Research to help boost productivity, profitability
Courtesy of Corey Carpenter
Corey Carpenter was 15 years old when his grandfather took him to the local Farm Services Agency to get a loan for his show pig business.
The Red Bluff, Calif., native had spent every moment outside of school feeding pigs, scraping pens and working in the hog barn, so it seemed a logical next step to take ownership of some sows and begin raising show pigs for the local 4-H and FFA communities.
With an associate degree in animal science, a bachelor's degree in animal science, two master's in swine nutrition and a full-time position as an account manager and swine specialist at Zinpro, Carpenter still hasn't hung up his backpack. The 29-year-old is pursuing a doctorate in swine nutrition at the University of Minnesota.