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Celebrate May Egg Month: Eggs Are A Great Food for the Iowa Economy

URBANDALE, IA, May 23, 2014 - Iowa's egg farmers continue to lead the nation in egg production and in egg processing. This year Iowa will see some 15 billion eggs laid.

Iowa Egg Council Executive Director, Kevin Vinchattle, said "Eggs are delicious, versatile and economical. Eggs provide the least cost per per serving of high-quality protein plus 13 vitamins and minerals. But, in addition to being a great food, they also feed the Iowa economy."

The 2013 Iowa State University report, "Economic Importance of the Iowa Egg Industry", shows the following contributions to Iowa's economy:

* More than $2.02 billion in total sales (all economic activity associated with egg production and processing).

* More than $657 Million in Value Added to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

* More than $424 million in personal income.

* Nearly 8,000 direct and indirect jobs.

* A $19.3 million contribution to state general tax revenues each year.

Vinchattle, said the report illustrates the positive value-added impact of eggs. "One of the great things about eggs is they not only feed people but also feed our economy. Egg farming adds value to Iowa's corn and soybean crops. We provide jobs, income and taxes" Vinchattle said.

Vinchattle said Iowa's egg farmers can play a big role in feeding a growing world population. "We are heading to more than 9 billion people by the middle of this century. Eggs provide a great opportunity to get high-quality protein in to people's diets. There are few, if any, better places for food production than Iowa. We need to seize on the opportunity to be a world leader in food. It's a natural for us."

For more information on eggs visit

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Kevin S. Vinchattle
Iowa Egg Council
515-727-4701 Ext.13




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