The Stone Mountain-based USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and a Russian poultry company, ZAO Elinar, have secured good economic relations between Georgia and Russian markets through a recent joint venture broiler project that teaches other Russian poultry companies about cutting-edge poultry industry technology.

The two organizations started a state-of-the-art poultry broiler farm some 45 miles outside Moscow in an effort to dissuade the Russian government from putting restrictions on U.S. imports of poultry products.

          “We have helped keep markets open for U.S. poultry in Russia,” said Henry Holler, chairman of the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program board at a press conference at the International Poultry Exposition, Jan. 18, at the World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The idea for a joint venture resulted from the Russian poultry ban of 1996. Forty-percent of U.S poultry exports, at the time, were going to Russia, and Russia feared this would undermine the domestic industry, so it banned imports. The joint venture is a means of boosting domestic poultry production.

          The USAPEEC is an association of 33 poultry processing companies that comprise more than 85 percent of U.S. broiler production. For more information, contact Toby Moore, director of communications at the USAPEEC at (770) 413-0007. For the full text, see