66 Supporting Our Farm Family Partners The majority of our chickens and turkeys are raised on local farms by more than 2,200 independent farmers contracted to care for our poultry on their farms. Our poultry house contracts are designed to help insulate farmers from most of the financial risks associated with raising chickens and turkeys – including volatile markets – while providing year-round farm income and rewarding top performance. Those contracts were developed with input from our farmers and written in plain English, and they include provisions for peer review to resolve issues between the company and our farmers. The Sensenig Family The Contract Growing Relationship Perdue has been contracting with farmers to raise our poultry since the 1950s. Many of the farm families raising our chickens have been with our company across multiple generations, with sons and daughters deciding to build poultry houses based on the experiences of their parents and grandparents. Our ability to attract new farmers is dependent upon the trust we earn within the farm community. Farmers are paid for raising the chickens, with higher pay going to those who are most efficient. A contract poultry operation is like any other business in that farmers need to reinvest in their operations to remain competitive. In addition, standards related to food safety, bird health and welfare and environmental stewardship change over time as a result of, among other things, advances in animal husbandry, changing consumer and customer expectations and new laws and regulations. However, Perdue often provides no-interest financing and other incentives to assist farmers with necessary upgrades. Under the contract growing relationship: Perdue delivers day-old chicks to the farms and provides feed, veterinary care and advice. Our flock advisors, veterinarians and poultry care officers – backed by an advanced team of scientists and laboratory technicians working with leading research and analytical equipment – assist our farmers. Perdue maintains ownership of the chickens, and the farmers are responsible for providing housing that meets Perdue’s standards, and caring for the birds. PEOPLE & PARTNERS: OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS & COMPANY