Pork is a vital part of North Carolina’s and America’s history, economy and everyday life. Behind this longstanding agricultural industry are the farmers, processors and allied industries that all work together to produce the highest quality, safest and most affordable supply of pork and pork products in the world.
The pork industry is the most highly regulated industry in all of agriculture. As responsible pork producers, they welcome inspections by the state every year to ensure compliance with strict environmental regulations. Farms are constantly improving operations, working closely with regulators, environmental organizations and scientists to improve these environmental management systems.
In fact, farms owned by Smithfield and Murphy-Brown have been independently audited and certified as meeting all of the requirements set forth by the International Organization for Standards (ISO) for Environmental Management Systems.
State Economic Impact
The pork industry in North Carolina employs more than 46,000 people throughout the pork production, processing and distribution chain.
Pork production in North Carolina has a total economic impact estimated at $9 billion, directly contributing over $2.5 billion to the North Carolina state economy. The industry generates millions of dollars in tax revenue towards local schools and infrastructure in addition to spurring construction, banking, restaurants, real estate, automobile dealers, machinery and other areas of the economy.
North Carolina is one of the nation’s leading pork producing states. The pork industry in North Carolina ranks second in pork production in the nation, coming in just behind Iowa. Current inventory of 8.9 million hogs in NC or slightly less than 14% of the total inventory of the entire country.