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7, 1996 The PERKINS JOURNAL This newspaper is dedicated to the memories of Dr. K V. and Bea Clark (USPS 42 8040) Published every Thursday at 122 S. Main Box 40 Perkins, OK 74059 405-547-241 I Rick and Kathy Clark Publishers The publishers are solely responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the pub- lishers. Office hours: 9-6, Mon.&Tues CLOSED WEDNESDAY CAPITOL Poultry g B,, B-II'IF claim they're 'slaves' By Jim Campbell, OPA Capitol News Bureau Some contract poultry growers claim terms dictated by big integrated food companies have made them slaves to debt. They'd like a legislative fix, unlikely at this point. There is sym- pathy in the Senate Agriculture .Committee, which conducted an interim hearing, but has no solution. "It was determined by the committee that we did not need to be trying to legislate contracts, said Sen. Jack Bell D-Idabel. Bell's 1995 bill entitlin ne remains m may work against a grower who has cashed in and spent $250,000 to start. "You find yourself in debt and also "After 10 years you might find out you aren't ever of debt. And if you try to sell your farm the company says it may cost you $60,000 for improvements." Marinell Strain, secretary of the Oklahoma Growers, wrote an open appeal for help to Bell. He islature becomes involved in contracts for one group it to do it for others, such as lumber growers. Meanw .h J numbers of people becoming poultry growers is increasi .. One of the largest companies, Tyson, employs more'. people at a plant in his district. HHH The 'Ryan Luke' child abuse bill is "the sin tant kind of work we can do to protect our children" author Laura Boyd, D-Norman. The bill is headed and an eventual conference committee. It's named tot who died after a judge awarded l