- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina poultry growers who want to join the National Poultry Improvement Plan and get a registration number are facing a fee.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says growers will have to pay a $50 registration fee plus 10 cents per bird tested beginning Wednesday.

Growers with an existing registration number will need to pay a $10 annual recertification fee and pay 10 cents per bird tested to maintain their status. The fees were set by the General Assembly this summer to help cover costs incurred by the department to administer the program.

The program,was established in the 1930s to improve poultry and poultry products on a national level and to eliminate Salmonella pullorum, which caused up to 80 percent mortality in young flocks.


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