The vast majority of pork products produced in North Carolina stay right here in the United States. But there is a growing demand for American pork around the world. That is a testament to the quality and safety of the food we produce. It also reflects an increasing appetite for pork, which is the world’s most popular meat.

North Carolina accounts for about 10% of America’s pork exports. Each year, we export about $600 million worth of pork, including slabs of bacon, pork tenderloins, hams and more exotic pork products not commonly found on our menus here at home. Click below to keep reading…

The African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in China and in many other countries around the world is wreaking havoc on the international pork industry. Fortunately, ASF is not in the United States at this time, but the possibility of it or other foreign animal disease (FAD) means that American pig farmers must take the necessary steps to protect their farms and the domestic pork industry.

African swine fever is a viral disease impacting only pigs, not people — so it is not a public health threat nor a food-safety concern.

Pork is safe to eat. African swine fever is not in the United States. U.S. pigs are not affected by the African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in other countries, to date.

The USDA does not allow the importation of pigs or fresh pork products into the U.S. from areas or regions of the world that are reported positive for the ASF virus.


October 16, 2019

Invitation to a pig show turns into a business opportunity for Transylvania County girl

It was an invitation to a livestock show that turned the McNealys into a pig family. Watching her friend parade around a show ring with a pig, 9-year-old Ella McNealy was hooked, and she soon convinced her parents to let her start showing pigs. There was a definite learning curve for the Transylvania County family. […]

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March 10, 2020

Annual Conference

Plan now to join us for two days of educational meetings, national updates, networking and more at our annual meeting, conference and awards luncheon. Registration information coming soon.

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