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 150,000 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 2016 the poultry industry in Arkansas provided $3.14 billion (77%) of the total cash receipts. Of the poultry cash receipts, broilers were the largest contributer, providing 38.2% of the state's total agricultural cash receipts. 

2017 USDA Arkansas Poultry Highlights

Arkansas Statistics

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

  • Number of broilers raised: 1 billion
  • Pounds Produced: 7 billion
  • Value of Production: $3.8 billion
  • The broiler 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.

Ranks 3rd in the nation for turkey production.

  • Number of turkeys raised: 26 million
  • Pounds Produced: 527 million
  • Value of Production: $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.

Ranks 4th in the nation for egg production value.

  • Number of eggs produced: 3 billion
  • Value of Production: $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.

Poultry is the largest agriculture commodity in Arkansas.

  • In 2016 the poultry industry in Arkansas provided $3.14 billion (77%) 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.

Over 41% of the 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, Carroll, Yell, Hempstead, 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 $686 million to the state’s total agricultural cash receipts.

2017 USDA MIssouri Poultry Highlights

Missouri Statistics

Ranks 12th in the nation in the value of broiler production.


  • Number of broilers raised: 291 million
  • Pounds Produced: 1.4 billion
  • Value of Production: $776 million
  • The broiler 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.


Ranks 4th in the nation for turkey production.


  • Number of turkeys raised: 18.8 million
  • Pounds Produced: 624 million
  • Value of Production: $403 million
  • The turkey industry creates and supports 12,736 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay approximately $62
 million in state and local taxes and $150 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $51,429 in wages and benefits.

Ranks 13th in the nation for egg production value.


  • Number of eggs produced: 3 billion
  • Value of Production: $201 million
  • The egg industry creates and supports 1,968 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay approximately $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.

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 $686 million to the state’s total 
agricultural cash receipts.

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.

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.

2017 USDA Oklahoma Poultry Highlights

Oklahoma Statistics

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

  • Number of broilers raised: 205 million
  • Pounds Produced: 1.4 billion
  • Value of Production: $745 million
  • The broiler industry creates and supports 27,704 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay about $142 million in state and local taxes and $302 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $48,765 in wages and benefits.

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

  • Number of eggs produced: 667 million
  • Value of Production: $79 million
  • The egg industry creates and supports 535 jobs in the state.
  • The industry and its employees pay approximately $2 million in state and local taxes and $4 million in federal taxes.
  • Jobs in the industry pay an average of $44,059 in wages and benefits.

Poultry is the third most valuable livestock commodity in Oklahoma.

  • Cash receipts for all poultry combined totaled $904 billion (12.8%) of the total cash receipts.
  • Of the poultry cash receipts, broilers were the largest contributor, providing $651 million (10.5%) of the state’s total agricultural cash receipts.

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

  • Over 80,000 farms produce an agricultural commodity for sale within the state and across the nation.
  • Approximately 13.5% of them are dedicated to raising some type of poultry.

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