Attributable to Mike Brown, president, National Chicken Council:
“The National Chicken Council (NCC) which represents companies that produce, process, and market over 95 percent of the chicken in the United States is working with the appropriate federal agencies, organizations, and stakeholders to help alleviate the spot shortages being experienced with the very tight supply of propane in at least 31 states, many of which have important production of chicken.
“NCC is being particularly supportive of the National Propane Gas Association’s efforts to allow for the expedited delivery of propane, such as the regulatory relief from the Hours of Service requirement.
“NCC fully understands that adequate residential heating must be the first priority, but, at the same time, it will be important to work to minimize the potential disruption to the food supply, especially animal agriculture. Chicken companies are not placing baby chicks in growout housing unless there is an assured supply of propane. NCC’s animal care/welfare guidelines call for the chicken during growout to be comfortable and free of stress from a harsh environment, such as a growout house being too cold.
“Despite the cold weather across much of the United States and the record-high draw-down of national gas and propane inventory, NCC is hopeful that the propane challenge will be successfully met as all parties work cooperatively together.”