A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the poultry and egg industry directly and indirectly provides 488,808 jobs, $28.02 billion in wages, $433 billion in economic activity and $30.72 billion in government revenue.

Arkansas

Poultry is the leading agricultural industry in Arkansas, providing over 163,000 jobs in the state. Over 5,800 farms in Arkansas proudce some type of poultry. Northwest Arkansas, particularly Washington and Benton counties, produces the most poultry in Arkansas. In 2018 the poultry industry in Arkansas provided $4.9 billion (53.8%) of the total agriculture cash receipts. Of the poultry cash receipts, broilers were the largest contributer, providing 44.6% of the state's total agricultural cash receipts. 

2018 USDA Arkansas Poultry Highlights (coming soon)

Arkansas Statistics

Ranks 2nd in the nation in the value of broiler production.

  • Number of broilers raised: 1.09 billion
  • Pounds Produced: 7.32 billion
  • Value of Production: $4.09 billion
  • The broiler industry creates and supports 138,021 jobs in the state.
  • In 2018, the industry was responsible for as much as $30.92 billion in total economic activity throughout the state.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $48,300 in wages and benefits.

Ranks 3rd in the nation for turkey production.

  • Number of turkeys raised: 31.5 million
  • Pounds Produced: 595 million
  • Value of Production: $303.6 million
  • The turkey industry creates and supports 19,859 jobs in the state.
  • In 2018, the industry was responsible for as much as $4.60 billion in total economic activity throughout the state.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $46,400 in wages and benefits.

Ranks 7th in the nation for egg production value.

  • Number of eggs produced: 3.5 billion
  • Value of Production: $528 million
  • The egg industry creates and supports 5,330 jobs in the state.
  • In 2018, the industry was responsible for as much as $1.22 billion in total economic activity throughout the state.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $47,700 in wages and benefits.

Over 6,500 farms in Arkansas produce some type of poultry

  • Benton County is the number one poultry producing county.
  • Other top producing counties in rank order: Washington, Madison, Carroll, Yell, Hempstead, Howard, Sevier and Logan.

Missouri

Missouri agriculture continues to be a great strength to the state’s economy. Nearly 100,000 farms located on more than 28 million acres employ a quarter million Missourians. Poultry is one of Missouri’s top commodities totaling $1.4 billion. Of the poultry cash receipts, broilers were the largest contributor providing $776 million to the state’s total agricultural cash receipts.

2018 USDA MIssouri Poultry Highlights

Missouri Statistics

Ranks 8th in the nation in the value of broiler production.


  • Number of broilers raised: 293 million
  • Pounds Produced: 1.5 billion
  • Value of Production: $819 million
  • The broiler industry creates and supports 38,008 jobs in the state.
  • In 2018, the industry was responsible for as much as $9.43 billion in total economic activity throughout the state.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $47,800 in wages and benefits.


Ranks 4th in the nation for turkey production.


  • Number of turkeys raised: 19 million
  • Pounds Produced: 640 million
  • Value of Production: $326 million
  • The turkey industry creates and supports 20,060 jobs in the state.
  • In 2018, the industry was responsible for as much as $4.68 billion in total economic activity throughout the state.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $47,200 in wages and benefits.

Ranks 11th in the nation for egg production value.


  • Number of eggs produced: 3.5 billion
  • Value of Production: $297 million
  • The egg industry creates and supports 2,601 jobs in the state.
  • In 2018, the industry was responsible for as much as $670.51 million in total economic activity throughout the state.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $43,800 in wages and benefits.

Poultry is the fifth most valuable livestock 
commodity in Missouri.


  • Cash receipts for all poultry combined totaled $1.4 billion
  • Of the poultry cash receipts, broilers were the largest 
contributor, providing $776 million to the state’s total 
agricultural cash receipts.

Oklahoma

Since the early nineteenth century, domesticated chickens and turkeys have been a mainstay in Oklahoma. Poultry production, consisting of broilers and egg-laying flocks, is located primarily in the eastern third of the state.

More than 196.8 million broiler chickens were produced on Oklahoma farms in 2018, generating $737 million of value. The poultry industry has significantly boosted the agriculture economy in eastern Oklahoma.

2018 USDA Oklahoma Poultry Highlights

Oklahoma Statistics

Ranks 13th in the nation in the value of broiler production.

  • Number of broilers raised: 196.8 million
  • Pounds Produced: 1.3 billion
  • Value of Production: $737 million
  • The broiler industry creates and supports 25,468 jobs in the state.
  • In 2018, the industry was responsible for as much as $5.95 billion in total economic activity throughout the state.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $53,600 in wages and benefits.

Ranks as one of the top states in the nation for egg production.

  • Number of eggs produced: 697 million
  • Value of Production: $92 million
  • The egg industry creates and supports 710 jobs in the state.
  • In 2018, the industry was responsible for as much as $190.01 million in total economic activity throughout the state.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $54,400 in wages and benefits.

Oklahoma agriculture continues to be a great strength to the state’s economy.

  • Over 78,000 farms devoted to agriculture occupy more than 34 million acres within the state.
  • Approximately 13.5% of them are dedicated to raising some type of poultry.

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