OKFB Member Brent Bolen Reflects on His Work on AFBF Poultry Working GroupFri, 27 Aug 2021 13:27:46 CDT
Brent Bolen, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Federation member and farmer from southeastern Oklahoma, talked with Radio Oklahoma’s Ron Hays about his recent time with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Livestock Working Group, serving on the poultry committee.
Bolen said the Poultry committee recently finalized their work in Washington D.C. There were three AFBF Livestock Working Groups: poultry, cattle and swine. The purpose of each committee was to look at current policies and future policies related to the effects of the 2020 pandemic, according to Bolen.
“The number one deal during the pandemic was that some integrators that (poultry producers) grew for we’re having a hard time moving product,” Bolen said. “Guys had extended layouts between flocks … if the integrator didn’t honor contracts (poultry producers) were left without any form of income.”
Other issues Bolen’s committee discussed included the ongoing labor shortage, plant shutdowns and future regulatory policies coming from the Biden Administration.
“The number one thing we came to a consensus on is to be careful what you ask for from the federal government,” Bolen said. “Some things sound really good in theory but when it comes to where the rubber meets the road, sometimes it doesn’t always work.”
All the work Bolen and other committee members have done will help the AFBF in the resolutions and policy-making process at the next AFBF convention.
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