See what articles and blog posts on WATTAgNet attracted the most readers in August 2019.

1. BLOG: Why the Popeye's chicken sandwich is going viral

Austin Alonzo: I couldn’t believe it when I saw it: A chicken sandwich better than Chick-fil-A.

2. Murder-suicide occurs at Plainville Farms facility

A transportation supervisor for turkey company Plainville Farms was fatally shot outside the company’s distribution facility in Oxford Township, Pennsylvania, around 5:23 a.m. August 21.

3. ICE raids occur at Koch Foods, Peco Foods plants

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agency executed multiple federal criminal search warrants at seven agricultural processing plants in Mississippi on August 7, which resulted in the detainment of 680 alleged illegal immigrant workers.

4. Oregon outlaws production, sale of caged eggs

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on August 12 signed into law legislation that would make it illegal for eggs from cage-raised hens to be produced or sold in the state.

5. US has first virulent Newcastle disease case since June

After more than a two-month absence, virulent Newcastle disease (vND) has resurfaced in the United States.

6. Elanco to acquire Bayer’s animal health business

Elanco Animal Health has entered into an agreement with Bayer AG to acquire its animal health business in a transaction valued at US$7.6 billion.

7. BLOG: Who decides the future of US retail cage-free eggs?

Terrence O'Keefe: Haven't the activists already won the battle over how U.S. hens will be housed?

8. BLOG: Might feeding broilers insects affect meat quality?

Mark Clements: Interest continues to grow in the use of insects in poultry and other diets, and while studies continue apace into their nutritional value as a feed ingredient, less attention has been given to the qualities of meat derived from insect-fed broilers.

9. Flexitarian not an ‘f’ word for chicken producers

The growing flexitarian style of eating would seem to be a curse to the meat and poultry industry.

10. BLOG: Don’t write off Julian Castro’s animal welfare plan

Roy Graber: It may seem highly unlikely that Julian Castro will get the Democratic nomination for the presidency, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned about his animal welfare plan.