Senate Chicken Caucus

The chicken industry’s economic impact can be felt across every sector of the U.S. economy. U.S. chicken companies directly employ over 300,000 workers, producing goods worth a wholesale of over $45 billion dollars annually, with major operations in more than 30 states.  In the U.S. alone, there are more than 40 vertically integrated companies that contract with about 25,000 family farmers to produce market-ready broilers, hatching eggs, and pullets.

To facilitate congressional conversations about this critical industry and the policies and issues that affect it, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have teamed up to launch the first U.S. Senate Chicken Caucus.

The bipartisan caucus serves as a formal group of members whose mission is to educate other senators and staff about the history, contributions, challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. chicken industry. The caucus provides a forum for industry leaders, officials, and other stakeholders to meet with legislators and examine ways in which the federal government can better serve chicken producers. 

The Senate Chicken Caucus hosts regular meetings, briefings, and other events to educate members and staff about chicken industry perspectives on a wide range of issues pertaining to food safety, trade, labor, immigration and the environment. 

The official functions of the Caucus are as follows: 

  • Seek membership from Senators from any state with an active chicken industry.
  • At least twice a year, convene or direct their staff to convene, meetings to discuss timely issues and possible actions and responses for the Caucus to undertake.
  • Host and conduct events to educate fellow members, constituents, the media, and others about the history, contributions and concerns of the U.S. chicken industry.
  • Explore possible common ground for actions to address the concerns of and opportunities for the chicken industry, including, but not limited to, communications with departments, agencies, trade officials, and foreign government officials; amendments, resolutions, and other legislation; press statements and releases; other actions as appropriate.

Leaders

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) 

Members

Senator John Boozman (R-AR)
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Senator David Perdue (R-GA)
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) 
Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC)
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

Caucus Activities

11 Bipartisan Senators from Chicken States Urge the EPA to Clarify Emissions Standards for Poultry Farmers

Senators Coons and Isakson, co-chairs of the Senate Chicken Caucus, led a letter to the EPA with Senators Carper and Perdue asking for clarification on air emissions standards for poultry farms. The letter was supported by the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Delaware Department of Agriculture, and more. Other signers include: Senators Cardin (D-MD), Van Hollen (D-MD), Donnelly (D-IN), Ernst (R-IA), Warner (D-VA), Kaine (D-VA), and Wicker (R-MS).

10 Senators Urge Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiators to Address Barriers to Chicken Trade

Sens. Coons (D-DE), Carper (D-DE), and Isakson (R-GA) led a bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the administration to use the renegotiation process for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to break down unfair trade barriers and improve market access for American poultry farmers, processors and exporters.