Lincoln Secures Aid for Poultry Growers

Washington – U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced that the U.S. Senate has approved aid to poultry producers as part of a Lincoln-led disaster package included in the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act. The package makes poultry producers eligible for $75 million in emergency loans.

“I am a former Piligram’s Pride grower. I own five poultry houses and I have been without chickens since August 19, 2008.  This bill will help my fellow producers and I to try and regain our ability to make a living. We appreciate that Senator Lincoln came last spring to hear our concerns and try to help us with this legislation,” said poultry farmer Keith Brents.

Pilgrim’s Pride processing facilities in El Dorado and Clinton, along with the feed mill in Atkins, have all closed, impacting growers and local economies.