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 68,000 pork producers marketed more than 115 million hogs in 2015, and those animals provided total gross receipts averaged over $23 billion over the past three years. 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. Over the past five years, U.S. pork exports have averaged more than $6 billion in value and have added between $48 and $63 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 25 billion pounds of safe, wholesome and nutritious meat protein to consumers worldwide.

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2015 Top 10 Destinations for U.S. Pork

Partner Country

                USD ($000)

Quantity (Metric Tons)

Japan

1,586,376 406,187

Mexico

1,266,644

718,818

Canada

778,818

200,990

China/Hong Kong

700,398

339,055

South Korea

470,172

167,525

Australia

171,946

57,763

Colombia

101,733

41,389

Philipines

79,460

35,637

Dominican Republic

53,144

23,265

Honduras

43,815

21,270

World

5,575,171

2,132,143

 

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