The AEB is the national marketing checkoff program for U.S. egg farmers. It exists only to increase demand for U.S. eggs and egg products through research, education and promotion.

The AEB was created in 1976 by an Act of Congress at the request of America’s egg farmers, who then voted by a supermajority to be bound by a commodity checkoff program in order to fund national category-level egg marketing programs.

The AEB represents the interests of all U.S. egg farmers. All egg farmers — whether they pay into the AEB or not — benefit from the AEB’s national egg category marketing programs, and smaller egg farms benefit more from the AEB because of their limited marketing resources.

The AEB is governed by a board of 36 egg farmers — 18 members and 18 alternates — appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Appointments are not based on the size of the organization, and larger farms do not have any more or less influence than smaller farms. The AEB’s daily operations are managed by its CEO and staff.

The AEB is 100% farmer funded; there are NO taxpayer or government monies involved. Egg farmers even pay for the USDA to oversee the program. Egg farmers whose flocks exceed 75,000 laying hens pay an assessment of $0.10 per 30-dozen cases sold.

Every five years, the AEB is required to fund a return on investment (ROI) study conducted by an independent, third-party economist. The results must by analyzed and approved by the USDA. The most recent study determined that America’s egg farmers earned a return of $9.04 for every marketing dollar paid into the checkoff.

No. By law, checkoff funds cannot be used to influence government policy or action, including lobbying. The AEB and all other commodity checkoff programs are prohibited from lobbying, fundraising, favoring or disparaging any commodity or product.

The AEB’s national consumer marketing programs have contributed to decades of consecutive year-over-year increases in U.S. egg consumption per capita and growth in sales of shell eggs at retail. The AEB’s Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) has driven peer-reviewed research from top universities that has transformed thinking around eggs in the diet. And the AEB conducts business-to-business market development, annually driving more egg servings in foodservice and in schools and helping to expand U.S. egg exports into new international markets.