- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The latest report on the status of the Iowa hog industry shows the state with 21 million hogs on Iowa farms as of June 1.

That’s the second highest number ever since records began in 1870. The highest figure was December 2014 when the state had 21.3 million hogs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released the report Friday, says the latest figure is a 10 percent increase over the inventory of a year ago.

Iowa is the nation’s leading pork producer by far. The figures show Minnesota is second with just over 8 million hogs and North Carolina is right at 8 million. Illinois had 4.6 million, Nebraska 3.2 million and Missouri 2.9 million.

The national inventory is 66.9 million head.

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