Heather Hill wasn't just the face of Indiana Pork during the two years she served as president for the statewide group. She was known as someone who lived and worked on a swine farm as well. She also works off-farm for Zoetis, traveling Indiana working with veterinarians and producers with products for swine production related to animal health.
Hill is serving as past president on the Indiana Pork Board in 2014. She truly lives and breathes hog production.
"I'm passionate about it," she sees. "We are deeply involved in the pork industry."
Her husband, Marc, and in-laws Steve and Debi Hill, along with Heather, own and operate a 300-sow farrow-to-finish operation near Greenfield in Hancock County. They also purchase pigs to finish out from a local Indiana producer. They typically market 13,000 hogs per year.
With all this going on, Hill finds time to assist the Indiana Soybean Alliance with their Glass Barn education project at the Indiana State Fair. Last year was the inaugural run for the Glass Barn. One of the features was videos about three farming operations, including the Hill swine farm. Then three times a day, one of the three farmer representatives were at home, ready to chat live with an interactive audience at the state fair.
"I set up my computer in the farrowing house and usually got ready to do my talk in front of a sow and litter," she says. "I anticipated as many questions as I could. The audience could ask questions and I could hear them and respond, but often they didn't know what to ask.
"These are mostly people who have no background in farming. But they're interested and it was a joy to have an opportunity to talk to them."
Hill will participate in the project again this year. Five farmers will split up days, with each one doing three live chats on their days.