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Did you know that...

  • Ohio is one of the largest egg farming states in the nation?
  • 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 4.4 million bushels - or 252 million pounds - of corn each year?
  • Ohio has 31 million laying chickens and 10 million pullets (hens less than one year old)?

Discover many more facts about eggs, chicken and turkey. Access our general fact sheet, as well as fact sheets related to eggs, chicken and turkey below.

  • Ohio's egg, chicken and turkey farms create more than 20,586 jobs annually generating $718 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 use 33 million bushels of the state's corn crop and 16.2 million bushels of Ohio's soybean crop annually
  • 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.


Avian influenza (AI), a virus commonly known as the "bird flu," is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. 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.

Avian Influenza FAQ