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Russia Trading Bill Seen as Positive for Delmarva Poultry Industry

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WILLARDS, Md.- More chickens to Russia.

According to the National Chicken Council, a Senate vote on Thursday cleared a bill that would allow permanent normal trade relations with the country.

That means some chicken companies and growers on Delmarva will be able export more poultry to the country.

"It'll mean more money in my pocket hopefully and higher price for the chicken too," said Lee Richardson, a poultry grower in Willards.

Richardson said he will be able to grow more chickens for a longer period time, which then means turning those chickens around and selling them as fast as he is growing them.

"It would just keep us in a steady flow," he said. "In other words when we grow a flock of chickens, then we lay out in between flocks. The layouts sometimes are contributed to the market. If the markets are way down, we may have a longer layout between flocks."

Richardson said the legislation could also help export a specific kind of poultry to Russia that is not preferred in the U.S.

"They use a lot of dark meat chicken which is usually the extra chicken that we have here because more white meat seems to be going here so they buy a lot of the dark meat," he said. 

WBOC reached out to Perdue and Mountaire Farms about this legislation but neither one of them was able to provide a statement.

The bill will not become law until President Barack Obama signs it.

 

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