I didn’t grow up on a farm. But since discovering my love for agriculture in college, I have spent the past 40 years raising hogs. I worked on farms around the world – from southwest Kansas to Singapore – before finally moving with my family to Goldsboro, where my husband and I started our own hog farm more than 25 years ago.

Along the way, I’ve seen the pork industry undergo a dramatic transformation. Today, we are raising more hogs and producing more pork – and we’re doing it in a way that is safer, more humane and more transparent than ever before.

As the newly elected president of the National Pork Board, I represent hog farmers across America. But it’s the farmers here in North Carolina I know best.

More than 80 percent of hog farms in North Carolina are family-owned farms – and I’m proud to operate one of those farms. My husband and I own a 120-acre family farm where we raise hogs and grow corn, soybeans and hay. Our breed-to-wean operation includes 1,200 sows that produce about 28,000 weaned pigs each year.