El Dorado Growers
Puzzled

United States

#1 May 23, 2009
Read article about growers in La. who grew for El Dorado. They are not allowed to even talk to Foster until after July 1st. Why? These farmers are desparate. They need birds in the houses. They have a chance, there are others that don't have a chance. They are going under everyday and losing everything they have worked for. Bo Pilgrim should have to meet these people face to face. Or maybe not, it might not be good for him.
Puzzled also

United States

#2 May 27, 2009
Is there nothing the farmers that are in this shape can do? Pilgrim's should have to settle with them some way. Tyson's did a few years ago. They did a settlement with growers with old houses who did not want to go back into debt to upgrade the houses. It wasn't much but it helped them pay off debts. Why did Pilgrim not do that? Oh, yes, Bo is too greedy for that.
old chicken farmer

Wilmar, AR

#3 May 27, 2009
It seems that the growers in the El Dorado are own their own. With very little help from our precious Governor and the attitude of Pilgrim's Pride, it seem to be a sure bet that alot of farmers are going to go under. I've started packing my bags getting ready to move out of my house and off the farm that was once mine. Don't understand why Louisiana Governor Jindal could help those in his state but Arkansas Governor Beebee did nothing but give us "lip-service". Jindal met with the Farmerville area growers on several occasions and had his staff working diligently on the problem. We in Arkansas saw Beebee one time, very briefly, and his outlook was that of gloom and doom. WHERE IS OUR GOVERNOR when we need him?
El Dorado

United States

#4 May 27, 2009
I hear that the bankruptcy court has rejected the bid from investors in El Dorado for the plant there. Told them to go back and try again.
old chicken farmer

Camden, AR

#5 May 29, 2009
I doesn't comes as any suprise to many growers that Pilgrim's Pride rejected the bid made by the investors for the El Dorado complex. The latest rumor is that Pilgrim's Pride is anticipating that the market will soon turn around (within the next year or so) and they are planning on re-opening the plant. By then, most growers will no longer be the owner and operator of their farms. Currently, my family and I are packing things in order to be prepared to vacate my house and farm. It's too bad Gov. Beebee won't throw in a significant amount of money from the state (as La. Gov. Jindal) in order to save jobs, farms, and the economy of El Dorado. My family and I are planning on moving to NW Arkansas where all of Gov. Beebee's attention and concern is focused, it sure ain't in south Arkansas.
carolyn c ellijay ga

Cartersville, GA

#6 May 29, 2009
old chicken farmer wrote:
I doesn't comes as any suprise to many growers that Pilgrim's Pride rejected the bid made by the investors for the El Dorado complex. The latest rumor is that Pilgrim's Pride is anticipating that the market will soon turn around (within the next year or so) and they are planning on re-opening the plant. By then, most growers will no longer be the owner and operator of their farms. Currently, my family and I are packing things in order to be prepared to vacate my house and farm. It's too bad Gov. Beebee won't throw in a significant amount of money from the state (as La. Gov. Jindal) in order to save jobs, farms, and the economy of El Dorado. My family and I are planning on moving to NW Arkansas where all of Gov. Beebee's attention and concern is focused, it sure ain't in south Arkansas.
Iam so sorry to hear this .Ellijay Georgia is having it rough too
old chicken farmer

United States

#7 May 29, 2009
The local investors that were trying to broker a deal to purchase the El Dorado plant have pulled away from the table. They no longer are interested in buying the plant. After their initial bid was rejected by Pilgrim's Pride, the bankruptcy judge had both parties go back to mediation in an attempt to reach some kind of resolution. But it seems the local investors have had enough of Pilgrim's Pride tactics and have decided to remove their offer from the table. It looks as if my family will continue to pack our belongings and be prepared to move out of our home and off our farm. Thanks alot Bo Pilgrim, I will never forget the adverse effect you have had on me and my family.
1 sharecropper

United States

#8 Jun 2, 2009
the growers that are getting chickens will take months then couple months out time. it will take a year to get rolling. my farm will be 200.000 in the hole to the bank not counting tractor notes truck note ins not looking good if you get birds. going to be a tough year
old chicken farmer

