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Meet the Gutsiest Guy in the Pig Business

You can always count on Bill Prestage, 82, to tell it like it is. The day we sat down for this interview in his Clinton, North Carolina, office, the hog futures market was limit down, due mainly to China’s retaliatory tariffs on pork. Family-owned Prestage Farms, 35 years in business, is the sixth largest pork producer in the U.S., with 175,000 sows, and a vertically integrated turkey producer. The company will open a new pork packing plant near Eagle Grove, Iowa, later this year.

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