South Dakota’s pork production ranks No. 9 in the nation, according to South Dakota Pork Producers Council director of programs and communications Cagney Effling. She says they aim to move up the list.

“Our organization represents over 900 producers in the state of South Dakota,” said Effling.

She has always been involved with agriculture, so she says it was a no-brainer to set up her career in the industry.

Learn more about Effling and South Dakota Pork.

What should people know about South Dakota Pork Producers Council?
It is our pleasure to serve our South Dakota pork producers and be their voice. That being said, our producers are always happy to visit with their consumers. If anybody would like to get in contact with one of our producers about their practices, we would be happy to connect you with them. 

What should people know about you?
I come from a beef cattle background. Being on staff for the South Dakota Pork Producers Council, I am constantly asked if I own or produce pigs. I also get asked why I work for the pork producers if I grew up with cattle. The answer is easy; my true passion is animal agriculture and advocating for our industry.

What else are you passionate about?
I am truly passionate about animal agriculture. Specifically, I have a passion for raising purebred beef cattle. My family has an operation in Highmore, SD, that I truly enjoy going back to and helping with in my spare time.

What’s your favorite place to go for inspiration?
I come from a small community in central South Dakota, which is where my passion for agriculture was ignited. I love going back to my roots and remembering why I started what I am doing.

What’s next for you?
I want to use all of my experiences in life to be the best version of myself. I want to learn from different occurrences to help discover what I’m truly meant to do. I want to find the things I am truly passionate about and talented at in this life and use them to make a difference.


October is National Pork Month

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