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Drought could affect North Ga. poultry industry

UNDATED - The drought could take its toll on North Georgia's poultry industry.

Michael Welch, president and CEO of Harrison Poultry in Bethlehem, said the ongoing drought affecting the Midwest corn crop could lead to a shortage of chickens for consumers.

He said the poultry industry already experienced problems due to the economy and high corn prices last year.

"Thousands of jobs were lost, hundreds of farmers were not able to grow chickens," Welch said. "A repeat scenario could be repeated in 2013."

Chicken feed is composed mostly of corn, which has been devastated by the Midwest drought.

"Very short corn crop will undoubtedly prove to be devastating to the animal agriculture industry, food manufacturers, food service providers and consumers, not just in the United States, but in the entire world."

Poultry is a major industry in North Georgia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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