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 Nebraska
Nebraska animal agriculture used an estimated 840,900 tons of soybean meal in 2015. Soybean meal usage in Nebraska is dominated by pork production, which accounted for 50 percent of soybean meal consumption; beef used 40 percent and egg production used 6 percent.
At the state level, animal agriculture in Nebraska represents about $20.3 billion in economic output, $4.2 billion in household income and 88,837 jobs. In addition, it yielded an estimated $1.1 billion in income taxes and the last census of agriculture (2015) reported $479 million in property taxes.
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