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US ag free trade campaign focuses on export opportunities

Farmers for Free Trade campaign to ensure US agriculture industry does not suffer from lack of export activity
As a former U.S. ambassador to China, Max Baucus has seen firsthand the demand for agricultural products there. But will countries other than the United States be filling that demand?
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Vital Farms video disparages cage-free egg production

A somewhat humorous video illustrates the messy side of letting the marketplace sort out how laying hens are housed.
An online video released by pasture-raised egg producer Vital Farms purports to tell the difference between pasture-raised and cage-free eggs. A commonly used vulgarity to describe bovine feces is “bleeped out” when it is used over and over to describe eggs produced in cage-free barns, or the pasture-raised eggs which are said to be bovine-feces free.
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Bettcher Industries announces investment from Morgenthaler Private Equity

Bettcher Industries has partnered with MPE Partners in a move that increases the company’s ability to grow and expand its businesses; current management team remains unchanged
Bettcher Industries, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer of food processing, foodservice equipment and medical devices, announced Oct. 4 that it has received a significant equity investment from Morgenthaler Private Equity as part of a recapitalization transaction.
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Pilgrim's Pride closes $850 million senior unsecured notes offering

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation announced Sept. 29 it has closed an offering of $850.0 million in aggregate principal amount of notes consisting of $250.0 million in aggregate principal amount of additional 5.750% senior unsecured notes due 2025 and $600.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.875% senior unsecured notes due 2027.
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