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Iowa’s Egg Industry Facts

• Iowa’s egg farmers lead the nation in egg production, caring for nearly 60 million laying hens producing nearly 15 billion eggs per year. That’s almost one out of every five eggs produced in the United States!

• Iowa’s egg industry feeds the state economy in a big way. The industry contributes about $2 billion in total sales, some 8,000 jobs, more than $424 in personal wages and nearly $19.3 million in state tax revenues.

• Currently, the top ten egg producing states (ranked by number of layers represented in thousands) are:

1. Iowa – 53,846
2. Indiana – 31,679
3. Ohio – 29,982
4. Pennsylvania – 25,299
5. Texas – 17,445 –
6. California – 11,499
7. Michigan – 13,820
8. Minnesota – 9,805
9. Georgia – 9,392  – 7,484
10. Nebraska – 7,484

• The five largest egg producing states represent approximately 50 percent of all U.S. layers.

• Presently, there are approximately 57 egg producing companies with 1 million-plus layers that represent approximately 87 percent of total production and 16 companies with greater than 5 million layers.

• To date, there are approximately 179 egg producing companies with flocks of 75,000 hens or more. These companies represent about 95 percent of all the layers in the United States. In 1987, there were around 2,500 operations. (Number of operations in 1987 include some contract farms and divisions.)

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