Reps. Bishop & Crawford Create Bipartisan Congressional Chicken Caucus
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced that he and Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) have co-founded the bipartisan Congressional Chicken Caucus. The Congressional Chicken Caucus was formed to educate members of Congress about the history, contributions and concerns of the U.S. chicken industry, which emanate from a wide range of issues pertaining to food safety, trade, labor, immigration and the environment.
U.S. chicken companies directly employ over 300,000 workers, producing products worth a wholesale value of over $45 billion with major operations in more than 30 states. The industry’s economic impact can be felt in several sectors of the U.S. economy and in every state. In the State of Georgia, for example, the total value of poultry production amounts to $3.9 billion – the largest in the nation. Georgia is also the number one poultry exporter in the nation, with over $555 million in annual exports.
“I look forward to working with the Chicken Caucus Co-Chair, Congressman Rick Crawford, and other bipartisan members of the Caucus in creating forums where poultry producers, consumers, retailers and food inspectors can provide members of Congress with their insights on how we can better maintain and enhance our poultry industries,” said Congressman Bishop.