(CLIVE, Iowa) - A Black Hawk County farmer's pork production success has landed him in the Iowa Pork Producers Association's 2016 class of Master Pork Producers.
IPPA recognized Joe Thoma of La Porte City at the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines last night. He received the brass Master Pork Producer belt buckle, emblematic of the award, and his pork operation was highlighted in a brief multi-media presentation.
Thoma and his wife, Jennifer, are part owners and operators of their family's Countyline Livestock farm. Joe, who has raised hogs for more than 30 years, farms with brother Matt; father, Jim; and cousin, Dan. Together, they own and feed approximately 50,000 hogs annually. They have 1,500 head of cattle and farm 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans. A new, modern feed mill was added in the past year.
Joe manages all pig movements, repairs and oversees two employees. He also handles the marketing and schedules loads to Tyson in Waterloo. Jennifer handles the bookkeeping for the farm, including the livestock enterprises and their feed mill.
Away from the farm, Joe, Jennifer and their four children are active in their church and community. They volunteer at church and Joe helps grill at school-sponsored tailgates. He is on the Black Hawk County Pork Producers Board and is a past president. He is a member of the Black Hawk County Corn and Soybean boards and a Farm Bureau member. Joe also is active in the Jesup Lions Club and Knights of Columbus.
Nominated by their neighbors and peers, Master Pork Producers are recognized for their innovation, attention to quality, efficiency and production records within their farm enterprise. They are considered industry leaders who are committed to producing the highest quality pork products. Their operations are environmentally sound, they care about the livestock, are good neighbors and active in their community.
IPPA and Iowa State University have carefully selected Master Pork Producers every year since 1942.