Proposed USDA Rule Would Increase Transparency in Poultry Industry

Reforms Would Require Poultry Companies to Disclose New Information on Earning Potential, Input Quality, and Tournament Groups and Formulas

  • Requiring poultry companies to disclose the number of flocks and minimum flock stocking density that they will contractually guarantee annually, as well as any “sale of farm” policies.
  • Requiring poultry companies, when finalizing a new contract, to disclose to prospective growers the income range, broken down by quintiles, of current growers in a prospective grower’s region.
  • Requiring poultry companies to disclose information about the quality of the inputs they provided, and any relevant feed discrepancies, to growers, both when inputs are delivered and on settlement sheets and when growers receive their pay.
  • Requiring poultry companies to provide each grower anonymized information about the quality of the inputs provided to every other grower in their “tournament group” on settlement sheets.
  • Requiring poultry companies to disclose how their tournament system formulas account for input quality variability.
  • Requiring poultry company CEOs to sign agreements that require the implementation of internal controls frameworks necessary to provide accurate disclosures and compliance with USDA audits of disclosed data.

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