News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Articles by Gary Thornton

POULTRY HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY

Veterinarians seek dialogue in debate over antimicrobial resistance

Poultry and livestock veterinarians at the antibiotics symposium sponsored by the National Institute of Animal Agriculture advocated a one health approach to dealing with antimicrobial resistance.
Poultry and livestock veterinarians at the antibiotics symposium sponsored by the National Institute of Animal Agriculture advocated a one health approach to dealing with antimicrobial resistance.
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EXPORT OUTLOOK 2013

China, Africa important to US poultry's trade success in 2013

A reopening of China to US poultry has proved elusive for US producers. Will trade there resume in 2013? Jim Sumner, president, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, answers questions about trade opportunities.
A reopening of China to U.S. poultry has proved elusive for U.S. producers. Will trade there resume in 2013? Jim Sumner, president, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, answers questions about trade opportunities.
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EDITOR'S COMMENT

Conventional wisdom about antimicrobial resistance warrants skepticism

Conventional wisdom points the finger of blame at the use of antibiotics in poultry and livestock production in the development of antimicrobial resistance in humans. That is an oversimplification of a complex problem.
Conventional wisdom points the finger of blame at the use of antibiotics in poultry and livestock production in the development of antimicrobial resistance in humans. That is an oversimplification of a complex problem.
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POULTRY INDUSTRY ECONOMICS

Why the US poultry industry will be stronger after 2013's economic storm

There’s room for both pessimism and optimism about the US poultry industry’s economic future headed into 2013. It all depends on a poultry company’s cost structure, balance sheet and planning horizon.
There’s room for both pessimism and optimism about the U.S. poultry industry’s economic future headed into 2013. It all depends on a poultry company’s cost structure, balance sheet and planning horizon.
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Ships with ethanol passing in the night and other economic madness

One ship headed north to the U.S. is loaded with Brazilian ethanol made from sugar cane. The other ship headed south to Brazil is loaded with U.S.-produced corn ethanol. Unfortunately, it is no joke but an example of how government’s intervention in economic markets seldom turns out well. The facts about this trade are not new but surfaced recently in a question to Purdue University’s Dr. Wallace Tyner, who was speaking at the National Chicken Council meeting about EPA’s pending decision concerning a possible waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard for corn ethanol in 2013.
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THE COMPETTION FOR CORN TAKES A NEW TWIST

RFS waiver for corn ethanol: Would it benefit poultry producers?

The ethanol blend wall and the short-fall in cellulosic ethanol production may become more crucial to poultry producers than today’s controversy over a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The ethanol blend wall and the short-fall in cellulosic ethanol production may become more crucial to poultry producers than today’s controversy over a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Whether or not there will be a waiver in 2013 of the Renewable Fuel Standard for ethanol produced from corn is to be decided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by November 13.
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EDITOR’S COMMENT

Will Africa’s growing urban population have a taste for US poultry?

US poultry producers, keen to find new markets, have an eye on the growth in Africa’s urban population and its discretionary spending.
Industry economists and consultants are saying that Africa might soon become an important destination for U.S. poultry products. Africa’s growth accelerated after 2000, making it the world’s third-fastest growing region behind emerging Asia and the Middle East. Growing disposable incomes on the continent, as people begin to move upward on the economic ladder, make this region of the world a prime market for inexpensive poultry protein. By 2020 more than half of African households will have discretionary spending power.
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