North Carolina Pork Industry

North Carolina State University Swine Extension Research from 2001. The North Carolina Pork Industry is in the midst of major structural, financial and philosophical changes. Some of the key elements of these changes include the continued trend to larger and fewer pork operations. Globalization of the industry has increased the impact of worldwide production, consumption and economics on the U.S. pork market. Greater environmental scrutiny of agriculture continues with the evolution of environmental regulations for hog farms. The attitude of producers also continues to evolve from producers of hogs to producers of pork to producers of protein with a focus on pork quality and food safety. The Extension Swine Husbandry program at North Carolina State University works to provide knowledge and information to both the producer and the general public in the areas of nutrition, physiology, genetics, health, production management, nutrient management, youth programs and economics.