Camden, AR

#9 Jun 3, 2009
The growers that were picked up by other Pilgrim's Pride facilities (Nashville and Lewisville) have chickens on their farms now. The Lewisville and Nashville plants lost a number of farms to Tyson and didn't have enough farms to supply their markets. It seems that growers are ditching Pilgrim and going with Tyson where it is possible. I can't blame them considering what Pilgrim has done to so many other growers.
carolyn c ellijay ga

Cartersville, GA

#10 Jun 3, 2009
old chicken farmer wrote:
The growers that were picked up by other Pilgrim's Pride facilities (Nashville and Lewisville) have chickens on their farms now. The Lewisville and Nashville plants lost a number of farms to Tyson and didn't have enough farms to supply their markets. It seems that growers are ditching Pilgrim and going with Tyson where it is possible. I can't blame them considering what Pilgrim has done to so many other growers.
I found out yesterday this is the last week Ellijay GA.will be using American chicken catching crews.they will be using contract crews.owned and operated by elligal mexicans of course.but what can anyone do? maybe file discrimination? I filed in January.it didnt do me any good. they asked for witnesses.every one that worked around me, were elligal mexicans!this whole world has gone crazy.
old chicken farmer

Wilmar, AR

#11 Jun 4, 2009
Find and report any illegal immigrants that are being employed to ICE.
old chicken farmer

Banks, AR

#12 Jun 7, 2009
Ever wonder why Gov. Beebe didn't show much interest in helping the El Dorado growers? Could it be MONEY? Morril Harriman, former state senator from Van Buren, is the poultry industry's LEAD LOBBYIST (good friend of Beebe) and he has steered a large sum of Arkansas' poultry industry money into Beebe's coffers. That explains why Louisiana's Governor Jindal was willing to help the Farmerville growers and Beebe showed little concern. The growers and the El Dorado facality was sold out by Beebe.
Ben There

Kittanning, PA

#13 Jun 11, 2009
old chicken farmer wrote:
Ever wonder why Gov. Beebe didn't show much interest in helping the El Dorado growers? Could it be MONEY? Morril Harriman, former state senator from Van Buren, is the poultry industry's LEAD LOBBYIST (good friend of Beebe) and he has steered a large sum of Arkansas' poultry industry money into Beebe's coffers. That explains why Louisiana's Governor Jindal was willing to help the Farmerville growers and Beebe showed little concern. The growers and the El Dorado facality was sold out by Beebe.
It's ok to blame Bo for some of this. Who knows what's going on up on the hill. I'm sure the poultry company in khaki is well represented so we can talk about the state of AR not doing what LA did. But before we finish we need not forget the union, it's members and the workers at that plant. They deserve just as much of the blame/credit for where we are. I know, I was there.
old chicken farmer

Wilmar, AR

#14 Jun 11, 2009
I attended both meetings, Farmerville and El Dorado, that were held when the announcement was made that these facalities were being idled. At the Farmerville meeting, Gov. Jindal expressed optimisim and said "we will not fail". At the El Dorado meeting, Gov. Beebe was very, very negative and said it "probably will not happen". Two meetings in two nights with completely different outlooks. Don't forget that the Farmerville plant was union also. It boils down to one very undeniable fact. Louisiana's Governor Jindal and his staff were committed and concerned about the plight of that area's economy and Arkansas' Governor Beebe and his hillbilly staff just was not concerned about the effects on the economy of a SOUTHERN city. I have also come to the conclusion that some of our local elected state officials are intimidated by Beebe and will do whatever he tells them.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#16 Aug 25, 2010
The one thing, I believe, that Jindel did not realize, was, that Pilgrims, and Foster Farms may very well be in cahoots with one another. Foster Farms did not want to pick up any of the contract farmers. They were going to wait until the farms went on the auction blocks, but Jindel would not stand for that. They are now beginning to get what they wished for all along. Farmers with Foster Farms are starving to death, and cannot stay in business with just 4 flocks a year, and much larger birds. Many are now being forced into bankruptcy, and their farms are being sold at police auctions. Pilgrims Pride is actively buying up poultry farms in the farmersville area, an area controlled by foster farms. Hummm! There have been houses built for Mexicans to live in. Hummm!!!Strange no? Especially with the fact that in California, mexicans run their farms for Foster Farms. Hummm!!!

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