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.

The topography of the Ozark highlands—in contrast to the relatively flat eastern half of the state—is well suited to raising chickens. The hilly terrain has historically prevented the widespread cultivation of rice and cotton, which led northwest Arkansas farmers to pursue interests in timber, fruit orchards, and especially poultry.

Poultry is the leading agricultural industry in Arkansas, providing over 136,000 jobs and 58% of the total cash receipts. Arkansas broilers are the largest segment of the poultry industry, with broilers being produced in 53 of the 75 counties in Arkansas. 

Arkansas Statistics

Arkansas Chicken Industry Statistics

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

National Rankings

  • Arkansas ranks 3rd in the nation for broiler production.
  • Arkansas ranks 3rd in the nation for turkey production.
  • Arkansas ranks 3rd in the nation for egg production value.

Kansas

Kansas companies that produce and process poultry and eggs are an integral part of the state’s economy. Poultry producers along with the companies that provide supplies and materials to the industry provide well-paying jobs in the state and pay significant amounts in taxes to state and federal governments.

Kansas Statistics

Kansas Chicken Industry Statistics

  • The chicken industry creates and supports 10,250 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay approximately $44.89 million in state and local taxes and $100.39 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $48,178 in wages and benefits.

Kansas Turkey Industry Statistics

  • The turkey industry creates and supports 1,555 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay about $4.45 million in state and local taxes and $9.87 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $37,229 in wages and benefits.

Kansas Egg Industry Statistics

  • The egg industry creates and supports 676 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay about $4.53 million in state and local taxes and $11.09 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $58,178 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 and eggs accounted for 46 percent of the total livestock cash receipts in Missouri in 2014. In comparison, meat animals, which include cattle, hogs, and sheep, accounted for 80 percent of total livestock cash receipts in Missouri during 2014. Total pounds of broiler meat produced was 1.4 million pounds in 2015 and total pounds of turkey meat was 600 million pounds.

Missouri Statistics

Missouri Chicken Industry Statistics

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

National Rankings

  • Missouri ranks 9th in the nation for broiler production.
  • Missouri ranks 5th in the nation for turkey production.
  • Missouri ranks 12th in the nation for egg production value.

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 700 million eggs per year. More than 217 million broiler chickens were produced on Oklahoma farms in 2015, creating $770 million of value. The poultry industry has significantly boosted the agriculture economy in eastern Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Statistics

Oklahoma Chicken Industry Statistics

  • 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

  • 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 12th in the nation for broiler production.
  • Oklahoma ranks 21st in the nation for egg production value.

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