Did you know that...
- Ohio is ranked second in the nation when it comes to egg production?
- Egg protein is of such high quality, it is used as the standard by which all other protein sources are compared?
- Ohio's turkey flocks consume more than 4.5 million bushels - or 252 million pounds - of corn each year?
- Ohio has 30 million laying chickens and 10 million pullets (hens less than one year old)?
- Ohio's egg, chicken and turkey farms create more than 14,600 jobs annually generating $412 million in annual earnings to the state's economy.
- Most Ohio egg, chicken and turkey farmers live near their farms, so it is in their best interest to protect the environment within their own communities.
- All large egg and poultry operations in Ohio are regulated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which sets strict guidelines for management of manure and other environmental impacts and requires regular inspections.
- Ohio's egg, chicken and turkey farmers purchase more than $5.4 million in utilities and more than $93.8 million in agricultural- and business-related services.
- In 2008, Ohio's egg, chicken and turkey farmers used 33 million bushels of the state's corn crop and 16.2 million bushels of Ohio's soybean crop. At an average price of $4.21/bushel of corn and $10.30/bushel for soybeans, this amounts to expenditures totaling $305.8 million.
- More than 600 egg farmers and farmers belong to the Ohio Poultry Association, which takes an active role in educating the public and sharing industry information among its members.
For specific fact sheets on eggs, chicken and turkey, access the PDF files below.
Eggs, chicken and turkey all have their own unique nutritional benefits. Whether it's a low-calorie or low-cholesterol food or being rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins, these food products, when properly prepared, can prove to be as good for you as well as tasting great.
According to new nutrition data from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) released in 2011, eggs are lower in cholesterol than previously thought. The USDA-ARS recently reviewed the nutrient composition of standard large eggs, and results show the average amount of cholesterol in one large egg is 185 mg, 14 percent lower than previously recorded. The analysis also revealed that large eggs now contain 41 IU of vitamin D, an increase of 64 percent.
Informed consumers who are knowledgeable about the nutritional benefits can make smart and healthy dietary choices. Click on the links below and get the nutritional facts on these food products and learn why they are healthy staples of the American diet.
While there isn't an imminent threat of an avian influenza (AI) outbreak in the U.S. at this time, it is an issue that has garnered a lot of media attention and consumer concern in the past few years. In an effort to inform media and the general public, OPA has developed a list of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQ) about avian influenza, including a basic understanding of the disease and what is being done to prepare and mitigate the spread of the disease if a local or regional outbreak were to occur.