Celebrate National Egg Month in May
Even in times of a COVID-19 pandemic, we need to celebrate our successes. National Egg Month in May offers a time to celebrate our innovative and dedicated Iowa egg farmers, businesses, and the egg community.
Iowa is the No. 1 egg producing state in the country and has been for nearly 20 years. Iowa’s egg farming families are committed to raising healthy flocks, producing safe, healthy, affordable eggs and protecting the environment for future generations.
Egg farming has a major impact on Iowa’s economy. According to recent research from Iowa State University, the industry contributes about $1.3 Billion in egg sales, $2.62 Billion in total economic output, creates more than 7,000 jobs and provides $450 million in personal income each year. Iowa’s nearly 58 million laying hens consume 57.8 million bushels of corn and 531,300 tons of soybean meal annually.
Iowa’s egg farmers produce the least expensive source of high-quality protein available for families near and far. Eggs are trending right now, as individuals and groups embrace the egg’s versatility and amazing health benefits. Per capita egg consumption has grown in the U.S. to 293 eggs per year per person in 2019, up from 250 eggs per year per person just 10 years ago. That in itself has been reason to celebrate.
Prior to current COVID-19 challenges, we’ve seen eggs featured in innovative ways at restaurants and schools. All-day breakfast at McDonald’s and new egg-inspired foodservice offerings continue to help increase egg consumption. Iowa schools have joined educational institutions across the country to significantly increase eggs on breakfast and lunch menus, helping students become life-long egg consumers.
All of those who work on Iowa’s farms and in egg processing facilities share in our success. We appreciate the companies, too, that support our egg community by producing innovative products and technologies to help enhance efficiency, build productivity and increase sustainability.
The Iowa egg community is grateful for our many strong, vibrant statewide and nationwide partnerships. Our connection with Iowa State University includes the Egg Industry Center at the Animal Science Department and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory. This partnership has fueled vital research in egg and poultry production, disease control, and even egg products, which has helped increase egg consumption by using eggs in new ways. We have partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to promote animal health and biosecurity on Iowa’s egg farms.
I hope you will join me this National Egg Month – and all year long – in celebrating our industry, our farms, our families, our partners and, most importantly, our product.
Courtesy of Kevin Stiles, Executive Director of the Iowa Egg Council
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