Dale grew up on a Minnesota hog farm and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in animal science. he has been with National Hog Framer for 32 years, serving as editor for the past 11 years. Dale has traveled to most states and foreign countries, studying and reporting on pork production practices throughout the world. Dale’s writing and photography have won numerous awards including the 2003 Minnesota’s Magazines & Publications Association’s Gold Award for Best Regular Column. He also received the 2004 Honorary Master Pork Producer Award from the Iowa Pork Producers Association and was honored in 2003 with the Distinguished Service award from the National Swine Improvement Federation. Dale stays active in pork production by raising purebred Chester Whites, Yorkshires and F-1 gilts.