The Minnesota Pork Board says they have a vision for improving the sustainability of pig farms, as well as protecting natural resources and ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are striving very hard to measure, document, and improve the sustainability of our farms, including aspects related to climate change. It’s also a question of finding ways to make pig farms more efficient and economically sustainable,” says Minnesota Pork Board President Brad Hennenhe.

In a report, the Pork Board laid out best practices for environmental sustainability, as well as shared their goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions down by 40% by 2030. 

According to the report, planting cover crops, managing manure more effectively, and reducing energy use are some of the most effective ways to reduce emissions overall.

The report was not only based on research but also included various interviews with 10 Minnesota pig farmers.

“We’ve outlined what pig farmers have been doing to improve their practices and care for their pigs, people, and the environment,” says Minnesota Pork CEO David Preisler. 

“We know there are big challenges ahead when it comes to social, economic, and climate issues. We’ve outlined the measurable goals and needed resources and support that will help farmers achieve those goals.” - David Preisler.

The United States’ biggest pork producer is currently Iowa, and Minnesota ranks second with more than 3,000 pig farms; and in total, animal agriculture accounts for over 8% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

If all goes as planned, carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 40% and more natural resources will be protected, ultimately creating a better environment for animals and humans.