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Roy Graber

Roy Graber

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Wastewater treatment facility approved for Tyson plant

Planning board gives nod to treatment facility for Tyson’s AdvancePierre Foods operations in Vineland, New Jersey
Tyson Foods subsidiary Advance Pierre Foods can proceed with the construction of an improved wastewater treatment system to support its operations in Vineland, New Jersey.
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Cell-cultured food company to build plant in Israel

Future Meat Technologies completes US$14 million round of funding, plans to begin production at new plant in 2020

Future Meat Technologies, an Israel-based cell-cultured food company, completed a US$14 million funding round that will help the company build a new production facility near Tel Aviv.

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Alleged poultry worker wage fixing lawsuits combined

Federal judge opts to consolidate two lawsuits against top poultry companies because of ‘substantial similarity of the parties and claims’
Two lawsuits that allege the top poultry companies of the United States conspired to fix wages for poultry plant workers were consolidated in a Maryland federal court.
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US Senate members want JBS transactions investigated

Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez write to US treasury secretary, requesting an investigation be conducted
U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez have requested that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) conduct a formal review of the transactions involving U.S. companies that were made over the past 12 years by Brazilian meat and poultry company JBS.
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Infographic: GAP broiler standard commitments

List of companies pledging to source broilers raised according to Global Animal Partnership standards growing
While the pace has slowed down, companies continue to change their policies concerning the sourcing of broiler chickens, making pledges to source only slower-growing broiler breeds that are raised according to the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards, and in some cases, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) standards.
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Survey shows favor of prosecuting companies ICE raided

State of the State survey in Mississippi asks questions related to August raids of poultry plants in the state
Following the August 7 raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on poultry plants in Mississippi, a poll was conducted asking voters in the state if they thought undocumented immigrant workers would be allowed to stay, and if the companies targeted in the raids should be prosecuted.
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Production expected to rise in some top turkey states

Overall U.S. turkey production forecast to decline 2% in 2019, but production in some states is expected to actually increase
Turkey production in the United States is expected to decline by 2% in 2019, but in two of the top six turkey producing states, production is forecast to increase.
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Purdue’s Lusk: Poultry, livestock research funds needed

Federal funds for research to improve productivity and health of livestock and poultry would be a good investment, senators are told
Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the Purdue University Department of Agricultural Economics, urged members of the United States Senate to make sure federal funding is available for research to improve the productivity of livestock and poultry.
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