Congressman Rick Crawford, R-Ark., and Congressman Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., announced on February 1 members of the bipartisan Congressional Chicken Caucus in the 113th Congress. Crawford and Bishop founded the Chicken Caucus in 2012 and will continue serving as co-chairs.

"I want to thank Representatives Crawford and Bishop for their steadfast leadership and for once again taking the lead in organizing the Congressional Chicken Caucus," said National Chicken Council President Mike Brown. "As it did in the 112th Congress, the caucus will continue to give a united voice to the chicken industry as we navigate many issues in the two years ahead."

The bipartisan caucus will consist of members devoted to the various issues affecting the U.S. chicken industry, and will also provide a platform to discuss the role of government in addressing current and future industry challenges. "Working with caucus members, I plan to be a strong advocate for the 6,000 Arkansans who work in chicken production," said Crawford.

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"I look forward to continue working with the Congressional Chicken Caucus in creating a forum where chicken producers, processors, consumers and retailers can provide members of Congress with their thoughts and suggestions on how to sustain and improve our poultry industries," said Bishop.

Other members of the Congressional Chicken Caucus include: Reid Ribble, R-Wis.; Austin Scott, R-Ga.; Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.; Andy Harris, R-Md.; Tim Griffin, R-Ark.; Jim Costa, D-Calif.; Gregg Harper, R-Miss.; Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss.; Bill Cassidy, R-La.; and Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

Companies involved in the production and processing of chicken provide 1,049,800 total jobs, including 25,000 family farmers, that pay $49.1 billion in wages to families throughout the country, generate over $205.5 billion in annual economic impact and about $17.9 billion in taxes.