Application withdrawn for giant poultry farm in Chatham County
Apply for a USDA loan for a proposed chicken farm near Goldston in Chatham County has been withdrawn, raising questions as to whether the massive operation will be built.
Policy Watch learned of the withdrawal after asking USDA for its final environmental assessment of the project.
This assessment was under preparation, but will not be completed now that the agency is not backing the loan.
The USDA representative said she could not provide a copy of the takedown request for confidentiality reasons.
Due to restrictive state and federal disclosure policies, the farmer’s name has been removed from public records. However, some of the writing was done poorly, revealing the farmer’s name as Kyle Jackson Fields.
He already raises more than 100,000 birds in three barns on nearby Bear Creek Road for Mountaire Farms, according to Chatham County property records.
Fields was looking for a loan to build four barns, each 66 feet by 400 feet, and capable of holding 40,000 broilers each, which he would also raise for Mountaire. The company has a large slaughterhouse 10 miles away in Siler City.
Because the farm would run its flocks, Fields could have raised up to 750,000 broilers each year.
The USDA Farm Service Agency is in charge of the loan. The amount is not specified in public documents, but guaranteed federal policy ceilings operating loans of $ 1.75 million. The USDA offers FSA-guaranteed loans to lenders who work with farmers who cannot borrow from conventional banks.
The farm was reportedly built on property owned by Watson Place, LLC, which is managed by State Senator Tom McInnis of Richmond County. Most poultry farms in the state are not required to register or obtain a permit from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, so there is a possibility that the farm could still be built, but without a loan guaranteed by the federal government.