FarmAid says meat contracts favor packers

Posted: June 16, 2013 at 3:29 a.m.

A cow wanders past the fans that ventilate a chicken house at Granny Creek Farm near Lamar. Some contract growers contend that meat companies require facility upgrades but leave growers to pick up the tab.

A new report by FarmAid, the farmer advocacy group founded by country music legend Willie Nelson, takes Tyson Foods Inc. and other large meat companies to task over their dealings with contract farmers.

Mitchell and Karen Crutchfield stand in one of their chicken houses. The Crutchfields contend that they were unable to finance updates required by Tys...

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Business, Pages 71 on 06/16/2013