Poultry is big business in Georgia.  In fact, broiler chickens are the state’s number one agricultural commodity, valued at nearly $4.5 billion, and Georgia produces more chicken than any state in the U.S.  And over the past decade business has been good, with both chicken demand and prices increasing by over 10%.  But as with any big business there comes some big scandals, which is exactly what two executives from Georgia-based Claxton Poultry Farms have found themselves in.  Mikell Fries and Scott Brady this week were indicted by a federal grand jury of price rigging to suppress competition between 2012 and 2017, a serious crime that could see them facing up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine.  2020 has been rough for everyone, but for these criminal chicken execs it is SINKING big time.


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