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NC Poultry Statistics
  • BROILERS (chickens raised for meat) are the top ag commodity in the state, representing more than $2.8 billion in cash receipts in 2012. 795 million broilers were raised in North Carolina in 2013.
  • North Carolina ranks No. 3 in the nation in poultry and egg cash receipts.
  • N.C.’s poultry industry is worth more than $4.1 billion in cash receipts alone.
  • TURKEYS In 2013 N.C. growers raised 28.5 million turkeys, worth more than $848 million. North Carolina is the third largest turkey producing state in the nation.
  • EGGS In 2013, the N.C. egg industry contributed more than $392 million to the state’s economy. More than 13 million layers produced more than 1.8 billion eggs.

Statistics from the 2013 Ag Statistics Book. Poultry info is found on page 42 and 54-59.


More images and B-roll of chickens can be found on, a website sponsored by the National Chicken Council.


B-roll: Avian influenza testing in a laboratory (USDA)

Media Contacts

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Brian Long
NCDA&CS Director of Public Affairs
Jennifer Kendrick
Public Information Officer
Industry Contacts
N.C. Egg Association
Jan Kelly, Executive Director
Office:  919-319-1195
Fax: 919-319-1196
Cell:  919-614-0940
N.C. Poultry Federation
Robert L. Ford, Executive Director
4020 Barrett Drive Ste 102
Raleigh, NC 27609
Cell: 919.210-1545
Links to national organizations

United Egg Producers
US Poultry & Egg
Egg Safety Center

Subject matter experts

Poultry Experts from N.C. State University Prestage Science Department and College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Donna Carver
Extension Specialist (Poultry Vet)
NCSU, CALS Poultry Science Department

Matt Koci
associate professor of poultry science
NCSU, CALS Poultry Science Department

Edgar Oviedo *
associate professor of poultry science
NCSU, CALS Poultry Science Department

*Fluent in Spanish

Dr. Dennis P Wages
Professor, Poultry Health Management
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Michael P. Martin
Assistant Professor
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Economics: Impacts on the poultry industry

Dr. Tomislav Vukina
Professor Of Agricultural And Resource Economics
NCSU College of Ag and Life Sciences

Economic impacts on consumers and state economy

Dr. Michael Walden
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor
NCSU College of Ag and Life Sciences

Environmental Questions

View the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality's (former DENR) HPAI website

DEQ HPAI/Avian Flu Task Force Leaders

Michael Scott, Division of Waste Management

Christine Lawson, Division of Water Resources

DEQ Media Contacts

Cathy Akroyd, DEQ Public Affairs

Jamie Kritzer, DEQ Public Affairs

Mike Rusher, DEQ Public Affairs

Diagnostic Testing Procedures or Capacity

Dr. Richard Mock, Rollins Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory



Office of the State Veterinarian
N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Mailing Address:1030 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1030
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-707-3250; FAX: 919-733-2277

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