Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives
Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives

Erin Brenneman
Farmer and Farrowing Manager, Brenneman Pork

Category
Location
Wellman, Iowa
Farm Credit Affiliation
AgStar Financial Services
Erin's Perspective

Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, it was only after Erin Brenneman married and moved to her new family’s hog operation that her eyes were opened to what she calls “the beautiful world of farming.” She's since become a strong advocate for the industry and for her own family’s products.

Erin and her husband are part owners in TJAC Pork and both work at Brenneman Pork in Iowa. Their operation consists of a 24,000-sow farrow-to-finish operation, and they market 650,000 pigs annually. Erin and Tim also have their own 715-acre corn and soybean farm.

Erin works full time at the home farm sow unit as the farrowing manager, and while most of her time is spent caring for the sows and newly born piglets, she also hosts groups visiting the farm. She takes the time to explain their modern production practices to groups like Florida FFA officers, retail food companies, students and recently a group of “mommy bloggers.”

“I always hope to reach a non-agriculture based audience to share the amazing story of modern farming,” Erin says. “I am constantly seeking out new and effective ways to reach audiences with exciting stories about how food is raised.”

Erin was recently selected as one of the Faces of Farming by the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. promoting the pork industry and talking to students with no experience in farming about modern production methods and technology. As an active member in the social media community via Twitter, she strives to correct the vast amounts of misinformation about farming that she finds circulating.

“As more and more of the next generation return back to the farm, I believe that the future of agriculture is incredibly bright and full of innovation,” she says. “I have found that the farming community is an extremely progressive and always looking for ways to improve. The future of agriculture will be filled with bright, motivated individuals who value a hard day’s work and others’ input to feed the world’s ever growing population.”

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