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Farm chickens production of the states

2012 cash receipts: Livestock: Farm chickens

The U.S. poultry industry is the world's largest producer and its second-largest exporter of poultry meat.

Consumption of poultry meat (broilers, other chicken, and turkey) is considerably higher than beef or pork, but less than total red meat consumption.

U.S. poultry meat production totals over 43 billion pounds annually: over four-fifths is broiler meat; most of the remainder is turkey meat; and a small fraction is other chicken meat.

The table below lists 2012 cash receipts for farm chicken products in order by value and shows each state's contribution to the U.S. whole by percentage. Broiler statistics can be found here.

Rank State Value ($1,000) % of Total U.S. chickens receipts
1. Arkansas 12,911,000 16.35%
2. Georgia 12,263,000 15.53%
3. Alabama 11,952 15.14%
4. North Carolina 10,870 13.77%
5. Mississippi 6,009 7.61%
6. Texas 4,955 6.27%
7. Oklahoma 2,526 3.20%
8. South Carolina 2,501 3.17%
9. Kentucky 2,399 3.04%
10. Missouri 2,014 2.55%
11. Virginia 2,001 2.53%
12. Tennessee 1,866 2.36%
13. West Virginia 1,450 1.84%
14. Louisiana 1,180 1.49%
15. Pennsylvania 741 0.94%
16. Colorado 663 0.84%
17. Minnesota 466 0.59%
18. Florida 435 0.55%
19. Indiana 410 0.52%
20. Ohio 364 0.46%
21. Wisconsin 345 0.44%
22. Iowa 345 0.17%
23. Illinois 130 0.17%
24. Maryland 110 0.14%
25. Vermont 22 0.03%
26. New York 21 0.03%
27. Connecticut 20 0.03%
28. Nebraska 20 0.02%
29. California 15 0.02%
30. Michigan 15 0.02%
31. Oregon 14 0.02%
32. Utah 6 0.01%
33. Maine 4 0.01%
34. South Dakota 2 Less than 0.01%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The numbers listed for "Value ($1,000)" represent the value of the product or chickens in thousands of dollars. For example, a number listed as 450,000 (four hundred and fifty thousand) equates to an actual value of $450,000,000 (four hundred and fifty million).

Note: Data are not collected by the Economic Research Service in surveys for some minor commodities and for some minor producing states for commodities that are surveyed. This is why percentages do not always add up to 100% and all states that produce a product may not be listed.


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