pigs http://kbia.org en Niche market for hog farmers; financial tips from former US treasurer http://kbia.org/post/niche-market-hog-farmers-financial-tips-former-us-treasurer <p></p><p></p><p>The pork business certainly has its challenges. Hog farmers continually grapple with high feed prices, environmental hiccups and criticism from animal welfare groups. But some producers are creating a path to profitability by pursuing smaller, more specialized markets. From Iowa, Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer has the story of Eden Farms.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:13:15 +0000 Kristofor Husted 32605 at http://kbia.org Niche market for hog farmers; financial tips from former US treasurer This little piggy has a market niche http://kbia.org/post/little-piggy-has-market-niche <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>There’s more than one way to sell a pig.</p><p>And when the hog market plunged to 8 cents a pound in 1998, Iowa producer Randy Hilleman decided it was time to make a change. Hilleman raises Berkshire pigs, a breed that’s fattier than traditional pigs and costs a little more to raise. Back then, that was hurting him.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:59:54 +0000 Amy Mayer 32601 at http://kbia.org This little piggy has a market niche