Recently, the National Chicken Council spearheaded a Media Summit in Kinston and New Bern hosting mainstream media to learn about the poultry business first hand. This, in an effort to help get the word out about how the chicken business works…from egg to package. Bob Ford is Executive Director of the NC Poultry Council :
“We were happy that they picked NC to be the host state for the Media Summit. We are proud of our industry here and we represent about 110,000 employees state wide and economically we are about $12.8 billion into the state economy.”
Ford goes on to explain that it’s something they hear from their membership fairly often…telling a positive story about the business of raising poultry:
“We try to put a positive message out there and educate the people that want to know about how we grow our birds. There are a lot of myths about animal agriculture so we try to dispel those rumors.”
Southern Farm Network’s Bob Midles spoke with Brooks Edmonson, of Three Sons Poultry, a poultry grower for Sanderson Farms, and one host to the media tour on his farm:
“It’s been a learning experience for me. Sanderson has been great to work with and trained me well. I didn’t know anything about the poultry business but they have taught me.
For me, row crops didn’t seem to be enough to support us, since all three sons could come home to farm. This is a future opportunity if that should happen.”