Partners in Change
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:36 AM CST

Flexibility and adaptability have become the unofficial motto for the Renner family, of northeast Iowa. Never was that more clear than four years ago, when the company for whom they raised contract hogs suddenly canceled its contract. Tom Renner and his son, Brent, were left to make decisions about two 2,400-head hog buildings they owned.

"Hogs were a big part of our operation for a number of years," Brent Renner says. With 10 years left on a 12-year mortgage on one building, the family continued to raise hogs independently for another two years ...

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