Collins requests increased poultry production

Georgia’s 9th District Congressman Doug Collins has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow increased line speeds in poultry processing plants across the nation. In his letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Collins cited processors in South America, Asia, Canada, and Europe that are safely operating at line speeds of up to 200 birds per minute while U.S. continued to restrict production speed to 140 birds per minute.

Congressman Collins in making the case for increased line speeds cited the poultry impact in Georgia and specifically in the 9th District:

Agriculture remains a vital dimension of Georgia’s economy, while poultry production generates more than $18 billion for the state economy and $10.9 billion for the Ninth District economy annually.

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“As far as I’m concerned we have no proposed changes to the food stamps program. You don’t try to fix things that aren’t broken.” 17 May, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue A Trump budget document leaked yesterday proposes WIC be cut by more than a billion dollars to $5.2B next year, and SNAP would lose some $8 billion according to the figures listed in the document, a nearly 10 percent cut to a program. So what’s the deal? Is Sonny an incompetent that doesn’t understand budgets, or another appointee being used on by the Great Trumpkin? I’m going with… Read more »


Is it a genuine cut or a percentage reduction in the increase of spending?

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Don’t know, but it’s very unlikely the programs were increasing at the 19% and 11% rates the numbers indicate.

To be clear, the information is from a leaked spreadsheet about a budget under development. Despite complaints about leaks from both sides of the aisle, they’ve been employed in launching trial balloons.


There may be a case for increasing poultry line speeds while maintaining current safety and health levels but Collins doesn’t make it. Regardless, US and 9th district producers aren’t ‘handcuffed’ by current speeds as Collins asserts.