Pork Facts

The United States pork industry represents a significant value-added activity in the agricultural economy and a major contributor to the overall United States economy. Nationwide, more than 67,000 pork producers marketed more than 112 million hogs in 2013, and those animals provided total gross receipts of $23.4 billion. Although the hog industry in the United States has undergone rapid structural changes in recent years, total hog numbers have increased from a decade ago.

About 547,800 U.S. jobs are involved in various aspects of the pork industry, ranging from input suppliers to producers to processors and handlers as well as Main Street businesses that benefit from purchases by people in those industries. Overall, an estimated $22.3 billion of personal income and $39 billion of gross national product are supported by the hog industry.

The estimated $23.4 billion of gross output, or sales, from pork production activity is linked directly to the states’ hog slaughtering and processing sectors. The total sales from the pork production and processing sectors support additional input purchases, spending on transportation and other services, as well as consumer-related purchases worth nearly $122 billion of direct and indirect sales throughout the U.S. economy.

Exports add significantly to the bottom line of each U.S. pork producer. U.S. exports of pork and pork products totaled 2.2 million metric tons in 2014, representing more than 26 percent of U.S. production, and those exports add more than $62 to the value of each hog marketed. Exports supported about 110,000 jobs in the U.S. pork and allied industries.

The U.S. pork industry today provides 23 billion pounds of safe, wholesome and nutritious meat protein to consumers worldwide.

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2014 Top 10 Destinations for U.S. Pork

Partner Country

                USD ($000)

Quantity (Metric Tons)

Japan

1,932,380 468,719

Mexico

1,557,750

680,842

Canada

904,677

207,363

China/Hong Kong

775,412

337,305

South Korea

444,560

135,395

Australia

181,620

50,101

Russia

137,391

36,207

Colombia

134,107

47,442

Philippines

103,650

38,876

Singapore 

80,037

 29,971

World

6,674,431

2,178,484

 

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*Updated information from the 2012 U.S. Census of Ag will be provided in 2013.