Overview

The U.S. poultry industry is the world's largest producer and second largest exporter of poultry meat and a major egg producer. U.S. consumption of poultry meat (broilers, other chicken, and turkey) is considerably higher than beef or pork, but less than total red meat consumption. With almost 18 percent of total poultry production exported, the U.S. poultry industry is heavily influenced by currency fluctuations, trade negotiations, and economic growth in importing markets. The poultry and egg industry is a major user of feed grains.

ERS provides monthly reports on the poultry and egg industry outlook and data covering supply, use, prices, and trade, as well as data products that include current trade indicators; retail, wholesale, and farm values; and historical data on production, use, and trade in the sector.

ERS also releases reports covering domestic and global conditions, trends, and policies that affect poultry supply, demand, prices, and trade in the egg and poultry sector. Some of the issues covered in ERS reports include:

  • The United States is the world’s second largest broiler meat exporter, and exports are a valuable source of income for the industry. ERS examines factors affecting the growth in broiler meat exports, focusing on several major markets. Assessing the Growth of U.S. Broiler and Poultry Meat Exports (November 2013).

More ERS reports on the Poultry and Eggs sector are available here.