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Poultry Industry Impact: $23 billion in MS, $576.6 billion in U.S.
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2022 Convention recap
The Mississippi Poultry Association honored two of its members on September 17 at the Association's 85th Annual Convention.
Pic Billingsley of Laurel was named to the Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame. His portrait will be hung later this year at the Miss. State University Poultry Science Department, joining 35 others in the Hall of Fame, created in 1973. Those inducted have given most of a lifetime to starting, growing, and adapting the poultry industry into the state's largest agricultural industry,
The honor happened to come on the 37th anniversary of Billingsley's first day at Sanderson Farms, which recently became Wayne-Sanderson Farms, LLC. During his career, he has overseen the construction of eight poultry complexes, each of which includes a hatchery, feed mill, processing plant and around 100 poultry farms. He has served four times as chairman of Miss. Poultry Association Board of Directors.
A native of Picayune, he is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Retail for Wayne-Sanderson Farms. Earlier this year, he received the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association Lamplighter Award which pays tribute to individuals for "sustained and exemplary service" to the poultry and egg industry.
Doug Morgan was named the 2022 MPA Allied Industry Leader of The Year. He is Southern Regional Sales Manager with Baader, a manufacturer of a wide variety of food processing equipment. He has been with Baader for 24 years and prior to that ran processing plants for two different companies. A native of Starkville, Morgan now lives in Brandon. The award recognizes salespeople known for their outstanding service to poultry companies.
Poultry is Mississippi's largest agricultural industry and the Mississippi Poultry Association represents all aspects of the industry.
With $3 billion paid to growers and direct employment of 28,500 people, the industry has a total impact on Mississippi's economy of $20 billion, according to the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. That same report estimates the industry pays $1.5 billion in federal, state and local taxes.
In addition to the 1,700 family-run poultry farms around the state, Mississippi has 50 processing plants, hatcheries, feed mills and egg farms. These businesses interact with banks, real estate firms, insurance agencies, farm supply stores, grain farmers, plant and poultry house equipment manufacturers who are allied members of the association.
MPA was formed in 1937 to promote the health of the state's poultry flock. Mississippi produces about 750 million birds per year. The poultry industry in Mississippi has grown to be the fifth largest in the nation and exports about 20 percent of its production to more than 70 countries around the globe.
The association offers educational seminars for its members and seeks to educate the public and government officials about the value of the industry to Mississippi. Even as the Mississippi Poultry industry has grown to have a global impact, our concerns remain, bird health, producing a healthful product and ensuring a vibrant industry.
For more information about the industry or the association, please look around our website.
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Mississippi Poultry Association
110 Airport Road
Pearl, MS 39208