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Our research drives innovation and bolsters one of the state's largest industries.

Fueling the Innovation Pipeline

Poultry is North Carolina’s No. 1 agricultural industry, making up 40% of the state’s total farm income. Those 900 million broilers, 31 million turkeys and 4 billion eggs bring in $4.7 billion a year. That’s almost 10% of the national product and our department supports the industry every step of the way.

Our research covers the production process from start to finish, providing critical science-based information and an unparalleled innovation pipeline that continues to energize and revolutionize the state’s poultry industry. And our students also get in on the action, conducting research at every level — from genes to eggs to processing.

$4.7 billion a year

The value that 900 million broilers, 31 million turkeys, and 4 billion eggs brings in to North Carolina’s #1 industry.

Animal Health and Nutrition Consortium

The Animal Health and Nutrition Consortium (AHNC) is a novel public–private partnership that brings together animal health companies, biotechnology companies, and university scientists to identify the foundational limitations to the development of new products, services, and markets — and foster research to address these knowledge gaps.

turkeys in a field