Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Poultry farmer rights defeated

The drive by United States poultry farmers to win more rights in contracts with processors failed by a narrow 26-24 vote by federal politicians.

Andy Harris, a Republican from Maryland, made the motion in committee that denies funding so the federal government could regulate poultry-industry contracting.

Similar votes to deny funding have happened in the past.

The vote drew praise from the National Chicken Council, which lobbies for processing companies, and dismay from the National Farmers’ Union and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

The Chicken Farmers of Ontario marketing board has often drawn attention to the plight of chicken contractors during its annual meetings, aiming to solidify support for supply management.