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Nebraska’s egg industry adds value to corn, aid overseas

LINCOLN, NE – Just as Nebraska farmers are producing more corn with fewer inputs on fewer acres, the Nebraska hen laying industry is producing more eggs per hen every year.

Nebraska’s commercial laying hen population in 2008 was at 10 million birds producing over 2.5 billion eggs annually. The number of layers as of April 2010 is projected to be down to 9.38 million producing approximately the same number of eggs annually – which shows great production efficiency among Nebraska egg producers! Nebraska currently ranks ninth nationally in total egg production, and is also a national leader in the production of further processed egg products.

The egg industry contributes about $95 million to the Nebraska economy each year. Part of that contribution is the consumption of more than 8 million bushels of corn and the growing usage of distillers grains.

“The egg industry is another great way of adding value to corn and distillers grains which provides an economic boost to a lot of other businesses,” said Kelsey Pope, ag promotion coordinator for the Nebraska Corn Board. “With May being Egg Month, consumers in Nebraska should realize just how incredible the state’s egg industry really is.”

What is also interesting about Nebraska’s egg industry is that none of the eggs are sold “in the shell” like the kind found in cartons at the grocery store. Instead, they are processed by companies – known as “egg breakers” – and turned into high-value pasteurized refrigerated liquid eggs, which are then sold as a liquid, frozen, dried or as specialty products. These products are used domestically in the foodservice sector and also shipped all over the world. They have even gone to aid projects such as “Eggs for Haiti”, an effort of the national Good Egg Project, which donated over 3 million eggs to Haitian relief efforts this past year.

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/4 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education.

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