Amy Cronin and her husband Mike were both raised on dairy farms but became hog farmers after they married. Thanks to a lot of hard work, the farm has grown and expanded, with farms in both Ontario and Iowa. Cronin credits the success of their operation, both here and in the USA, to a good team of employees.
“We have incredible people. Good people are our greatest asset after family,” says Cronin.
The Cronins have a set of core values which are posted in all of their barns. One of their values is to further their education. While neither of them chose to attend college or university after high school, they’re now working hard to further their education. It’s a challenge balancing this with responsibilities related to running the farms, being involved in the industry, and raising their family of six children which also includes Alyssa , 14; Tyler, 13; Kyle , 11; Liam, 8 and Sam, 4.
Cronin graduated from the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program in 2009, and both she and Mike graduated from the Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management Program out of the George Morris Centre in 2011. Mike is now enrolled in the Executive Pork Producer program of University of Illinois, which has him in school two days every two months. Cronin continues to take courses that will contribute to her business and leadership within her industry.
Cronin is active in the agricultural industry and in the community. She is the vice chair of Ontario Pork, the organization that represents Ontario’s 2800 hog farmers. She is also a director on many other farm organizations and has other roles in the industry.