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Iowa: the pork leader

Bill Tentinger
Plymouth County Farm Bureau member Bill Tentinger raises pigs near Le Mars. Pork production in Plymouth County, and all over Iowa, contributes $7.6 billion to the state's economy, a new study shows. PHOTO BY GARY FANDEL
Not only do Iowa farmers raise the world's best pork, they support the state's economy.
Iowa’s pork production sector continues to be a vital part of the state’s ag economy, so much so that it now ranks only behind corn production as Iowa’s most valuable commodity.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Iowa pork production was valued at $7.6 billion in 2018,...



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