Cooperative in the Poultry Industry Boosting Economic Activity in Central Virginia.

A recently formed organization, the Central Virginia Poultry Cooperative (CVPC), aims to attract new poultry enterprises to central Virginia. Initiated by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in response to the closure of Tyson Foods’ Glen Allen processing facility, the cooperative is designed to support affected poultry growers. VDACS Commissioner Joseph Guthrie emphasized the significance of the cooperative in protecting the interests of central Virginia poultry farmers and fostering the arrival of new poultry businesses to the region.

While specific details are limited, the Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC), a county government office, shared with The Farmville Herald that CVPC intends to specialize in producing and selling cage-free and organic cage-free table eggs. According to CRC, CVPC has reached out to a Middlebury, Indiana-based producer of cage-free and pasture-raised shell eggs to assist them in expanding their egg production capabilities.

The establishment of the cooperative was made possible through a $35,000 grant provided by VDACS. CRC noted that the cooperative will serve multiple regions, including Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward counties. Matthew Lohr, Secretary of Virginia’s Agriculture and Forestry Department, expressed satisfaction with the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development grant awarded to the Commonwealth Regional Council for the creation of the Central Virginia Poultry Cooperative. Lohr highlighted the grant’s role in mitigating the loss of a crucial broiler processing complex, supporting Virginia poultry growers and communities, and signaling Virginia’s commitment to rural economic development.

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