About AEA

Formed in 1989, the AEA is a national, member driven, non-profit agricultural association dedicated to the emu industry. The AEA promotes public awareness of emus and their products, fosters research and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and several industry brochures.

We invite anyone interested in this form of alternative agriculture to check out our library of emu farming information, visit at least one established emu farm and sit in on a local emu association meeting. If you are involved in the emu industry, we hope you will join us as we advance the industry; new members are always welcome.

To find out more about emu oil, emu meat, and other co-products available from this wonderful ratite, visit the resource page. To find an emu farm near you, please visit our state affiliates page or email for information.

Mission Statement: The American Emu Association is dedicated to developing structural support and visionary leadership and education for the emu industry.

Industry Statement: The American Emu Association represents an alternative agricultural industry, dominated by the small farmer, who is committed to humane and environmentally positive practices that produce high quality, beneficial products.

The AEA does not, and shall not, discriminate.  It follows current nationally recognized non-discrimination policies.

Emu Oil Refining Statement: The American Emu Association (AEA) does not endorse or recommend any particular method of emu oil refining.

The AEA does insist that whatever method of refining is used, the emu oil must match the fatty acid profile parameters for pure emu oil and that it meets or exceeds the standards for Fully Refined Emu Oil – Grade A as listed in the Emu Oil Trade Rules guidelines.

What Has the AEA Done for the U.S. Emu Industry?

The American Emu Association is a member driven, non-profit organization. Any accomplishments achieved by the volunteer Board of Directors or the association is through the efforts and support of the membership. AEA promotes public awareness of emus and their products, sponsors industry related research and monitors legislation that would have an impact on the emu industry. It also publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and several industry brochures The AEA continually works towards building a market environment for process birds and their products, both now, and in the future.

  • Active in Ag & Legislative Awareness.
  • Research projects being actively pursued.
  • Developed Emu Meat TV commercials for member use.
  • Developed the Emu Oil Trade Rules.
  • AEA has worked to improve the relationships with USDA and FDA through
    education and member awareness programs.
  • Added communication through member e-mail and Facebook lists.
  • Continued Emu oil research
  • The AEA worked to have a presence at National Poultry Improvement Program. (NPIP)
  • Through efforts of AEA, the American Heart Association added Emu to their list of heart healthy foods.
  • Brochures, publications, newsletter, etc.
  • Member e-mail lists.
  • American Oil Chemist Society (AOCS) presence.
  • Annual Emu Industry National Convention.
  • Feed Formulator CD
  • Business aids – CDs of “Pricing for Profits”, “What’s An Emu?”, a Presentation for Schools or Groups, “Home Processing”, “The Emu Primer” and “Marketing For N.E.W. And Beyond”.
  • Developed the AEA Certified Emu Oil Program.
  • Ongoing research projects.
  • AEA efforts were the primary reason that Emu is now listed as an amenable species for USDA inspection.
  • Made guidelines available for National Emu Week (N.E.W), 9 days starting the first Saturday in May.

Emu are raised on feed formulated to optimize growth in spacious pens providing ample room to grow. In addition to a Heart Healthy red meat, emu provide several co-products. This includes the fat, which is rendered into a safe, and stable oil used in cosmetic and health products. The leather is crafted into beautiful goods; the feathers are used for industrial, fashion and craft purposes. The large green eggs are used by egg artists and crafters. There are niche markets for all parts of this totally usable bird.