The best decision Everett Forkner ever made was marrying his wife, Ruby, in 1958. His second-best was to enroll in classes at the University of Missouri in the fall of 1957. The experience was a game-changer.
"We were southwest Missouri kids that hardly knew what the university was, so it was the best thing that ever happened to us. We were scared to death that they'd flunk us out, so we kept our noses in the books, and we both made the dean's list first semester," Forkner says.
In fact, the 81-year-old Richards, Mo., pork producer says that first year at Mizzou was so influential, he can't imagine what career path he would have chosen if he had not set foot on campus.
Now known internationally for his swine breeding business, Truline Genetics, as well as his premium pork production and marketing business, Truline Premium Pork, Forkner says that livestock judging experience and exposure to purebred pig production at the university started it all and is the reason he still devotes so much time to it.