FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Agriculture Department says the number of hogs is in North Dakota is at the lowest level since 1899.

The North Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service says the state had 143,000 hogs as of Dec. 1, down 12,000 from the previous year.

The agency says the decrease is due to a decline in breeding and market inventory hogs.

North Dakota had 120,000 hogs in 1899. The record number of hogs was set in 1943 at 1.1 million.

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