Potential Contract Growers Face Important Decisions
Mississippi is one of the top poultryproducing areas in the United States. In fact, the state ranks fifth in the nation in broiler production and is headquarters to the nation’s largest table egg company. Just under 2,000 poultry growers make poultry the largest agricultural commodity in the state, with $2.7 billion paid to farmers in 2013 and another $2.1 billion in wages and salaries paid to 28,000 employees (MPA, 2014). As a result, Mississippi is a major supplier to U.S. and world poultry markets, and the state and its residents continue to benefit from this agricultural powerhouse.
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