Air Emissions and Animal Agriculture

Broiler Chickens

Broilers are chickens raised strictly for meat. Their production in the United States is concentrated in the region extending from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware in the Northeast, south along the Eastern Seaboard states and across the south to Arkansas. (See map below). This region provides a more temperate climate, greater access to processors and regional knowledge of broiler production. 

Farm size is not equal across the region. Farms in the northeast tend to be smaller than farms in the southern states. In Pennsylvania, only 20% of the farms market more than 300,000 birds annually and, in Delaware, 45% marketed more than 300,000. Across the south, 84% of Mississippi broiler producers marketed greater than 300,000 birds per year. In Georgia and Arkansas, 74% and 62% (respectively) of the broiler producers market more than 300,000 birds annually. In California, only 20% of the broiler-producing farms market more than 300,000 birds annually.

In the top five states for broiler production, 99% of broilers are marketed from farms selling more than 100,000 birds each year.

In the table and map below, you can see that most broiler chicken production in the United States occurs in the southern half of the country.


 

Sources:

USDA-NASS, 2007, 2007 Census of Agriculture, Maps

USDA-NASS, 2007, 2007 Census of Agriculture, State Level Data by State

 

Last Updated 09/07/2011