The proposed rule would require poultry processors to disclose more information on how they pay farmers contracted to raise chickens. BY: MARCIA BROWN POLITICO| 08/19/2022 05:00 AM EDT | UPDATED 08/19/2022 10:32 AM EDT As of Aug. 18, the USDA had received at least 350 public comments on its draft rule.Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Advocates and […]
Mountaire Farms, a top U.S. chicken company, is pressuring its contract farmers to oppose a Biden administration proposal aimed at improving their conditions because the company says it would ultimately reduce farmer pay, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and interviews with farmer advocates.
Just four companies control more than half of the beef, pork and poultry markets, and the meatpacking industry has fielded lawsuits alleging abusive behavior. The Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 largely has failed in what it was supposed to accomplish, legislators and fair market advocates said.