Everett and Ruby Forkner were married on August 31, 1958, and are the parents of three sons: Mike, Doug and Steve Forkner; and one daughter, Cindy (Forkner) Beisley. They have ten grandchildren.
The Forkner Farms operation is a family business with two sons and one son-in-law involved in the business. Forkner Farms consists of a grain farming base of 1,700 acres, a swine breeding business operating as TRULINE® Genetics as well as a premium pork production and marketing business know as Truline Premium Pork™.
TRULINE® Genetics consists of a nucleus herd of pure line Durocs, Hamshires, Landrace and Large Whites. A network of affiliated producers has been developed to produce an annual volume of 10,000 Truline/White plus gilts and 1,500 boars that they offer for sale nationwide. Everett and Ruby have traveled internationally on several occasions promoting the swine industry and the state of Missouri while making numerous sales and expanding their own genetic base with purchases.
Truline Premium Pork™ is a coordinated production and marketing program of premium pork produced by a network of certified independent producers.
Everett Forkner is a 1961 University of Missouri-Columbia graduate in Animal Sciences. While a student, he was active on campus (Farm House Fraternity, Deans List, ODK, Livestock Judging Team and Block & Bridle).
He is a family farmer - the 21st Century-type - who is nationally and internationally known for excellent seedstock. His swine company, TRULINE® Genetics, and his marketing company Truline Premium Pork™, are both innovative and forward-looking. Through partnership (contract) arrangements with other swine producers, Everett is creating opportunities and success for them as well.
He has received all the major awards and honors that the state and national swine industry bestow. He has also received the Citation of Merit from the Ag Alumni Association, Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Missouri, and has been honored by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the American Royal.
Everett is recognized as the most aggressive international marketer of Missouri livestock. He has sold TRULINE® Genetics swine stock to 48 states and 25 foreign countries and is regularly asked to join trade missions to other countries. He participates in two to three each year.
The Forkner family has hosted numerous international visitors, plus many livestock representatives, extensions and university student tour groups. Everett is an avid supporter of "youth in agriculture" having provided hundreds of livestock judging workouts at their farms, livestock judging classes at the American Royal (for 20 consecutive years), other Midwest livestock judging events, and for 4-H, FFA and college students over the past 40 years. He has touched the lives of thousands of young people.
Everett Forkner has been a strong ambassador of the University of Missouri, the State of Missouri and American Agriculture at home and around the world.
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