PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP signed an executive order Friday allowing farmers to breed and sell chickens for meat, the first step toward the broadening of the poultry industry to include eggs.
The move by the president was hailed by many as a win for the poultry community, whose farmers and poultry producers are struggling to keep up with the market for their products.
It was also welcomed by poultry processors who have been facing years of uncertainty from the Trump administration and the USDA.
Trump said in a statement Friday that he signed the order to “bring new life to the nation’s largest and most profitable industry.”
“Our poultry industry is on the verge of great economic and job creation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Homeland Security have done a great job protecting the poultry and egg industries,” he said.
The executive order allows farmers who want to sell their eggs to be able to use poultry processors to help make the eggs, which could include large operations that can be managed by a local farmer.
“We’re really looking forward to a new day for our industry,” said John McVay, a co-founder of McVee’s Chicken, the nation, and a president of the National Chicken Council.
McVay said that the new order could also bring new economic opportunities to farmers who are already struggling with the effects of the recent drought.
For the past two years, there have been no sales of eggs and poultry products in the U-S.
The drought has led to an even more severe drought in 2016.
But McVays CEO and president of McVeigh Farms, Bob McVey, said that there are new opportunities.
The order is also expected to help farmers by allowing them to raise more chickens to raise the meat and poultry in the industry.
In the past, farmers were able to raise about 60% of their poultry to feed their livestock.
That number has been reduced to about 40% under the new policy, he said, but he expects that will change.
The new order also allows farmers that sell eggs to make more money from the sale of the eggs.
The USDA estimates that a family could make $200 from a single chicken sold to its customers.
That money would go to feed and shelter a family of five, which the agency estimates to be the wealthiest group in the United States.
“It’s a big step for us, and we’re really excited,” McVees president and CEO, John McVeee said.
“We think it’s a huge opportunity for the industry.”
McVee and his family raised chickens for decades, but they started selling eggs in 1998.
He said he has not been able to keep his flock in the flock for the past 15 years because the chicken population has decreased.
“They have to go,” McVeees mother, Marcela, said.
She added that he has been struggling with health issues, including diabetes, and has been able only to work part-time.
He has a lot of time to work, but is struggling to pay the bills.
“I can’t take care of myself, and I’m struggling,” she said.
McVesea said he can’t afford to go to the doctor, either, and is spending a lot on groceries to buy food for his chickens.
“This is not easy for us.
We are going to have to make a choice between paying the bills and having our chickens,” Mc Vee said, “or being able to go home and feed our family.”
The poultry industry has been a major target of Trump’s since he was elected president in 2016, after the president said he wanted to end subsidies to poultry farmers that had been handed out by the Obama administration.
The poultry industry, for its part, said the order was aimed at helping small businesses compete in the meat market.
The White House said the new poultry policy is expected to boost the poultry business by $1.5 billion annually.
Department on Agriculture estimated that the poultry production will increase by 6.8% in 2019 and by 1.2% in 2020.