Why is animal agriculture important to soybean farmers?

Animal agriculture is the No. 1 customer for U.S. soy, consuming 97 percent of the meal from U.S. soybeans. This soy meal provides an excellent source of protein and amino acids to feed chickens, turkeys, hogs, cattle, farm-raised fish and other animals across the United States.

Impact of Animal Ag in Tennessee

  • In 2013, Tennessee animal agriculture used an estimated 271,000 tons of soybean meal. Soybean meal usage in Tennessee is dominated by broiler production, which accounted for 74 percent; pork used 9 percent, beef 6 percent and milk 3 percent.
  • At the state level, animal agriculture in Tennessee represents $3 billion in economic output, $513 million in household income and 14,400 jobs. In addition, it yielded an estimated $135 million in income taxes and the last census (2012) reported $99 million in property taxes.
  • To learn more about the impact of animal ag on Tennessee click here.

Partnership with Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee

Tennessee Soybean, as well as many other state agriculture organizations, have come together to form the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT). FACCT is a non-profit organization formed to positively promote Tennessee’s animal agricultural industry and serve as a proactive voice for humane animal care, well-being issues and best management practices for farm animals.

To learn more about FACCT click here.