posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in North Region News
Students at Hettinger High School learned about pig farming from a representative from AMVC Management Services, a diversified swine management company that manages the sow farm in Scranton. Alicia Humphrey, AMVC public relations coordinator and a trained Operation Main Street presenter with the National Pork Board, educated agricultural students in three of Mrs. Ronda Schauer’s classes about the swine industry and job opportunities within the field.
Schauer encourages discussion in her classes about where food comes from and how ranchers and farmers will be able to feed the growing population. She welcomed Humphrey as a guest presenter into her classroom to provide insight to her students about the swine industry.
“Guest speakers bring a new perspective. They are focused in their area and are current with their facts and experiences,” commented Schauer.
Humphrey’s interactive presentation included information about the global demand for food, pig care, animal health and nutrition, as well as, the various careers available in the swine industry. The students asked questions throughout the presentation. Her goal was to give the students a snapshot of the advancements of today’s pork industry, as well as, share the truths of modern pig farming.
After the presentation, the students reflected on what they learned during the class period. Anna Havelka, an eighth grader at Hettinger High School, commented, “Pigs have a very big impact on agriculture. The farms where they live are kept clean.”
Fellow classmate, Gavin Dalley, said, “I learned that pigs have gotten leaner and they sound fun to raise.”
Humphrey enjoys telling the story of pig farming and educating the next generation. “It was a rewarding afternoon, as the students participated throughout the presentation and asked questions. It is great to see local students interested in pig farming,” added Humphrey.
NorDak, the local sow farm, is located 33 miles from the high school. AMVC is proud to be an educational resource for local students. Headquartered in west central Iowa, AMVC Management Services manages 117,500 sows across seven states and employs over 550 people.
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