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Ruby Rader, a deaf woman, raised hogs on a ranch
in Trenton, Tennessee, a town of 4,000 people during
the seventies and eighties. Her dream was made possible
by a sizable loan from the Farmers Home Administration.
This agency originally turned her down, thinking a
deaf woman could not do the job. Ruby would not give
up and was able to get the loan. Growing up she
attended Tennessee School for the Deaf and then
“won” the Miss Trenton Pageant, only to “lose” it
when the town officials felt a deaf woman should not
compete in such pageants! She was praised by her
peers as one of the best hog farmers around, always
thinking of ways to breed the best hogs around.