Alabama Farmers Federation at Work for Alabama Pork Producers
As a part of Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Pork Producers is represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs. The Department of Public Relations provides communications about important issues and notices through its monthly magazine, Neighbors and biweekly newsletter, Cultivator.
The Local Connection
County Farmers Federations, with the assistance of Area Organization Directors, provide support and a mechanism to address issues on the local level. Herein lies the strength of Alabama Pork Producers. Each county may establish its own Pork Committee. Needs and requests from producers in the county are the beginning of policy development and the direction of Alabama Pork Producers. You may contact your county Pork Chairman, or if none currently exists, the Area Organization Director in your region or your County President for more information.
Why Should I be a Member of Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Pork Producers?
The Alabama Farmers Federation brings farmers of all commodities together for a common cause. Together, we can accomplish more for everyone's benefit. The more pork producers actively participating in Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Pork Producers, the more effective the organization can be on issues affecting them. With membership in the Alabama Farmers Federation, come many benefits.
Did You Know?
- Alabama's top hog producing counties are DeKalb and Pickens.
- In 2010, Alabama produced 93,898 market hogs and 187,188 weaned pigs, with annual cash receipts of $18.6 million.
- Pork is the world's most widely consumed meat, accounting for about 40 percent of the world's meat consumption.
- In 2010, the United States' annual per capita pork consumption was 44.8 pounds.
- The United States is the world's largest exporter of pork. Our top global customers are Mexico, Japan, China and Canada.
- In 2011, 1 of every 4 hogs was exported. This amounts to nearly 5 billion pounds of pork at a value of $6.1 billion to the U.S. economy.
- The national pork industry creates more than 550,000 jobs.
- More than 67,000 pig farmers produce nearly 22 billion pounds of pork each year at a value of $34.5 billion to the gross national product.
- Over the last 50 years, the pork industry has reduced its usage of water by 41 percent; land by 78 percent; and its carbon footprint by 35 percent, calculated on a per-pound-carcass-weight basis.