Kay Doby’s Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry (PDF) – Doby, a farmer and president of the N.C. Poultry Grower’s Association, shares her experiences as a contract farmer.
This reports outlines a strategy for sustaining income and jobs in rural communities through investment in existing farm businesses. The report documents the role that direct-investment in farmer innovation can play in assisting rural, farm enterprises to transition to more profitable, sustainable models.
In 1999, The Baltimore Sun ran a three-part series on the poultry industry and the farmers caught up in the abusive contracts and paralyzing debt that have since become all too common in contract poultry production. The series began with “The Plucking of the American Chicken Farmer,” which detailed the ruination of poultry farmers and pinpointed how some major companies were even cheating their growers. Collectively, the series presented 10 months of investigative work conducted by reporters Dan Fesperman and Kate Shatzkin.
Action alert! We have now entered a critical phase in our long-running efforts to reform USDA regulations to ensure fairness for farmers. Please join us in submitting comments to the USDA by JUNE 12th!