Erin Brenneman and her family operate Brenneman Pork, a fully integrated, family-run pork and grain operation in Washington County Iowa. She has a truly unique perspective on farming as she grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She had always assumed food came from the grocery store and never put much thought into the people and families that worked so hard to raise it. That all changed in 2004 when she received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University and married her husband.
She moved back with him to his family’s farm in southeast Iowa and has been passionate about sharing that journey and experience ever since. Erin has been a representative for the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance(USFRA) Faces of Farming and Ranching program. Erin is also a contributor to the PorkNetwork website and shares her agriculture experiences and perspectives on her blog there.
On the farm daily, Erin’s passion is with the baby piglets. She describes her job as a “day one farrowing specialist” as running a maternity ward for pigs. She enjoys the rewards and challenges that come with providing their pigs with the finest individual care. Erin and her husband Tim also have two boys, ages 5 and 10, that have a passion for the family farm as well. Instilling into the next generation that desire to continuously improve is something that Brenneman Pork is extremely passionate about. Erin enjoys watching her boys grow up as farm kids and appreciating all the wonderful things that being a family farmer means to all of us!