What 10 poultry-related news articles on WATTAgNet.com were read more than any others during December 2018? Find out below.

1. 40,000 Maryland chickens culled over avian flu fears

About 40,000 chickens have been culled at commercial poultry farm in Wicomico County, Maryland, after the flock was experiencing higher than normal mortality.

2. Elanco Animal Health plans to restructure

Elanco Animal Health is in the process of restructuring, in an effort to streamline its international operations.

3. Ex-Tyson CEO Tom Hayes getting $6.35 million severance

Tom Hayes, former president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Tyson Foods, will be getting a severance package valued at approximately $6.35 million, according to a proxy statement filed by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

4. Virulent Newcastle disease found in commercial poultry

Virulent Newcastle disease (vND) has been confirmed in a commercial chicken flock in Riverside County, California, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on December 15.

5. United States Senate passes 2018 farm bill

The United States Senate by an 87-13 vote on December 11 approved the farm bill, known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

6. Trump signs 2018 US farm bill into law

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the 2018 farm bill into law during a ceremony on December 20.

7. Sanderson Farms to pause before building another plant

Sanderson Farms, the third largest broiler company in the United States, has grown rapidly this decade through the addition of new poultry processing plants.

8. Bill seeks delay of Michigan cage-free law effective date

The Michigan House of Representatives, by a 79-29 vote, has approved legislation that would postpone the effective date of a previously passed law that would require that all eggs produced in the state come from cage-free laying systems.

9. Sofina Foods charged in chicken abuse case

As a result of an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), 38 charges under the Health of Animals Regulations were filed against Elite Farm Services Ltd., Dwayne Paul Dueck, and Sofina Foods Inc.

10. Harrison Poultry breaks ground on new feed mill, hatchery

Bethlehem, Georgia-based poultry processor Harrison Poultry has broken ground on a new feed mill and hatchery in Crawfordsville, Georgia.