The outlook for the pork industry is gloomy. The World Pork Expo took place this past week and the unprecedented stress on the industry was highlighted. The president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) said that there will be contraction in the industry over the next six months and that many producers will be forced out of business by their lenders. The CEO of the NPPC said that at the end of March, producers had on average, 40% equity in their operations. Following the H1N1 outbreak, it was estimated that number had dropped to the range of 32% to 35% equity, on average.