IL Pork Facts

Illinois Pork Industry Facts

Compiled by the Illinois Pork Producers Association 

Where does Illinois rank in pork production in the U.S.?

Fourth. In 2011, Illinois produced 1.9 billion pounds of pork, fourth in the U.S. behind Iowa, North Carolina, & Minnesota.

How many pigs are in Illinois?

11 million pigs were finished in Illinois according to the USDA/NASS 2017 Pig Crop Report. 

What’s the number one county in Illinois in pork production?

Clinton County. With more than 230,000 head of hogs.

How many hog farms are there in Illinois?

2,000. Keep in mind that USDA considers anyone that raises 1 or more pigs to be a hog farm. Pork producers on average are getting larger and more specialized (may only raise feeder pigs or may only raise market hogs) to remain competitive in the ever-changing pork industry.

How much does the pork industry contribute to our state’s economy?

$1.8 billion. The pork industry is a vital part of our local and state economies contributing more than $1.8 billion annually to the state’s economy in addition to generating more than $170 million in taxes.

How many jobs are related to the pork industry in Illinois?

10,533. The pork industry includes not only pork production, but also input suppliers such as feed and equipment, transportation, and processing.

How many bushels of corn do market hogs consume in a year?

165.5 million bushels of corn.

How many bushels of soybeans do market hogs consume in a year?

34 million bushels of soybeans.


Sources: Illinois Agricultural Statistics Service – 2012 Annual Summary; USDA Hogs & Pigs Report; “The Economic Impact of Illinois’ Livestock Industry” - June 2011 report, USDA/NASS 2017 Pig Crop Report.