Area siblings honored for service to pork industry

COLUMBUS – This year’s Ohio Pork Industry Excellence award winners are no strangers to the pork industry. In fact, they’ve had hogs on the family farm for a little more than 105 years.

Blanche and Roger Lange of Green Springs were recognized Feb. 13 at the 2013 Ohio Pork Producers Council Awards Luncheon at the Ohio Pork Congress in Columbus.

“We are lucky to have such good, hard-working people willing to help promote the pork industry” said Dick Isler, Ohio Pork Producers Council executive vice president. “Roger and Blanche are always willing to help out when they can, and have been doing so for years. We are pleased to recognize Blanche and Roger Lange as this year’s Pork Industry Excellence award winners for their willingness to help promote and grow the pork industry.”

The Lange family began raising hogs in 1908 and had an active purebred Poland China herd in the mid-1930s. Now, the brother and sister team runs a small herd of commercial sows on their farrow-to-finish operation in Seneca County. They also have a row crop operation, raising corn, soybeans and wheat.

In addition, the Langes rarely turn down an opportunity to promote agriculture, specifically the pork industry, at the local, state and national levels.

Each year, Blanche gives a presentation on raising pigs during Ag in the Classroom in Seneca County.

The siblings have been recognized locally as Honorary Chapter Farmers by the Old Fort FFA Chapter for their commitment to agriculture and youth in the area, judging 4-H and open class fair projects, serving on the Junior Fair Swine Committee and contributing

to the Seneca County Junior Fair Foundation.