My state adopted the USDA's requirements for processing chicken meat with the exception of having an inspector present on butcher days. Of which means that I would have to put down a copious amount of money to build a state of the art processing facility to legally sell chicken. Mobile units are allowed for custom processing only (not for sale). I would be exempt from USDA inspection as long as I stay under 20,000 birds of my own raising. But if the state's requirements are nearly identical to the USDA's, then what am I really exempt from? The USDA even allows more freedom to do other things such as butchering birds for other growers, sell out of state ect. I find that the state's requirement for poultry processing is a huge disadvantage for small growers like myself. There is hardly enough money in growing and selling the chicken without the added expense of a costly facility. I believe that successful businesses become successful from starting very small and simple then building up to a large scale, or the owners are independently wealthy and have the funds to start and sustain a business until it starts making money. An exemption from state inspection would make things much more realistic for a small chicken businesses to begin and grow. Perhaps an exemption from state inspection if farmers produce under 5,000 of their own raising. I understand that these laws were set in place for public safety, but they are awfully one sided. There needs to be better mediation between consumer and producer. Perhaps encouraging the consumer to investigate the safety of their food would have a positive effect for local economy and society. I'm thinking of writing a letter to the governor and/or commissioner of the my states department of agriculture concerning chicken processing. Is there any body else that you would suggest? I have never written a letter to a government official before, so what would be an ideal format, or what kind of convictions should I include? Is there anything else that I can do? Please give me your thoughts and any suggestions. Thank You edited: effect instead of affect?