A change in the pecking order

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May 26, 2011
The American Prospect
by Monica Potts  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Mike Weaver, a chicken farmer who runs a local farmers' association in West Virginia, knows about 120 chicken farmers in the Shenandoah Valley who could lose their farms. Earlier this month, the Big Ag company they contract with, Tyson, sold its chicken processing-plant to George's Family Farms, Incorporated, bringing the number of chicken processing plants there down from three to two. To smooth the deal, George's offered an extended contract to all of Tyson's farmers, but the sale leaves George's with control over nearly half the area's chicken market." (05/26/11)


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