After leaving his home state of Indiana, Joe graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, with a bachelors degree in journalism. The Senior Editor on National Hog Farmer, Joe has been on staff since 1977. He specializes in animal health issues, federal regulations, environmental concerns and food safety. Joe has won several writing awards from the Livestock Publications Council. In 2002 he earned the Master Writer Program Award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association.