Women are breaking the glass ceiling in the field of agriculture. Leslie McCuiston from Columbus, Nebraska was named 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year.
McCuiston grew up on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma and just assumed she concentrate on cattle. While attending college her interests switched to swine and she never looked back.
McCuiston says, “I’m honored and excited to get to tell the story about us pig farmers and what we do every day. That we are responsible and sustainable and I want consumers to be confident in the pork they purchase. I get to tell those stories and that is what is exciting.”
McCuiston says hog producers get up every day wanting to do what is right for that pig. She says, “Food, water, air and care is what we say.” McCuiston says as a women in this field, caretaking and nurturing comes naturally.
McCuiston works with about ten different breed to wean hog operations in Nebraska and South Dakota. Out of her nine managers six are women.