Payments to Pilgrim's growers

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riverok

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May 9, 2011
 
The State of Arkansas has completed making payments to over 200 former Pilgrim's Pride growers. The payments average about $81,000 each.

If my home is destroyed by a tornado or flood, I'd be lucky to get a low interest government loan. So why our government is giving block grants to poultry growers. Isn't that the duty of Pilgrim's Pride?

Apparently the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has a very, very big purse.

I have several questions about all this.

Is Prilgrim's Pride still in operation and in Texas?

Are any lawsuits pending agains Pilgrim's Pride?

Are any of the growers back in business with other companies?

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old chicken farmer

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May 9, 2011
 
I'll attempt to answer your questions. 1) Pilgrim's Pride headquarters is no longer in Texas. After a Brazilian company, JBS, bought the controlling shares from Bo Pilgrim the headquarters was moved to Greely, Colorado. But there are several aspects of their operation still located in Texas. 2) The growers from the El Dorado, Ark. are scheduled in Federal District Court next month against JBS Pilgrim's Pride. 3) The El Dorado growers, 167 farms, are not back in business because of the inability to persuade Pilgrim's Pride to sell the facalities they shut down.

As for the disaster grants made available to farmers who were cut off, they were not grants from the State of Arkansas. These grants were made possible by the United States Department of Agriculture by shifting money already in place for row crop farmers disaster funds. It was the first time that poultry growers had access to money that has been available to most farmers for decades. As much as this sounds like alot of money,$81,000 average, in reality the average poultry grower's interest on their loans are around $84,000/year. And the growers in the El Dorado area have been without chickens for two years. Let's not forget, most of these loans are 90% government guaranteed loans. Now one can begin to understand just how much money Pilgrim's Pride has cost the American taxpayer in their attempt to manipulate the market.
Riverok

Sarasota, FL

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May 10, 2011
 
Thank you very much. I have realized for some time now that the poultry industry is not a sustainable one, either for the tax payer or for the grower, or for water quality.

Who can I contact in El Dorado about the grower's lawsuit?

Riverok
old chicken farmer wrote:
I'll attempt to answer your questions. 1) Pilgrim's Pride headquarters is no longer in Texas. After a Brazilian company, JBS, bought the controlling shares from Bo Pilgrim the headquarters was moved to Greely, Colorado. But there are several aspects of their operation still located in Texas. 2) The growers from the El Dorado, Ark. are scheduled in Federal District Court next month against JBS Pilgrim's Pride. 3) The El Dorado growers, 167 farms, are not back in business because of the inability to persuade Pilgrim's Pride to sell the facalities they shut down.
As for the disaster grants made available to farmers who were cut off, they were not grants from the State of Arkansas. These grants were made possible by the United States Department of Agriculture by shifting money already in place for row crop farmers disaster funds. It was the first time that poultry growers had access to money that has been available to most farmers for decades. As much as this sounds like alot of money,$81,000 average, in reality the average poultry grower's interest on their loans are around $84,000/year. And the growers in the El Dorado area have been without chickens for two years. Let's not forget, most of these loans are 90% government guaranteed loans. Now one can begin to understand just how much money Pilgrim's Pride has cost the American taxpayer in their attempt to manipulate the market.
old chicken farmer

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May 10, 2011
 
Robert Depper.
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Lewisville, AR

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May 10, 2011
 
what were the growers getting money for ? I work for PP I didn't anything
riverok wrote:
The State of Arkansas has completed making payments to over 200 former Pilgrim's Pride growers. The payments average about $81,000 each.
If my home is destroyed by a tornado or flood, I'd be lucky to get a low interest government loan. So why our government is giving block grants to poultry growers. Isn't that the duty of Pilgrim's Pride?
Apparently the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has a very, very big purse.
I have several questions about all this.
Is Prilgrim's Pride still in operation and in Texas?
Are any lawsuits pending agains Pilgrim's Pride?
Are any of the growers back in business with other companies?
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Riverok

