Meet Russ Kremer: 2013 Growing Green Food Producer

Russ Kremer leads the thriving 52-member Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative, empowering producers to profitably raise healthy pigs without antibiotics

2013 Growing Green Awards Winner: Food Producer — Known as the “Pope of Pork,” Russ Kremer is a fifth-generation Missouri diversified pork producer and a driving force in the movement for antibiotic-free livestock. After a near-death experience with an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection Russ contracted from his pigs in 1989, he realized the dangers of conventional production and made immediate changes to his operation. Russ started over to raise pigs the natural, old-fashioned way — free-roaming, pasture-raised and without drugs. Russ leads the thriving 52-member Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative, empowering producers to profitably raise healthy pigs without antibiotics.

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