New association wants to help poultry growers

January 25, 2019
Michael Wise of the South Carolina Poultry Association speaks about the benefits of membership.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Poultry growers in this state have a new advocate.

The South Carolina Poultry Growers Association is approximately 18 months old but is gaining new members, according to Michael Wise, the organization’s founder.

“There have been some effects from the recent storms,” he said. “Sanderson Farms had 60 houses flooded. But I don’t think the storms have affected South Carolina as much as North Carolina.”

While it is new, Wise said, the association is prepared.

“We support all the growers,” he said. “We want to be there as a voice. If there is a problem, we are there to help solve that problem.”

Wise said they are prepared to advocate for issues such as insurance rates, uniting the poultry industry better and build membership.

“We want to have a voice in insurance, labor and get them better benefits,” he said.

Wise also likes the contacts the show provides.

“This is a Pee Dee show, and we come in contact with a lot of different people like banks, suppliers, implement dealers,” he said.

Wise’s business background is from his years with SCE&G. But he has been in the poultry industry since 2008.

He’s self-employed and loving it.

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