Alayne Johnson, Indiana

Biography

Alayne Johnson is a part-owner of Shady Grove Farms, a fourth-generation family business operated by her husband and five of his family members. The family has been raising hogs in northeastern Indiana since 1940, and now runs a 1,000-sow, farrow-to-finish hog and integrated crop operation. They market around 25,000 hogs each year and grow approximately 5,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. She has been involved in Pork Leadership Institute and currently serves as county president for the Indiana Farm Bureau, as well as being a member of Indiana Farm Bureau’s resolutions committee for 2022. She is also active in her local church.

Nominating Committee Comments

Industry Knowledge

Alayne Johnson is involved on her family farm. She has participated in the industry’s Pork Leadership Institute program, which is jointly funded by National Pork Producers Council and National Pork Board. This comprehensive, year-long program consists of five learning sessions designed to develop future leaders and spokespeople for the pork industry.

We Care®

Through her strong personal advocacy for her farm, Johnson shares with local authorities how her farm meets each of the We Care® Ethical Principles, while addressing the true concerns facing her family and the industry. In addition, she takes the “People” principle to heart as the farm hires and trains local community members.

Leadership

When Johnson sees a problem, she wants to solve it and gain stakeholder trust. She monitors local government regulations and nourishes relationships to maintain a positive image. She educated local leaders on data-driven agriculture practices to assist in redrafting local zoning laws.

Communication

Her advocacy approach with community members and county commissioners emphasizes the environmental stewardship practices on her farm, including utilizing variable rate technology to maximize the use of nutrients. She converses genuinely and respectfully with consumers.

Attitude, Passion and Commitment

Doing what’s right for continuity of business and building consumer trust is her driving motivation. She knows there are tools available for producers, and she wants to maintain those resources for future generations.

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