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Thousands of chicks arrive dead to farmers amid USPS turmoil

Thousands of chicks arrive dead to farmers amid USPS turmoil
Posted at 10:24 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 16:01:25-04

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says at least 4,800 chicks shipped to Maine farmers through the U.S. Postal Service have arrived dead in the recent weeks since rapid cuts hit the federal mail carrier’s operations.

The Portland Press Herald reported Wednesday that Pingree is raising the issue of the dead chicks in a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sonny Perdue.

DeJoy, a Republican donor, took control of the agency in June and has since swiftly engineered cuts and operational changes that are disrupting mail delivery operations.

The USPS says it can’t find a claim for the loss of chicks.