Rule the Roost: National Chicken Month celebrates the global impacts of America’s most-consumed meat

September marks the beginning of National Chicken Month, a time to celebrate the nation’s most-consumed meat as well as the U.S. poultry industry’s profound impact on both the domestic and global economy.

Each September marks National Chicken Month, which means, it is time to cluck about a beloved American staple: Chicken!

American consumers savor chicken in various forms, from crispy fried chicken to succulent roasted chicken, making it an integral part of the nation’s diet. Chicken’s versatility and delicious taste have secured its place as a top choice for meals in homes and restaurants across the country.

Two-thirds of all chickens in the United States raised in Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas, but chicken industry’s reach extends far beyond our borders and its significance is not limited to domestic consumption. The poultry industry is also a powerhouse in the export market, with exports accounting for nearly $4.5 billion dollars in revenue. U.S. chicken products are in high demand worldwide, and they travel to more than 145 countries, gracing dinner tables from Asia to Europe and beyond.

What is even more remarkable is the role of U.S. chicken exports in supporting developing economies. Last year, almost all of the U.S. broiler meat exports found their way to developing economies, helping nourish communities and contribute to economic growth. Furthermore, 14 percent of these exports were destined for some of the least developed countries in the world, providing essential protein sources and economic opportunities.

So, as you savor a crispy drumstick or juicy chicken sandwich this September, remember that you are not just enjoying a meal—you are taking part in a global culinary tradition that contributes to the well-being of communities around the world. Chicken, truly, rules the roost!

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