There are many bizarre “National something Months” out there. There is a National Piano Month, National Blueberry Popsicle Month, even a Records and Information Management Month. What matters for Georgia though is that September is National Chicken Month. For more than twenty years, the National Chicken Council has worked to promote chicken sales in September, a traditionally slow month between summer grilling season and the holidays of the late fall and winter.
Since 1998, Georgia has led the nation in poultry production. The “Peach State” took the top spot from Arkansas and Alabama and has widened its lead by nearly a half a billion since 2006. Poultry is Georgia’s largest agricultural crop, making up over 40% of all agricultural production. Approximately 138,000 Georgians make their living either directly or indirectly from the poultry industry and the annual contribution to the Georgia economy is over $38 billion. Of Georgia’s 159 counties, 102 of them produce more than $1 million worth of poultry. If Georgia were a country, it would be the 7th largest producer, more than Argentina, Turkey and Indonesia, just behind Mexico. On an average day, Georgia farms produce 29.3 million pounds of chicken and 6.9 million eggs.
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