As we come into the fall season, poultry growers will find themselves transitioning between the heat removal needs of summer flocks to the moisture control needs of winter ventilation.
Generally speaking, workers in the turkey industry earn salaries higher than the minimum wage and are able to acquire health insurance through these jobs; however, as turkey plants are frequently located in rural areas, workers have to be recruited from sources other than the local community. Reliance on immigrants to fill these positions means that common sense immigration reform is a necessity to the poultry industry.
The turkey industry and other livestock and poultry producers have been negatively impacted by current U.S. biofuels policy. There is an urgent need for reform. While making progress regarding alternative sources of energy is important, it should also be recognized that the poultry industry suffers from giving the mature corn-based ethanol industry a higher priority than other corn dependent industries.