Pork is a $1 billion business for Missouri

Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn says the proclamation of October as Pork Month is an important reminder of why farmers do what they do.  Chinn – whose family raises hogs – says her delivery of Governor Eric Greitens’ proclamation is an opportunity to explain, for instance, why hogs are protected indoors during the heat of the summer.  Chinn says it’s because pigs don’t sweat.

“These are some of the stories that people just don’t understand,” Chinn told Brownfield Ag News Friday, at the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  “It’s really important for us as hog farmers, and at the Department of Agriculture, to help share the truth and share the story.”

Missouri Pork Executive Director Don Nikodim tells Brownfield economists cite pork production contributing $1 billion and 25,000 jobs to Missouri’s economy.

“There’s a lot of folks employed in the pig business,” Nikodim tells Brownfield, “and for the most part, those are very good paying jobs.”

Nikodim says the latest USDA report indicates Missouri surpassed Nebraska, as the sixth largest pork producing state.

AUDIO: Chris Chinn (2 min. )

AUDIO: Don Nikodim (2 min. MP3)

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