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Agriculture
  1. Farm efficiency in the United States
  2. Who Farms in the United States?
  3. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  4. Minorities as Farm Operators
  5. Agricultural Subsidies
  6. Food for Peace Program
  7. Major Crops in the United States
  8. Major U.S. Crops: Corn
  9. Major U.S. Crops: Soybeans
  10. Major U.S. Crops: Wheat
  11. Major U.S. Crops: Cotton
  12. Planting and Harvesting Cotton
  13. Major U.S. Crops: Rice
  14. How Rice Is Grown in the United States
  15. Dairy Farming in the United States
  16. Cheese Production in the United States
  17. Poultry and Meat Production in the United States
  18. Raising Cattle for Beef
  19. Factory Farming
  20. Farm Mechanization in the United States
  21. Biotechnology and Farming in the United States
  22. Organic Farming in the United States
  23. Farm Aid
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A man holds a chicken while he checks its wing.
Farmer checking a chicken raised in a poultry house.
Photo Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture. Photo by Rob Flynn.
Poultry and Meat Production in the United States
Poultry and meat make up the largest part of the agricultural economy in the United States, with annual sales estimated at around 100 billion dollars. The average American eats around 235 pounds (107kg) of meat a year. Since 1980, chicken production and consumption have steadily increased. Americans now eat more chicken than beef or pork. Click on CHARTS and MAPS below for additional information about poultry and meat.
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