Economic Data
Broiler Companies
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Egg Companies
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Turkey Companies
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U.S. Egg per Capita Consumption (Total egg production divided by total population)
Source: American Egg Board

U.S. per Capita Food Consumption - Chicken (Individual) Boneless, trimmed (edible) weight, pounds per capita per year. All poultry and livestock products are on a retail weight basis.
Source: USDA

U.S. per Capita Food Consumption - Turkey (In kilograms per capita. All poultry and livestock products are on a retail weight basis.)
Source: USDA


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Broiler Exports (billions of pounds)
Source: USDA/Economic Research Service

Top 5 Export Markets for U.S. Turkey Meat, 2019 (tons)
Source: USDA/Economic Research Service

Top 5 Export Markets for U.S. Chicken Meat, 2019 (1,000 pounds)
Source: USDA/Economic Research Service


Young Meat Chickens Slaughtered in 2019


State Number Total Live Weight Average Weight
Alabama 1,137,655 6,285,479 5.5
Arkansas 1,013,076 6,831,027 6.7
California 275,323 1,594,646 6.2
Delaware 392,012 2,828,459 7.2
Georgia 1,290,651 7,855,952 6.1
Indiana 74,560 338,057 4.5
Iowa 18,274 99,675 5.5
Kentucky 287,423 1,840,830 6.4
Louisiana 195,357 1,232,448 6.3
Maryland 134,022 833,928 6.2
Mississippi 729,365 4,589,067 6.3
Missouri 445,107 2,237,230 5.0
New Jersey 1,507 7,168 4.8
New York 27,899 136,979 4.9
North Carolina 883,744 7,146,388 8.1
Oklahoma 144,023 1,028,386 7.1
Pennsylvania 121,163 680,550 5.6
South Carolina 294,272 2,216,532 7.5
Tennessee 307,417 1,645,990 5.4
Texas 685,458 4,483,384 6.5
Virginia 322,600 1,994,977 6.2
United States 9,224,243 58,286,994 6.32

Source: USDA NASS, Poultry Slaughter 2019 Summary

Poultry Production and Value 2019 Summary

The combined value of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys and the value of sales from chickens in 2019 was $40.4 billion, down 13% from $46.2 billion in 2018. Of the combined total, 70% was from broilers, 19% from eggs, 11% from turkeys and less than 1% from chickens.

The value of broilers produced during 2019 was $28.3 billion, down 11% from 2018. The total number of broilers produced in 2019 was 9.18 billion, up 2% from 2018. The total amount of live weight broilers produced in 2019 was 58.3 billion pounds, up 3% from 2018.

The value of turkeys produced during 2019 was $4.30 billion, up 14% from the $3.79 billion the previous year. The total number of turkeys raised in 2019 was 229 million, down 4% from 2018. Turkey production in 2019 totaled 7.43 billion pounds, up slightly from the 7.42 billion pounds produced in 2018.

The value of sales from chickens (excluding broilers) in 2019 was $37.6 million, down 24% from $49.4 million a year ago. The number of chickens sold in 2019 totaled 187 million, down 2 from the total sold during the previous year.

Value of all egg production in 2019 was $7.70 billion, down 28% from $10.7 billion in 2018. Egg production totaled 113 billion eggs, up 3% from 110 billion eggs produced in 2018.

Source: USDA/NASS Poultry Production and Value 2019 Summary

Source: USDA - NASS

Industry at a Glance
2017 Census of Agriculture

Organic Poultry

According to the latest Census of Agriculture (2017), U.S. farms and ranches sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities in 2016, up 23% from $6.2 billion the year before. Of 2016 sales, 56% was for crops ($4.2 billion), 44% for livestock, poultry and related products ($3.4 billion). Certified organic farms and land increased as well. The top five commodities were:

Commodity $ million
Milk 1,386
Eggs 816
Broiler chickens 750
Apples 327
Lettuce 277

Milk and eggs were the top two certified commodities sold. Milk, valued at $1.4 billion, was up 18% from 2015, and eggs, at $816 million, increased 11%. Broiler chickens ranked third, with sales of $750 million. Among crops, the top selling commodities were apples, lettuce and strawberries.

Source: USDA NASS 2016 Certified Organic Survey


Top 10 Egg Producing Companies (As of 2019)
Layers Housed (millions)
Source: Egg Industry Magazine, 2019

Top 10 Egg Producing States (As of 2019)
(Ranked by number of layers represented in thousands)
Source: American Egg Board

Production: Broilers - Total: 738.52
Ready to cook pounds, millions
Source: Watt PoultryUSA March 2019

Production: Turkeys (2019)
Source: USDA/NASS May 2019


Top Turkey Processors 2019
Live weight processed (in millions of pounds)
Source: March 2019 WattPoultry USA

Sources of Economic Information for Various States

Alabama Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service
Arkansas Arkansas Agricultural Statistics Service
Delaware Delaware Agricultural Statistics Service
Florida Florida Agricultural Statistics Service
Georgia Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service
Indiana Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service
Kentucky Kentucky Agricultural Statistics Service
Louisiana Louisiana Agricultural Statistics Service
Maryland Maryland Agricultural Statistics Service
Mississippi Mississippi Agricultural Statistics Service
Missouri Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service
Nebraska Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service
North Carolina North Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service
Ohio Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service
Oklahoma Oklahoma Agricultural Statistics Service
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Agricultural Statistics Service
South Carolina South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service
Tennessee Tennessee Agricultural Statistics Service
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Texas Texas Agricultural Statistics Service
Virginia Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service
West Virginia West Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service
Miscellaneous National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, American Egg Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service

Broiler Hatchery

Turkey Hatchery

Cold Storage

Chickens and Eggs

Poultry Slaughter

Feed Outlook

Oilseed Outlook

Dairy, Livestock and Poultry Outlook


Companies involved in the production and processing of poultry provide 1,814,200 jobs that pay $100.2 billion in wages to families throughout the country, generate over $469.6 billion in annual economic impact, and about $32.9 billion in taxes. The poultry industry in the United States employs as many as 374,063 people across the country and generates an additional 1,440,180 jobs in supplier and ancillary industries. These include jobs in companies supplying goods and services to the industry. These are good jobs paying an average of $55,200 in wages and benefits. And today, every job is important. In fact, in the United States the unemployment rate has reached 5.47 percent. This means that there are 8.6 million people trying to find jobs across the country.

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