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Jamesway names Chris Omiecinski president

Ian MacKinnon resigns as president of incubator company after 11-year tenure
Chris Omiecinski has been named president of Jamesway Incubator Company. He is replacing Dr. Ian MacKinnon, who resigned as president earlier in January.
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Novogen, Wincorp sign distribution agreement

Agreement involves the distribution of NOVOgen Brown and NOVOgen White layers
Novogen and Hubbard have entered into a strategic agreement with Wincorp International for the distribution of the NOVOgen Brown and NOVOgen White layers in multiple states in the U.S.
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US agriculture deputy secretary Harden resigns

Krysta Harden had previously served USDA with Office of Congressional Relations and as agriculture secretary’s chief of staff
U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden is resigning her position, effective the end of February. She announced her resignation on January 21.
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Hendrix Genetics acquires minority interest in Vepymo

Agreement expected to enhance companies’ collaboration regarding breeding and distribution of Hendrix brands
Hendrix Genetics is acquiring a 20 percent minority interest in Vepymo, an exclusive distributor of Hendrix Genetics for the Isa, Bovans and Dekalb brands.
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Poultry Industry Hall of Fame to induct 4 members

Shai Barbut, Glenn W. Froning, Andrew R. Rhorer and Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton to be inducted at ceremony during IPPE
The four inductees into the Poultry Industry Hall of Fame for 2016 are Shai Barbut, Glenn W. Froning, Andrew R. Rhorer, and Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton. They will be inducted at a ceremony held the International Poultry & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, on January 27, at 1:30 p.m. in room B-201 of the Georgia World Congress Center.
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All flocks hit by avian flu in Indiana euthanized

Depopulation has been completed at 10 turkey farms with confirmed avian influenza detections and another nearby layer farm deemed at risk
Depopulation procedures have been completed at 11 farms in Dubois County, Indiana, after the presence of H7N8 avian influenza had been detected at 10 of those farms.
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Avian flu control zone expanded in Indiana

Animal health officials survey birds beyond customary 10-kilometer area
In an effort to better control the possible spread of H7N8 avian influenza in Indiana, veterinary officials have expanded the control zone beyond the typical 10-kilometer or 6.2-mile radius that is customary with avian influenza infections.
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Cobb-Vantress building feed mill in South Carolina

Construction of feed mill expected to be completed in 2017
Cobb-Vantress plans to begin construction on a new feed mill in Joanna, South Carolina early in 2016, with completion planned for mid-2017. The company intends to invest $22 million for the project.
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France steps up avian flu control measures

As export markets are lost over avian influenza fears, France is getting more vigilant with control measures
Following consultation with the health authorities and the poultry industry, French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll announced that no ducklings are to be placed on farms in the avian influenza-affected regions with effect from January 18.
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APHIS: Avian flu vaccination not in immediate plans

Official says vaccination would only be used if deemed necessary to help in containing spread of avian influenza
The recent discovery of H7N8 avian influenza in ten Indiana turkey flocks has not posed a great enough threat to the U.S. poultry industry for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to consider avian influenza vaccination.
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