National Chicken Council

Don Rush

Poultry and livestock producers are pushing for congress to reject proposals that they say would undermine the Department of Agriculture’s authority to protect them from deceptive and abusive industry business practices.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the House measure focuses on a regulation that requires poultry dealers to give at least 90 days-notice before suspending delivery of birds to growers.

Other regulations determine whether companies are giving one producer an unfair and illegal advantage over another.

National poultry organizations are asking the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress to ease up on the requirement that 40 percent of the corn crop go to ethanol production.

The request comes amidst a drought that has – in some cases – virtually wiped out the corn harvest for many farmers including those on Delmarva.

On Monday, the National Chicken Council handed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson a petition asking for a waiver from the Renewable Fuel Standards regulations for the next year.