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Nobody ever thinks of category killer ideas when it comes to chicken. So, when you can't reinvent the chicken wheel in the form of recipes and food preparation, the only other option is to change the way the chicken is raised and produced on the farm. And believe it or not, chicken coop lighting plays a big role in farmers' bottom lines.Lighting has proved to be such an important component that many of the largest chicken processors including Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) and Pilgrim's Pride (NYSE:PPC) have requested their suppliers switch to the LED lighting.  Some studies have shown chickens to gain an extra pound when raised under LED lighting.  And, add in the cost savings of using the LED bulbs—some 50 to 90% —you can see why Tyson and Pilgrims are turning to this simple solution.Margins in the chicken category for Tyson and Pilgrim's are now at all-time highs.  As a matter of fact, Tyson Foods' 5.3% margin on chicken processing is higher than its beef and pork divisions.  And, with chic...

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