By Sarah Mahan of This Farm Family's Life
Kirk Thornburg is a 4th generation farmer who resides in Richmond with his wife Lori and daughters, Macy and Kinzie. Kirk grew up on the family farm located near Greensburg in Decatur County and his father still farms the land today. "I currently manage a 2,800-sow farm for Country View Family Farms located in Randolph County near Lynn. Country View Family Farms is a division of The Clemens Food Group, and all hogs are harvested at Hatfield Quality Meats in Pennsylvania. The pork is marketed primarily in the Northeast corridor of the U.S. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2005, and am currently enrolled at Purdue University as a graduate student and a candidate for a Master of Science degree in communications.”
Kirk is currently President of the Indiana Pork Board where he has been a member and served on several committees since 2010. Kirk was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture as a National Pork Forum delegate in 2014.
The one thing Kirk loves most about farming is “the sense of accomplishment I get from understanding that what we do helps to feed the world, and being able to educate others as to what farmers do to feed their families and others around the world.”
“The methods we use to produce crops and livestock today, including pork, use modern technology to produce more food, more efficiently, and more environmentally friendly than ever before.This technology is allowing us to produce the most affordable, most nutritious and safest food we’ve ever produced. I have had the pleasure of speaking to Richmond High School students on several occasions to teach them about modern pork and food production in general, as well as demonstrating how pork can be prepared. This is truly something I enjoy."