Poultry Industry in Mississippi

Generating Jobs and Employment Opportunities

More than 28,000 people are directly employed within Mississippi's poultry industry. Another 27,000 jobs have been created as an indirect effect from the economic activity generated by the industry. An estimated 1,766 poultry farms are located within Mississippi, allowing private farm owners to live and farm on their own land.


Economic Impact within Our State

Mississippi poultry processors exceeded $2.8 billion in total sales in 2010. Wages and salaries paid to poultry employees within Mississippi exceed $1.19 billion. The economic activity generated by the poultry industry creates approximately $960 million in payrolls for other industries. Total impact: Over $2.15 billion in wages and salaries paid.


A Worldwide Leader in Poultry Production

Mississippi is home to the largest egg processor in the world. Producing 757 million chickens and exporting over 967 million pounds of poultry annually, Mississippi was ranked 4th largest broiler producing state within the U.S. in 2010.


Maximizing Renewable Resources and Environmental Impact

Poultry maximizes Mississippi's renewable resources by converting crops into high quality protein products enjoyed by consumers around the


A Bright Future

By 2050, the rapidly growing world population will consume two-thirds more animal protein than it does today, according to World Livestock 2011, a study conducted by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The growing populations and incomes fueling the trend of increased animal protein consumption in developing countries worldwide helps in the expansion of U.S. poultry exports.