Soybean farmers join in Porktober celebration
In 2019, 115 million bushels of soybeans, or about 23% of all Iowa soybean acres, went to pig consumption.
Source: Iowa Soybean Association
via National Hog Farmer - Oct 13, 2020
Every successful business relies on dedicated customers. For Iowa soybean farmers, the state's 24 million pigs are critical to their livelihood, a synergy celebrated and highlighted during October Pork Month.
"As soybean farmers, we know how vital consistent demand is right here at home," says Iowa Soybean Association President Jeff Jorgenson, a soybean farmer from Sidney. "When trade uncertainties impact our ability to sell overseas, Iowa's hogs remain a tried and true market for soybeans."
Iowa ranks first in the nation in pork production with over 5,400 hog farms. The industry also supports more than 147,000 jobs, or nearly 10% of the state's workforce, generating nearly $12 billion in economic activity.
Iowa's hog herd generates quite the appetite for homegrown soybeans. In 2019, 115 million bushels of soybeans, or about 23% of all Iowa soybean acres, went to pig consumption.
"There's no question about it, pork and soybeans have a very symbiotic relationship," says Schyler Bardole, a soybean farmer who raises hogs near Rippey. "Soybean meal is excellent, high-quality protein for pigs, and they need a lot of it."
In addition to generating market demand for his soybeans, Bardole says raising pigs provides...