Tyson increases pay for poultry growers
Tyson Foods Inc. has raised per-pound payments for a
group of contracted chicken farmers who supply its Berryville-Green Forest
The company increased payments from 4.75 cents to 5.15 cents per
"â€¦we are offering a significant pay increase to poultry producers who
supply our Berryville-Green Forest poultry complex in Arkansas," said Tyson
Spokesman Gary Mickelson. Tyson handles changes in pay on a location-by-location
Mickelson went on to say that the pay raise is a major investment, adding
that such increases typically involve millions of dollars in additional costs to
The producers who have benefited from the raise sought the raise based on
rising fuel costs. There are more than 6,200 contract poultry producers
throughout the country who raise chickens for Tyson. Mickelson said the company
provided more than US$26 million in supplemental fuel payments in 2005-2006 and
made another supplemental fuel payment last winter.
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