Newborn piglets suckle at Whiteshire Hamroc farm in Albion, Indiana March 16, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

Bacon Anyone?

After the worst drought in half a century hammered livestock producers like Hoelscher with record-high feed grain prices, there is renewed interest in raising pigs, an indication that the struggling hog industry is on the cusp of a recovery.

Farmer Dale Tuholski drives a four-wheeker through his cornfield next to a new pivot-irrigation system in Mill Creek, Indiana, June 11, 2012. When the weather doesnÕt cooperate, and the price of corn being what it is, you canÕt afford to go without rain,Ó said Tuholski, whose family installed seven new pivot-irrigation systems on their farm this year Ð and planHOLD FOR RELEASE-Farmer Dale Tuholski drives a four-wheeker through his cornfield next to a new pivot-irrigation system in Mill Creek, Indiana, June 11, 2012. When the weather doesnÕt cooperate, and the price of corn being what it is, you canÕt afford to go without rain,Ó said Tuholski, whose family installed seven new pivot-irrigation systems on their farm this year Ð and plan to purchase more. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES) to purchase more. REUTERS/John Gress

Irrigating Indiana

I can’t say that I have ever taken photos before while riding on a four wheeler. I also can’t say what possessed me to shoot this photo at arms length. But I can say that I’m surprised my knee isn’t in the photo!

Indiana and Chicago documentary photographer John Gress

Working Not So High On The Hog

I’ve never had to shower before a shoot, or elect to take one after, but my recent visit to a hog farm in northern Indiana was full of firsts. I was also asked to wear the farms clothes, shoes thankfully a Tyvek jumpsuit. All of which kept me clean and my car ride home pleasant… as you might imagine from the pics.