NC Egg Farmers Share Why They Love What They Do for National Egg Month

This National Egg Month, meet some of our NC Egg Farmers who provide excellent animal care while producing safe, healthy eggs and protecting the environment for future generations.

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On North Carolina egg farms, about 9 million laying hens lay more than 7.5 million eggs each day. During National Egg Month in May, meet some of our NC Egg Farmers who provide excellent animal care while producing safe, healthy eggs and protecting the environment for future generations.

Egg Farming for Generations

Many egg farms in North Carolina are multi-generational, family-owned businesses that run deep with a passion to provide high-quality eggs for communities near and far.

Fourth-generation farmer Alex Simpson takes pride in making a difference in his community and providing safe and nutritious eggs, while getting to work alongside his family.

“My granddad worked until he was 94, and my father worked until he passed. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to spend time with my family every day – a joy that a lot of people don’t get to have. I don’t take one second for granted and I hope that, if he wants, my son will become an egg farmer, too, and take over the business,” said Simpson.

Adam and Natasha Swaney raise hens and cows on their first-generation farm and love sharing their passion for providing nutritious food with their children.

“We love that we get to work side-by-side with our family. It allows us to show our kids where their food comes from,while also teaching them what good, hard work looks like!” say the Swaneys.

Egg Farming’s Economic & Community Impacts

Egg farming has a $1.7 billion impact on North Carolina’s economy and supports over 6.400 jobs. Egg farmers are passionate about building strong communities through active partnerships and support.

“I’m a huge fan of agriculture, North Carolina and our people. I get to meet so many great folks in our facilities and around the state because of what I do. I get the opportunity to make an impact on people’s lives and it’s my goal to be a positive influence,” shared Trey Braswell, fourth-generation farmer and president of Braswell Family Farms.

Braswell Family Farms proudly hires locally, buys products from nearby farmers and gives back through mission-driven organizations.

“As part of our mission to enrich the community, we make ongoing donations, including egg donations, to local food banks and other communities in need across North Carolina,” said Braswell.

For Elias Hendrix of Rose Acre Farms, his love for the egg industry began as a young child. Now, he enjoys getting to know the people at the farms producing high-quality, nutritious eggs for consumers.

“Being a North Carolina egg farmer has given me a great opportunity to work with other local farmers, vendors and the community to help provide our employees a better livelihood,” said Hendrix.

Meet more North Carolina Egg Farmers and learn why they love what they do.

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