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Tending to the farm: Big chicken gets bigger

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ATLANTA — If the Midwest is America's breadbasket, then the Southeast is the nation's chicken bucket.

Through the second half of the 20th century, chicken production evolved from a sideline for small farmers into a hyperefficient, multibillion-dollar industry. Commercial poultry rearing began on the Delmarva Peninsula — encompassing parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia — but it became firmly rooted farther south.

Each year, the six states in the Atlanta Fed's district produce about 40 percent of all chickens sold for food (known as broilers) in the United States. Add the district's neighboring states of Arkansas and the. . .

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