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Jossiee, became a U.S. citizen soon after
joining Smithfield, and had two kids,
Katiana, 21, and Andres, 15. The couple has since parted ways but Vazquez
remains close to his children.

HELPING TO FEED THE WORLD
"I can say I look forward to waking every
morning and going to work," he said, 23
years after coming to this country. "I am
fortunate where my job is very diversified.
I have six farms under me, I have really
good people, so that makes it easier."

In addition to hogs, he has cows and
an irrigation program. His international
background is valuable in the pork
industry.
"Most businesses today, they are growing globally," Vazquez said. "It's not just
a local product. About 25 percent, even
more, of the pork produced in the U.S.
gets exported to markets like Mexico,
Japan, China, Europe."
And it isn't expected to slack up.
"You know the population by 2025
is going to grow to almost nine billion

people, so there will be more demand for
food all over the world," he said.
After all of his journeys to get to where
he is, every day is still an adventure.
"I have enjoyed life here," he said. "We
do work hard, but I enjoy it. I just try
to surround myself with good people.
That makes my job easier. With years of
experience, you just kind of know how
to tackle perils that come into play every
now and then."
He lives in Hampstead, which is centrally located to all the farms.
Last fall tested his skills when Hurricane
Matthew hit the state in October.
"That brought a lot of flooding mainly,"
Vazquez said. "It brought anywhere from
10 to 24 inches in each region. That
brought a lot of massive flooding damage."
Getting to the hogs was tough.
"It was mainly the roads," he said.
"A normal commute for our staff was
20 minutes; it came to take an hour, and
later on, it took two hours, but luckily we
have great staff who were responsible and
got the job done. That lasted about 10 days,
and then everything went back to normal."

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Obviously the red, blue and yellow flag
of Ecuador will always be special, but
Vazquez feels like he's home now and
loves the red, white and blue.
North Carolina people especially
mean a great deal.
"They have been very welcoming,"
he
said of the Tar Heel State and pork
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industry. "I honestly haven't felt any
grudges or anything like that. I think
they recognize people who work hard. I
feel very welcomed."
So the future?
"You call me up in 10 years, I will be
doing the same thing unless something
happens to me," he said.
His father, the Ecuadorian attorney,
even visits the farm and loves it.
"My dad loves seeing the pigs and seeing the field and the cows," Vazquez said.
His mother, Marcia, comes along gleefully.
Jose Luis, an older brother, lives in
New Jersey and was first to move to the
U.S. He manages a group of pharmacies.
As for those 2,500 miles and years of
investment by Vazquez?
"I am," Vazquez said, "living the
American Dream."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Summer 2017

Letter From the President
Industry News
Legislative Update
Living the “barbecue Life”
Fulfilling the American Dream
A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Intro
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover1
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover2
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 3
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 4
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 5
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Letter From the President
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 7
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Industry News
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 9
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 10
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 11
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Legislative Update
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 13
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 14
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 15
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Living the “barbecue Life”
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 17
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 18
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 19
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 20
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 21
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Fulfilling the American Dream
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 23
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 24
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 25
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 26
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 28
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 30
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover3
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