Mississippi's poultry industry is the largest agriculture enterpise within the state.
More than 25,000 people are directly employed within Mississippi's poultry industry. Another 46,885 jobs have been created as an indirect effect from the economic activity generated by the industry. An estimated 1,430 poultry farms are located within Mississippi, allowing private farm owners to live and farm on their own land.
Mississippi poultry processors exceeded $2.87 billion in total sales in 2014. Wages and salaries paid to poultry employees within Mississippi exceed $1.6 billion. The economic activity generated by the poultry industry creates approximately $2.3 billion in payrolls for other industries. Total impact: Over $3.9 billion in wages and salaries paid.
Mississippi is home to the largest egg processor in the world. Mississippi produced 738 million broilers in 2014 and was ranked 5th largest broiler producing state within the U.S. in 2016.
Poultry maximizes Mississippi's renewable resources by converting crops into high quality protein products enjoyed by consumers around the world.
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.