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Information on global poultry, pig and animal feed markets.

Animal Agribusiness Angle

Roy Graber, staff reporter for WATTAgNet, combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

Maple Leaf Foods finds fitting spokesperson for protein

Hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser brings authority to message of getting protein through meat and poultry
Celebrity spokespeople have been around for generations, but once in a while, you learn of one who is actually authoritative on the topic being promoted and can have a meaningful influence.
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Hot under the collar over COOL

Looming tariffs on U.S. goods could and should have been avoided
The news that the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that Canada and Mexico could place more than $1 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods was upsetting.
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Quick video shares much about animal antibiotic use

Video released by the Center for Accountability in Science debunks common myths about antibiotics in animal production
If you’ve ever been in a debate about antibiotics in animal production, you may have spent what seemed like a lot of time explaining that responsible use of antibiotics to prevent or treat disease is a good thing and that there are no antibiotic residues in the food you eat.
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Hormel Foods eager to revitalize Jennie-O Turkey Store

Company ready to return to normalized volumes, profitability during second half of 2016, provided avian influenza stays away
The second half of fiscal year 2015 hasn’t been easy for Hormel Foods subsidiary Jennie-O Turkey Store, but Hormel executives are hopeful the business segment can be revitalized during the second half of 2016.
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10 details you may not know about presidents and turkeys

Unofficial, self-appointed presidential turkey historian shares knowledge of the National Thanksgiving Turkey
Most U.S. presidential historians tend to focus most of their attention on topics such as foreign policy or economic policy. Ira Brill, however, has a much more specialized area of expertise.
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CEO: Hain Pure Protein segment ‘is on fire’

Hain Pure Protein plans to add new broiler plant and is expecting strong turkey sales for upcoming holidays
Hain Celestial President and CEO Irwin Simon indicated less than two month ago that he expects the company he oversees to become a growing player in the U.S. poultry industry. Speaking again during the company’s quarterly earnings call on November 5, he backed up those words, revealing that plans for a new poultry plant are in the works.
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Is Subway harming itself with no-antibiotics policy?

Those who live in farming communities are unhappy with Subway over plan to cut antibiotics from meat supply
When sandwich restaurant chain Subway announced recently its would eliminate antibiotics of any kind from its U.S. chicken, turkey, pork and beef supplies, it turned a lot of heads, and many of those heads belong to people with a solid understanding of animal agriculture. Simply put, farmers are not pleased.
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Hickman’s Family Farms showcased well on ‘Dirty Jobs’

Segment should leave viewers feeling good about where their eggs are raised and processed
When Mike Rowe and his crew for the Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs” went to a Hickman’s Family Farms egg facility in Arizona, Rowe stated “Not everybody is comfortable seeing exactly where their food comes from.”
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Trans-Pacific Partnership deal yields relief, concern

A new period of waiting is here as a vote from US Congress isn’t likely until 2016
International negotiators brought to an end more than five years of talks when they convened in Atlanta and on October 5 approved an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
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Record pig numbers demonstrate resilience after PEDv

USDA report shows hogs and pigs inventory, market hog inventory recovered to historically high levels
Two years ago, we were continually reading and reporting about the latest cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in the United States. The virus, which caused widespread losses in the U.S. pig industry after first entering the United States in 2013, has sure received a lot less attention in recent months, but a look at the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report proves that PEDv needs to be brought to people’s attention once again.
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