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When it was announced Friday afternoon that Pilgrim’s Pride had accepted an $80 million offer for its chicken processing plant in Farmerville, the collective sigh of relief that rose from our area was unmistakable.

For three weeks, residents in Union Parish and the surrounding parishes, including Lincoln, have been anxiety-ridden as they heard news of Pilgrim’s Pride’s plan to idle the plant, then watched as the company rejected offer after offer from Foster Farms and the state.

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