The population of hogs and pigs in Iowa has reached the highest number ever.
The United States Department of Agriculture said in its quarterly report released Friday that the September 1st inventory of hogs and pigs in the state shows 21.2 million animals, up two percent from a year ago.
Iowa is by far the nation's leading hog producer with nearly a third of the nation's 68.4 million animals. A distant second is North Carolina with about 9.5 million hogs. Minnesota is third with 7.6 million followed by Illinois with 4.7 million and Nebraska with 3.1 million.