Terry and Sylvia Wolters
Sylvia was raised on a sheep and hay ranch in western Washington state and began her years of service in ag transparency while in 4-H. Terry raised show pigs and was very active in FFA. Sylvia and Terry graduated from Washington State University with degrees in animal science, moved to the Midwest and began their new careers in agriculture. They’ve been in the pig industry since 1985, with PIC and now Pipestone. The Wolters’ children were born in South Dakota, where Terry managed a multiplier system and Sylvia owned a grocery store and café and assisted on the pig farm where they lived.
In 1997, when Pipestone offered the Wolters an opportunity for ownership and growth, they moved to Pipestone County. They purchased a farm with a quarter of land, worked their day jobs, share-cropped their tillable acres, pastured 4-H livestock projects, and started purchasing shares in isowean sow farms. Soon after, the Wolters purchased their own wean-to-finish barn and have been heavily involved in production and promotion of pork ever since.
Terry and Sylvia are empty nesters, but still run their operation with help from renters. Pipestone manages their pig barns; the Wolters maintain their family farm and are employed full time by Pipestone.
The Wolters’s daughter, Bailey and her husband live in Brookings, SD. Bailey was very active in 4-H growing up. Son Blake is a wrestler at South Dakota State and is completing his degree in ag engineering. Blake was involved in 4-H and FFA.
Terry and Sylvia are very involved in their local community and the swine industry, they have served on countless boards and committees. Terry is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council. The Wolters grill over 10,000 pounds of pork annually for local events. They work tirelessly promoting pork and advocating for farmers, believing transparency -- bringing the farmer to consumer conversations -- is vitally important.