Codington County producer earns Pork All-American Award

Charles Rossow of Florence, South Dakota, was recently honored by the South Dakota Pork Producers Council with the Pork All-American Award during their 49th Annual Pork Congress in Sioux Falls.

Through the Pork All-American award, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council acknowledges pork producers or industry members who have established themselves as dedicated, involved business people and leaders in their communities.

Rossow started farming in 1973 at the age of 15 with his mother after his father passed away. She had sold the pigs off, but his love for them stayed. In 1978, he purchased 4 purebred Yorkshire gilts and started a farrow to finish operation. Later on, he switched to a 60-head sow farrow-feeder in 1990. In 2010, he moved into a farrow-show pig avenue to provide quality and reasonably priced pigs to his area.

Rossow keeps busy in the community by serving as president of the local Codington, Clark, Hamlin county pork producers group. He does many grillings on a local, state and out of state level for promotions.

Rossow has stayed very active by serving on the personnel committee, membership and association services committees. He is currently on the annual meeting and trade show committees.

Rossow and his wife Marcy have two sons and three grandchildren.