Pork impact study helping identify sustainability enhancements

The president of the Michigan Pork Producers Association says he plans to plant more cover crops after a sustainability assessment.

Seventh-generation farmer Brian Pridgeon tells Brownfield he recently participated in the National Pork Board’s Pork Cares Farm Impact Report to create sustainability metrics for his farm.

“At the end, they aggregate all this data and tell a story on the way in which we care for our animals, we care for the planet with the idea this would be something that we pass on from generation to generation,” he shares.

Following initial results, he plans to increase cover crop use post-harvest to reduce soil erosion and add solar.

“I think what was most interesting about it was that now we have an idea of where we’re at and now we’re just in the process of reviewing where we should move towards,” he says.

The National Pork Board has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 from a 2015 baseline.

Brownfield interviewed Pridgeon as part of the recent Michigan Pork Symposium in Lansing.

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