidence to try new ventures.

“It was empowering, really,” she says. Managing the barn also gave her the confidence to try other ventures. She has written a self-help book and has recently gone out on the speaking circuit.

“I know a lot of women are involved in pork production behind the scenes,” she says. “Now, with modern pork facilities, they can take a daily management role. This experience reaffirmed to me that farmers are conscientious and really care about their animals, their land and resources and the future of agriculture.”

South Dakota officials are hoping more people — especially those concerned about economic development, jobs and the state budget — will be inspired by pork production. They see a big opportunity for communities in expansion of the swine industry.

Sorensen writes from Yankton, S.D.

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CAN DO: Chris Wevik found her place in agriculture. She managed her family’s hog finishing barn for the past 11 years and found the experience to be “empowering.”

This article published in the October, 2011 edition of DAKOTA FARMER.

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