Minnesota State Fair Names Swine Barn After Robert Christensen


Source: Minnesota State Fair

via AgWeb - February 8, 2019


The Minnesota State Fair and State Fair Foundation honored an innovator and leader in the swine industry Tuesday by officially naming the fair’s swine barn the Robert A. Christensen Pavilion.


Recognizing the critical role that an improved and updated swine facility at the State Fair would play in advancing the swine industry, Minnesota’s own Christensen Farms recently made the lead gift to the State Fair Foundation’s Swine Barn Improvement Project to honor the legacy of the late Bob Christensen. Christensen, a visionary master of the swine industry, was an early adopter of technologies to improve biosecurity and herd health, contract production arrangements, and artificial insemination and genetic advancements. Praised for striving to make improvements throughout the entire pork production chain, he built one of the largest hog production companies in the U.S. and one of the largest family-owned hog production companies in the world.


“The State Fair’s historic swine barn has played a huge role in advancing the swine industry,” said Jerry Hammer, State Fair general manager. “Generations of 4-H, FFA and open class exhibitors have shown their very best while joining with industry leaders to educate millions of fair visitors. We are grateful for Christensen Farms’ continued partnership and dedication to the education and exhibition tradition at the swine barn.”


“We are extremely honored to have the opportunity to make the lead gift to the Swine Barn Improvement Project in tribute to the late Bob Christensen and the Christensen Family,” Glenn Stolt, Christensen Farms Chief Executive Officer commented. “The Swine Barn will be renamed the Robert A. Christensen Pavilion in the family’s honor, to help build upon the legacy for generations to come, and ultimately demonstrate and re-emphasize the importance of Minnesota agriculture and its role in producing safe, nutritional and affordable food...