Missouri farm families produce more than 5 million hogs annually. Pork producers got a jump on this month's celebration as Missouri Director of Agriculture, Jon Hagler, joined the Missouri Pork Association to recognize farmers and farm families last week.
October is national Pork Month. During this month, Hagler asked all Missourians to thank those men and women for their commitment to Missouri agriculture.
"Agriculture is our state's number one industry because of the hard work and dedication of Missouri's farmers and farm families," said Don Nikodim, executive vice president of the MPA. "From implementing best practices and embracing new technology on the farm to serving as community and industry leaders, our producers are making a difference in Missouri and throughout the world."
Pork production a significant part of Missouri economy
Missouri's pork industry ranks 7th in overall production and 3rd in exports in the nation. The state's pork producers contribute almost $1 billion to the economy each year. Missouri pork production and related industries employs over 30,000 Missourians, according to the most recent agriculture census.
Hagler recognized the MPA board, youth ambassadors and staff for their leadership and for their member's strong commitment to Missouri's agriculture industry. He presented Bob North, MPA board chairman, with Governor Nixon's official proclamation designating October Pork Month in Missouri.
"Our support of research at both the state and national level has allowed Missouri producers to continue to raise more pork on a shrinking number of acres," said North, a pork producer from Lebanon. "Today's production practices allow Missouri hog farmers to be the most productive, efficient and environmentally friendly they've ever been and still produce high quality, affordable pork to feed the growing population."
Pork Month is celebrated nationwide and in Missouri throughout the month of October each year. To learn more, contact the Missouri Pork Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Missouri Pork Association