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Perdue Farms is a national leader in chicken production. Roberts discusses the history of the company and its planned move into northeastern North Carolina. The move will include 150growers tending 300 broiler houses. The company will construct a $1.5-million feed mill near Cofield, a $1-million office building and hatchery near Ahoskie, and a $6-million processing plant which will serve the seven-county area.
In 1982, Chicken sales grosses $422 million in North Carolina. But many of the state’s 2,200 growers reaped incomes that averaged less than the minimum wage. A the same time, state agricultural officials say the poultry industry is good for the state, which is now the nation’s fourth largest producer of broiler chickens.