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on February 6, 2018

Top 10 poultry stories, blogs of January

See what topics were the most popular in the poultry industry in January

Learn what 10 poultry-related stories and blogs were read the most on WATTAgNet during the month of January.


1. Ex-Tyson CEO: Don’t let ‘Orson Welles’ tell story of ag

Today’s consumers are cynical and gullible, so people in the agriculture industry need to make sure the messages being heard are accurate, said Donnie Smith, former CEO of Tyson Foods.

2. BLOG: Agriculture under a President Oprah Winfrey

Ever since media mogul Oprah Winfrey made her speech at the Golden Globes ceremony several weeks ago, there has been speculation about whether she will consider a run for president in 2020.

3. BLOG: 7 quotes from President Trump to Farm Bureau

The words of U.S. President Donald Trump in his address to the American Farm Bureau Federation on January 8, appeared to resonate with his audience, drawing heavy applause and approval of some of the changes going on in the nation’s capital.

4. Avian flu returns to Japan, Turkey

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported in Japan for the first time this winter, and new outbreaks have been confirmed in poultry in Bangladesh, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey.

5. Sanderson Farms employee shoots co-worker, self

An employee at the Sanderson Farms poultry plant in Collins, Mississippi, was hospitalized after being shot in the back by a co-worker on January 22.

6. BLOG: Tyson’s Donnie Smith retires in style, helping Rwandans

After a successful and storied career with Tyson Foods, Donnie Smith, the company’s former president and CEO, had more than earned the right to retire and spend his time paying attention to other interests.

7. Second suit accuses poultry companies of price fixing

Winn-Dixie Stores and its sister grocery chain Bi-Lo has filed a lawsuit against major broiler companies in the United States, accusing them of conspiring to fix the price of chicken over the past ten years.

8. The real costs of antibiotic-free, slow-growing broilers

A future with only antibiotic-free and slow-growing broilers would be harder on the environment and the economy.

9. BLOG: Animal agriculture lost many good leaders in 2017

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to reflect on the previous year, as well as pay tribute to the people we lost in the previous year.

10. Cal-Maine: Undercover video showed ‘isolated incident’

Cal-Maine Foods has taken corrective action and has been cooperating with the investigations of state and county officials after the company was targeted by an animal rights activist in a video depicting mistreatment of hens at its egg production facility in Lake Wales, Florida.

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