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October Pork Month Fact Sheet brought to you by the National Pork Board


Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Pork Facts

Pork is the world’s most widely eaten meat.

•Pork – 37%

•Chicken – 34%

•Beef – 25%

•Lamb – 4%

Each market hog represents 371 servings of pork.

U.S. In-Home Pork Consumption by Type

•Ham – 31.1%

•Sausage – 19.8%

•Bacon – 18.1%

•Lunchmeat (excluding ham) – 10.3%

•Pork Chops – 10.2%

•Fresh Pork (excluding chops/ribs) – 9.2%

•All Other – 1.3%

Ham makes up more than a third of processed pork eatings.

Ham is number one in-home lunch sandwich. The second most popular lunch sandwich is peanut butter and jelly, followed by turkey.

In a two-week period, 81% of the population consumes pork at least once.

The majority of pork eatings involve processed pork (ham, bacon, sausage, etc.), with fresh pork (chops, ribs, roast) accounting for 21.5% of in-home pork eatings.

Top Pork Producers

Top 10 pork producing states by inventory – 2013

1. Iowa

2. Minnesota

3. North Carolina

4. Illinois

5. Missouri

6. Oklahoma

7. Indiana

8. Nebraska

9. South Dakota

10. Ohio

Top Ten Pig Counties in America – 2012

1. Sampson, NC

2. Duplin, NC

3. Texas, OK

4. Sioux, IA

5. Washington, IA

6. Martin, MN

7. Plymouth, IA

8. Lyon, IA

9. Hardin, IA

10. Beaver, UT

The U.S. is the 10th highest pork-consuming country in the world. Belarus holds the top spot.

Nutrition and Health

Pork tenderloin is just as lean as a skinless chicken breast. A 3-ounce serving of pork tenderloin has only 2.98 grams of total fat and 1.02 grams of saturated fat.

Porkbeinspired.com offers more than 1,700 pork recipes for consumers, along with information on all things pork.

Women who cut calories but included more protein, including six ounces of lean pork per day, kept more muscle mass while losing weight than women who consumed the same amount of calories but less protein. Consuming a higher-protein diet also helped r .....
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DASH eating plan taps lean pork as menu item

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Adults following the well-documented Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, eating plan also can include lean pork to help lower blood pressure. According to research funded by the Pork Checkoff, people with high blood pressure can benefi ..... 
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Pork Producers connect farm to fork during October Pork Month

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

October became known as Pork Month because it marked the time of year when hogs were traditionally marketed. Today, it serves as a celebration to thank pork producers and share their stories with consumers. “If you eat, you have a connection t ..... 
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PorkSquare offers virtual town square for youth interested in pork careers

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

PorkSquare is a virtual town square that links pork industry professionals to the next generation of promising young leaders. The website, located at www.porksquare.com harnesses the power of ..... 
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America’s love for pork continues to burn strong

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Results of a consumer tracking study released by the Pork Checkoff found that more American consumers are reporting an enduring love for pork. Key research findings show more U.S. consumers rate their enjoyment of pork higher than in previous studie ..... 
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Root River Veterinary Center has new owners

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

As of September 4, 2014, the Root River Veterinary Center in Preston, Minn. is under new ownership. Dr. LeAnne Froese and Dr. Deb Finnegan officially took over on September 4, although discussions about the two purchasing the business had been in ..... 
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ATV deaths on the farm

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Katherine Waters, University of Minnesota Extension Many Minnesota farmers use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to check on crops and livestock, inspect and repair irrigation systems and fence lines, supervise field crews, herd livestock, and to mo ..... 
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Blue Jackets Bright Futures Program Announced

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

As Minnesota FFA prepares to welcome thousands of young people into membership at the start of the school year, the Minnesota FFA Foundation will again offer the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program, which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota ..... 
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Whitewater WMA gets new manager

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

For only the third time in its 80-year history, one of Minnesota’s most popular public hunting grounds has a new manager. In August, veteran DNR staffer Don Nelson took over management of the 27,000-acre Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ..... 
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