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

A staple of the state’s economy, the Arkansas poultry industry first emerged in the 1890s. A century later, Tyson Foods, based in Springdale (Washington County), had become one of the largest agribusiness firms in the United States. Northwest Arkansas, particularly Washington and Benton counties, produces the most poultry in Arkansas.

Poultry is the leading agricultural industry in Arkansas, providing over 136,000 jobs in the state. The poultry industry in Arkansas provides 49.6% of the total cash receipts. Of the poultry cash receipts, broilers were the largest contributor, providing 38.2% of the state's total agricultural cash receipts. 

Arkansas Statistics

Arkansas Chicken Industry Statistics

  • Arkansas ranks 2nd in the nation in the value of broiler production.
  • In 2017 Arkansas produced 6.9 billion pounds of broiler meat.
  • Value of production for broilers during 2017 was $3.8 billion.
  • The chicken industry creates and supports 136,065 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay about $907.7 million in state and local taxes and $1.8 billion in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $53,460 in wages and benefits.

Arkansas Turkey Industry Statistics

  • Arkansas ranks 3rd in the nation for turkey production.
  • In 2017 Arkansas produced 527 million pounds of turkey.
  • Value of production for turkeys during 2017 was $340 million.
  • The turkey industry creates and supports 14,304 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay approximately $78.2 million in state and local taxes and $152.2 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $55,227 in wages and benefits.

Arkansas Egg Industry Statisitcs

  • Arkansas ranks 4th in the nation for egg production value.
  • In 2017 Arkansas produced 3.4 million eggs.
  • Value of production for eggs during 2017 was $479 million.
  • The egg industry creates and supports 957 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay approximately $4 million in state and local taxes and $8 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $67,642 in wages and benefits.

Missouri

The poultry industry makes up a large portion of Missouri’s agricultural system and has grown tremendously in the last few decades. It began as small backyard farming systems and has now developed into large commercial enterprises with millions of birds.

Poultry is one of Missouri's top commodities totaling $1.4 billion. Of the poultry cash receipts, broilers were the largest contributor providing $686 million to the state's total agricultural cash receipts. Total pounds of broiler meat produced in 2017 was 1.426 billion pounds and total pounds of turkey meat was 624 million pounds.

Missouri Statistics

Missouri Chicken Industry Statistics

  • Missouri ranks 12th in the nation for broiler production.
  • In 2017 Missouri produced 1.4 billion pounds of broiler meat.
  • Value of production for broilers during 2017 was $775 million.
  • The chicken industry creates and supports 39,056 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay about $210.5 million in state and local taxes and $496.8 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $54,152 in wages and benefits.

Missouri Turkey Industry Statistics

  • Missouri ranks 4th in the nation for turkey production.
  • In 2017 Missouri produced 624 million pounds of turkey.
  • Value of production for turkey during 2017 was $403 million.
  • The turkey industry creates and supports 12,736 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay approximately $62.1 million in state and local taxes and $150.1 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $51,429 in wages and benefits.

Missouri Egg Industry Statistics

  • Missouri ranks 13th in the nation for egg production value.
  • In 2017 Missouri produced 3 billion eggs.
  • Value of production for eggs during 2017 was $201 million.
  • The egg industry creates and supports 1,968 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay about $9.6 million in state and local taxes and $23.6 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $53,955 in wages and benefits.

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.

The number of egg-laying poultry in the state averages just over four million and produces over 650 million eggs per year. More than 205 million broiler chickens were produced on Oklahoma farms in 2017, generating $745 million of value. The poultry industry has significantly boosted the agriculture economy in eastern Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Statistics

Oklahoma Chicken Industry Statistics

  • Oklahoma ranks 13th in the nation for broiler production.
  • In 2017 Oklahoma produced 1.37 billion pounds of broiler meat.
  • Value of production for broilers in 2017 was $745 million.
  • The chicken industry creates and supports 27,704 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay approximately $142.1 million in state and local taxes and $302.2 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $48,765 in wages and benefits.

Oklahoma Turkey Industry Statistics

  • The turkey industry creates and supports 2,875 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay about $11.08 million in state and local taxes and $20.28 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $43,465 in wages and benefits.

Oklahoma Egg Industry Statistics

  • Oklahoma ranks 21st in the nation for egg production.
  • In 2017 Oklahoma produced 667 million eggs.
  • Value of production for eggs in 2017 was $78.8 million.
  • The egg industry creates and supports 535 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay about $1.9 million in state and local taxes and $3.7 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $44,059 in wages and benefits.

National Rankings

  • Oklahoma ranks 13th in the nation for broiler production.
  • Oklahoma ranks 21st in the nation for egg production value.

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