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Illegal Termination of Poultry Grower Contracts


The Packers and Stockyards Act is a federal law that provides protections for poultry growers. Often, poultry growers or farmers contract with poultry companies to raise baby chicks. These companies, also known as integrators, are often large companies. The dealers deliver flocks of chicks to the growers and return in four to six weeks to pick up the flock. Growers are paid based on the weight of chickens delivered back to the integrators after they are raised.

Under the Packers and Stockyards Act, dealers are to provide growers with a written termination notice at least 90 days prior to the termination of the contract. In some instances, however, the dealers are providing notice but then not delivering chicks to the growers during the 90-day period. Because growers are paid based on the weight of chickens they deliver back to the dealers after they are grown, if a dealer stops delivering chicks as soon as notice of termination is provided, the dealer is effectively terminating the grower before the 90-day period has run.

If this happened to you, you may have a legal claim. If you are interested in learning more, contact our Civil Rights and Impact Litigation team. Our clerk is available at 612-256-3253 or, and will be able to discuss your concerns and connect you to one of our attorneys. 

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Illegal Termination of Poultry Grower Contracts