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May 10, 2011
 
$17.7 million flowing to idled poultry raisers
By Stacey Roberts
Posted: February 27, 2011 at 2:56 a.m.
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LITTLE ROCK — Some 154 poultry farmers throughout Arkansas have already received their share of $17.7 million in federal relief funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state Agriculture Department said Thursday.
Richard Bell, state agriculture secretary, said more than $12.8 million has already gone to poultry growers whose houses were left idle when Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. closed processing facilities in Clinton in August 2008 and El Dorado in May 2009.
The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2008 and was bought by Brazilian meat-processing giant JBS SA in December 2009. The company moved its headquarters from Texas to Greeley, Colo., in 2010.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. still employs about 2,000 people in Arkansas at processing plants in Batesville and De Queen, rendering plants in Russellville and El Dorado, a feed mill in Hope and a vendor-support office in Bentonville.
The company employs 42,000 people and contracts with 4,100 growers to supply the 38 million birds it processes each week in plants in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico, according to the company’s website.
Poultry growers in smaller towns or rural areas often have limited options if a processor closes a plant, said Gene Simpson, professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University in Alabama.
“It is a one-shop area. If there is not another integrated company in town, they won’t be able to grow for anyone,” Simpson said.
Poultry companies keep growers within a 30- to 35-mile range of feed mills and processing plants as a general rule, Simpson said. Some may have a grower or two on farms up to 60 miles away, but that is the exception, he added.
Simpson said poultry houses are costly to build and aren’t suited for any type of use but raising chickens.
Construction costs run about $10.50 per square foot, and the average poultry house is 25,000 to 27,000 square feet, he said.
“That’s well over $250,000 for a house without the land cost,” he said.
The financial assistance is part of a $50 million USDA grant awarded to Arkansas and eight other states as part of a $550 million agricultural disaster-relief fund, the USDA stated in September.
Checks began going out last week, Bell said. The average check is about $82,000 but some farmers have qualified for the maximum $100,000.
“Of course, their losses were more than that for them to qualify for the maximum,” Bell said.
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abel t

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Jan 24, 2012
 
i would like to find out whats going on with the lawsuit in north florida with pilgrams pride i have been with out chickens since 1-3-09 and filled suit in 3- 1 09 but cannot get any information i would appreciate whatever information anyone can help me with thank you abel miami fl mayo fl
Released Grower

Miami, FL

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Jan 31, 2012
 
Here you go Abel:

http://www.kccllc.net/documents/0845664/08456...
abel t wrote:
i would like to find out whats going on with the lawsuit in north florida with pilgrams pride i have been with out chickens since 1-3-09 and filled suit in 3- 1 09 but cannot get any information i would appreciate whatever information anyone can help me with thank you abel miami fl mayo fl
concerned citizen

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Feb 3, 2012
 
need a lawyer to transulate the order,what does it mean?
Released Grower

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#10
Feb 3, 2012
 
Basically, PPC breached the grower's contracts when they chose to reject them through the rules of Chapter 11 bankruptcy instead of using the terms of the contract itself and need to pay for damages. The amount of the damages will be determined through a trial.
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need a lawyer to transulate the order,what does it mean?
outraged citizen

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#11
Jun 11, 2012
 
I have never understood how a company like JBS can fire someone that has worked for the poultry company when it was still named Seaboard Farms(more than 20 years).Apparently they just don't care about anyone.
native resident

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Jun 12, 2012
 
outraged citizen wrote:
I have never understood how a company like JBS can fire someone that has worked for the poultry company when it was still named Seaboard Farms(more than 20 years).Apparently they just don't care about anyone.
Oh but JBS does care about someone, the stockholders. They only care about the bottom line of their corporation. And as Mitt Romney so eloquently said, "corporatons are people".
Released Grower

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Jun 12, 2012
 
native resident wrote:
<quoted text>Oh but JBS does care about someone, the stockholders. They only care about the bottom line of their corporation. And as Mitt Romney so eloquently said, "corporatons are people".
And by the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling money is free speech. Now rich people and, by extension, corporations have more free speech than everyone else.
old chicken farmer

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#14
Jun 13, 2012
 
Bain & Company, which was headed by Mitt Romney, presented the "Project Alpha Business Plan" to Pigrim's Pride in 2008. The plan included closing production facalities in an effort to curtail the supply of chicken to move prices up.
wonderin

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Jul 3, 2012
 
How many growers for pilgrims pride are in stone county arkansas???
Old Farmer

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Jul 3, 2012
 
Don't know, why??

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