ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A seven-year ban on importing Virginia poultry has been lifted in China, which may have a big impact in the Valley.
Governor Terry McAuliffe said that lifting this ban could mean possibly more than $20 million a year in exports for Virginia, which means more business for chicken farms. Most full-time farmers in the area are either dairy farmers or poultry farmers.
The ban was put in place in 2007 when an outbreak of Avian Flu at a turkey farm cost Virginia poultry farmers access to Chinese markets.
The lifting of this ban means more demand and possibly more jobs in the poultry business as well as expansion.
Charlie Garber, a local poultry grower, said foreign markets mean big business, "The domestic demand for poultry is fairly constant. So any real increases in sales will have to come from foreign markets. Any time you open up a major foreign market like China, that's a huge boom to the industry."
Garber also added that there will be a demand for other chicken parts, like chicken feet, more so than here in America. As a result, they'll be able to sell those things for a higher price.
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