"It's critical in Arkansas," said Poultry Federation President Marvin Childers. "Some growers are saying it's taking three times as much gas as it has in the past."
Childers believes the blame lays solely on the weather. Cold snaps this winter continue to break producers everywhere in half. Last week Governor Mike Beebe declared an emergency situation, lifting restrictions on transporting propane. But its prices continue to rise.
A week ago a gallon went for $1.79. In less than a week it reached nearly $4, with rumors predicting upwards of $5 by mid-week.
"With gas anywhere from $3.90 to $5.00, it just becomes almost impossible for the growers to break even," Childers said.
But why you ask, does all this matter to you? Well when it's no longer economical for farmers to produce, the poultry supply has the potential to go down. When that happens, the price for chicken at the counter can go up.
"This is something that can happen in just a matter of a few short weeks."