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Proposed USDA Rule Change Would Affect NC Poultry Farmers

Proposed USDA Rule Change Would Affect NC Poultry Farmers

By Bradley George

A lot has changed in the poultry business since the Packers and Stockyard Act became law in 1921. A handful of companies like Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms control the industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that means farmers have little say in contracts with these large processors.

USDA has proposed a rule change to the law that would require those companies to offer more information on contracts before farmers sign them. The disclosures include everything from the minimum number of chickens needed to turn a profit to data on other farmers.

A bipartisan group of state attorneys-general, including North Carolina's Josh Stein, support the proposal.

“North Carolina’s poultry farmers have a right to a fair market and fair prices,” Stein said in a statement. “I support the USDA’s efforts to make the poultry industry more transparent and protect our farmers and their livelihoods.”

Some poultry companies are opposed. According to Reuters, Mountaire Farms sent a letter to its farmers saying the rule would lead to higher prices and more foreign processors entering the U.S. market.

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