October is National Pork Month! America’s pork producers play a major role in feeding the world, and this month we honor their hard work and dedication to providing high quality products to consumers. Collectively, they generate 13% of the world’s pork supply, making the United States the world’s third largest producer and consumer of pork products.
To celebrate National Pork Month, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is inviting pork producers, processors and anyone interested in the U.S. pork supply chain to participate in a series of educational webinars about USDA’s Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program. The free webinars will take place on October 12, 19, and 26, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. For details and to register, visit the Fall 2021 Pork Industry Webinar Series webpage.
LMR began 20 years ago for hogs—and in 2013 for wholesale pork—to meet the industry’s need for expanded, publicly accessible, and easy to use data that enhances market transparency and aids in price discovery across the supply chain. With representatives and industry experts from USDA Market News, USDA Packers and Stockyards Division, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, CME Group, and the National Pork Producers Council, along with industry economists and pork producers, the upcoming webinars will introduce participants to the concepts and components of LMR, how to access LMR and other pork industry data available from USDA, and seeks to empower pork producers and other interested stakeholders to use these valuable resources to their fullest potential.
AMS also has user’s guides available for the LMR Hog Price Reports (PDF, 815 KB) and LMR Pork Reports (PDF, 349 KB), along with one for the Pork Carcass Cutout (PDF, 1.2 MB), to help support the industry’s understanding of the marketplace and the roles that producers, processors and USDA play in bringing high quality American pork to market.