Publication: “Questions to Ask Before Signing a Poultry Contract”


In 1995, Mary Clouse, former poultry farmer and then Director of the RAFI-USA Poultry Project, authored the publication “Questions to Ask Before You Sign a Poultry Contract.”

Over the last 10 years the poultry industry has continued to grow and change. Mary Clouse’s original publication was revised and updated in 2005. While the questions are related to broiler contracts in general, most of the underlying issues raised are the same for pullet, egg, and turkey operations as well.

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“Questions to Ask Before Signing a Poultry Contract.” July 2005
Description:  A guide to help farmers assess the true risks and benefits associated with contract poultry production.

About Scott Marlow

Scott currently serves as Executive Director of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA. Scott’s specialty is financial infrastructure, including access to credit and risk management for value-added producers. He previously directed the organization’s Farm Sustainability program, providing in-depth financial counseling to farmers in crisis, education on disaster assistance programs and access to credit, and addressing the needs of mid-scale farmers who are increasing the sustainability of their farms by transitioning to higher-value specialty markets.