Congresswoman Elaine Luria Calls for COVID-19 Relief for Contract Poultry Growers

November 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Elaine Luria sent a letter to Congressional leadership, urging them to include relief for contract poultry growers.

“While the CARES Act was a lifeline for many in the agriculture industry, contract poultry growers were left behind,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Including contract poultry growers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will help them make ends meet during this period of economic uncertainty. We must do more to help this industry.”

Large poultry companies often contract with local farmers to grow birds in house before processing them. From March to May, 2.2 million fewer chickens were placed with Virginia growers, causing them to lose on average approximately $15,000. Unfortunately, contract growers were excluded from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and many are ineligible for small business relief programs.

Click here to read the letter.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.