Growing up 6 miles west of Tulsa, in the northeast Oklahoma community of Sand Springs, Tre' Smith didn't have much interest in commercial pork production, or agriculture for that matter.
He admits he loved animals and his time in FFA, but prior to his senior year in high school, his aspiration was to help people protect, restore and maintain their oral health. Then he was introduced to the Oklahoma Pork Council.
After graduating in May 2018, he packed his bags and moved to Stillwater to begin working in the Oklahoma State University swine barn that summer. He stayed with a co-worker before the dorms opened for fall semester and he was officially enrolled.
Since then Smith has worked extensively at the OSU swine farm to learn the day-to-day operations.
Now a junior at Oklahoma State University where he is majoring in agricultural communications and marketing, Smith spends time off campus finding opportunities to work with Oklahoma pork producers.