The animal food sector in the US strived for decades to emphasize the value and service it provides to customers through highest-quality and safe animal food. As an internal component of the agricultural economy, the industry of animal food generates hundreds of thousands of jobs, and billions of dollars as revenues and taxes to support state and local communities.
The industry has generated billions of dollars in sales revenues, including about $102 billion in value-added contributions. Over 6,200 manufacturing units operating across the US produce millions of tons of animal food for the country’s poultry, livestock, and pet animals.
the locus of the animal food industry In USA
The animal food sector is more developed in Iowa, Missouri, Texas, California, and Pennsylvania. The five states have a collective revenue contribution to the tune of $105.2 billion. Several congressional districts such as Nebraska-3, Kansas-1, Kansas-2, Iowa-4, and Iowa-2, in the Plains or Midwest states, where poultry and livestock are raised on a large-scale, also remain major revenue contributors, generating approximately $32.7 billion revenues.
The animal food industry in the US is at a crossroads of animal and plant agriculture, as clear from the fact animals consume that enormous amount of food. In the year 2016, food consumption by nine livestock, including aquaculture and poultry species, accounted for 236.3 million tons of food.
the statistics showed it included 46.3 million tons by hogs, 56.3 million tons by broilers, and 74.7 million tons by cattle.
Corn being a staple crop in the US, besides dried distillers grains and soybean, made up the bulk of the animal food products in the US. However, products made from soybean hulls, oats, grain sorghum, and cottonseed also maintained some presence. Among the states, Minnesota at 11.3 million tons, North Carolina at 12.6 million tons, Nebraska at 15.4 million tons, Texas at 17.6 million tons, and Iowa at 21.1 million were top consumers of animal food.
As the efforts for wholesome, safe, and affordable animal food products continue, support in critical areas, such as research funding and education by organizations, has bridged the gap between stakeholders, consumers, and policy-makers. Maintaining the highest standards, incorporating the latest technologies, and utilizing best industry practices, the animal food industry has established itself as an important component of the US economy. However, the industry’s contribution needs recognition and policies drawn, conducive to its growth.