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Guy Hall
(800) 392-5705, ext. 5181

Alabama Poultry Producers, a division of Alabama Farmers Federation, is composed of farmers across the state involved in poultry production. The Poultry Division has active committees in 35 counties throughout Alabama. Polices and programs developed at the county and state committee levels can be implemented into state and national initiatives by the organization. Alabama broiler producers marketed more than a billion birds in 2004, generating cash receipts that amounted to more than $2.4 billion.

Alabama ranks third in broiler production behind Arkansas and Georgia. Alabama's layer flocks produced 2.1 billion eggs in 2004, resulting in cash receipts of $288 million. Alabama ranks 13th nationally in total egg production with more than 9.24 million layers in inventory on Dec. 1, 2004. More statistics about poultry in Alabama can be found through the Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service website.

Goals and Issues

Goals of the Alabama Poultry Producers are determined by a state committee, which is elected by other producers throughout the state.

Issues and challenges facing producers are evaluated each year, and priority is placed on each to determine a focus for the division's efforts.

Goals Include:

  • Convey growers' position on regulatory, legislative and other issues
  • Work with producers, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and Natural Resources Conservation Service on environmental issues, particularly litter utilization
  • Assist producers with education of animal welfare issues
  • Work with producers on new construction standards for poultry housing

Helping farmers address everyday problems is a key part of our mission. As new challenges appear, Alabama Poultry Producers is poised to address those challenges for the good of its producer members.

Members of the 2013 Alabama Farmers Federation State Poultry Committee are, seated from left, Chairman Joe Roberts of Fayette County, First Vice Chairman Dennis Maze of Blount County, Second Vice Chairman Tom Duncan of Butler County; Jan Woodham of Dale County, Jeremy Brown of Montgomery County and Chase Bradley of Monroe County; back row, Joe Murphy of Pike County, Ray Bean of Calhoun County, David Bailey of DeKalb County, Tommy Thompson of Covington County, Mike Carnes of Marshall County, Mark Byrd of Morgan County and Federation Poultry Division Director Guy Hall.

Alabama Farmers Federation at Work for Alabama Poultry Producers

The Poultry Division works closely with the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association, National Poultry Technology Center and Auburn University in sponsoring and promoting issues that affect the poultry industry.

Here are some of the activities of the Poultry Division:

  • Through the state committee's work with Auburn University the Federation will determine needs for research that will benefit Alabama poultry producers and will support funding for additional research.
  • The Federation will support Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) training and assist producers in complying with CAFO regulations.
  • The Poultry Division will convey the grower position on regulatory, legislative and other issues that affect the grower.
  • As a part of Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Poultry Producers is represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs. The Department of Communications provides information about important issues and notices through its monthly magazine, Neighbors and biweekly newsletter, Cultivator.

Chicken & Dumplings is a classic Southern comfort food. To order the Federation's cookbook, which features this recipe and others, visit FarmingFeedsAlabama.com.
The Local Connection

County Farmers Federations, with the assistance of Area Organization Directors, provide support and a mechanism to address issues on the local level. Herein lies the strength of Alabama Poultry Producers. Each county may establish its own Poultry Committee. Needs and requests from producers in the county are the beginning of policy development and the direction of Alabama Poultry Producers. You may contact your county Poultry Chairman, or if none currently exists, the Area Organization Director in your region or your County President for more information.

Why Should I be a Member of Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Poultry Producers?

The Alabama Farmers Federation brings farmers of all commodities together for a common cause. Together, we can accomplish more for everyone's benefit. The more poultry producers actively participating in Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Poultry Producers, the more effective the organization can be on issues affecting them. With membership in the Alabama Farmers Federation, come many benefits. The directors of the commodity departments look forward to working with you.

Click here for "Steps to enter the poultry production business."

Did you know?

  • Alabama's top broiler producing counties are Cullman, DeKalb, Marshall and Coffee.
  • Alabama's top laying flock counties are Cullman, DeKalb, Randolph and Marshall.
  • Poultry (broilers and eggs) accounted for $2,800,366,000 in farm receipts.
  • Poultry accounts for 60 percent of Alabama's agricultural revenue.
  • Cash receipts for broilers amounted to $2.79 billion in 2010.
  • Alabama ranked 3rd nationally in broiler production in 2010, behind Georgia and Arkansas.
  • Alabama's table egg industry ranks 14th nationally.
  • Alabama's broiler industry accounts for more than $10 billion in revenue.
  • Alabama's broiler industry accounts for more than 80,000 jobs.
  • Alabama marketed 1.02 billion birds.
  • Commercial broiler hatcheries hatched 1.29 billion chicks.
  • Alabama hatcheries shipped 224.6 million broiler chicks to other states in 2010.
  • Alabama's laying flocks produced 2.18 billion eggs in 2010.
  • Cash receipts from eggs were $281 million.
  • Alabama poultry exports accounted for $423.7 million in 2010.

Poultry Companies in Alabama

Cagles, Inc.

Ingram Farms

Keystone Foods

Koch Foods

Marshall Durbin
Peco Foods



Tyson Foods Inc.

Wayne Farms

Related Links

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

AFO/CAFO Buffers

Alabama Animal Waste Management

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries

Alabama Poultry and Egg Association

Alabama State Veterinarian

American Farm Bureau Federation

Animal Waste/Nutrient Land Application Map

National Poultry Technology Center
CAFO Information: Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Recipes from EatChicken.com

United States Department of Agriculture

TSP - Validus Services

For more information, contact Guy Hall, Director, Alabama Poultry Producers, P.O. Box 11000, Montgomery, AL 36191-0001. Phone: (800) 392-5705, ext. 5181.

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