Celebrating Iowa Pork Producers during National Pork Month

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While employing more than 40,000 people and producing billions of dollars in revenue, pork production continues to be one of the biggest economic drivers in Iowa. But just how big of an impact do all of these hog farms make when it comes to stimulating the state’s economy and feeding people across the country?

In honor of National Pork Month, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge how much pork producers do for us here in the Hawkeye State.

Farming is an industry that depends on itself to ensure success. And in the pork production industry, the farmers that raise the hogs depend on crop farmers to provide them the grain to feed the hogs. In turn, the crop farmers need fertilizer from the pigs to be used in the fields to help the crops grow. According to the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), a single hog will consume up to 10 bushels of grain from its birth until it hits a market weight of 275 pounds. On the flip side, it takes manure from 10 hogs to fertilize one acre of the more than 30 million acres of farmland in Iowa fields.

There are more than 6,000 hog operations in Iowa that employ nearly 40,300 people in day-to-day production. All those people work to make Iowa the top pork producer in the United States, and about one-third of the nation’s market hogs are raised in Iowa. The National Pork Board, comprised of members from across the country, is headquartered in Des Moines.

Last year, pork producers represented $7.5 billion in total economic activity for the state, as reported by the IPPA. So when you see a farmer, whether it’s a crop farmer, a hog farmer or any other kind of farmer, be sure to thank them for all that they do in contributing to Iowa’s economic success every year. 

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