Alabama's poultry and egg production generates $15.1 billion to the state’s economy and provides 86,237 jobs, according to a recent study.

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The Alabama Agribusiness Council and other groups joined Gov. Robert Bentley in releasing the study. Bentley told the Associated Press the last similar study was done in 1989, and the new study by Auburn University shows how important agriculture is to Alabama's economy. The study used government statistics, sales figures and other data from 2010–2012.