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Find Pork Answers Fast with Quick Facts...

What’s the No. 1 pig-producing county in the nation? Want to know about the leading pork item on restaurant menus? Ever wondered about the carbon footprint of the U.S.pork industry?

You can find answers to these and many other pork questions in new Quick Facts: The Pork Industry at a Glance book. This user-friendly, 118-page guide offers accurate, informative updates on everything from how pigs are raised today through the We Care initiative to a breakdown of the industry’s latest pork stats. 

“The story of pork production in Americaoffers a unique and fascinating look at how modern livestock production has evolved,” says Chris Novak, CEO of the National Pork Board. “While the economies of scale are unlike those of past decades, the commitment of today’s pork producers remains unchanged—to provide their communities and the world with safe, wholesome and sustainable sources of high-quality pork.”

The Quick Facts book has been a year-long project, and the result includes a printed version of Quick Facts and an online version that includes a new, searchable format. The online version at pork.org also includes the “Tell a Friend” option, which allows you to send a link to the Quick Facts book to the recipients of your choice.  

Quick Facts offers a wealth of current information, including:

  • The history of pork
  • Pork production today
  • The environment (including manure and nutrient management, water quality and odor management)
  • Pork safety
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Statistics on the number of U.S.hog operations, market share, exports, Canadian statistics and more.

Because of printing costs, Quick Facts is printed in hard copy only once every three years to maximize the investment of Checkoff dollars. However, the latest Quick Facts version is always available online at pork.org. This year, the popular Quick Facts books are being distributed to National Pork Board members, Pork Forum delegates, state pork organizations, Operation Main Streetspeakers, university Extension educators and the media. 

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Quick Facts: The Pork Industry at a Glance