The South Dakota Pork Producers Council recognized Allan Crow with the Friends of the Industry Award during the recent Master Pork Producers Banquet.
The Friends of the Industry Award recognizes state individuals, leaders or businesses for their continued support of the pork industry.
Crow grew up on a ranch in northwest South Dakota. After graduating from high school, he went to work for the local grain elevator and quickly became the feed and animal health product manager for the company.
In 1989 he accepted a job as general manager of ZIP Feed Mills in Huron. During his tenure at ZIP Feed he became acquainted with the Hutterite colonies, selling them feed and setting them up with computerized record keeping systems.
In 1999 he started his own business, TriTech Inc, where his customers are primarily the Hutterite colonies. He assists them in implementing the latest technologies in swine nutrition, health and management programs to improve production, efficiency and capture opportunities such as added value markets for their hogs.
Crow married his high school sweetheart, Helen, 40 years ago and they have raised three children, Jeremy, Barry and Deborah and have 4 grandchildren. Helen Crow is the business manager at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School in Huron and if not at work, she can be found helping with church and school activities.
The Crows are strong supporters of different charities and foundations for families of fallen or wounded military personnel. For some of those charities, they provide pork products or pork certificates that support and promote the pork industry.
Crow is passionate about the pork business and encourages his customers and other producers to be active in supporting their industry by being involved in local projects and programs. Additionally, he sponsors groups of his customers each year to attend the National Pork Forum giving them an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the pork industry beyond the farm.