News and analysis on the global poultry
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Agrifood Angle

Roy Graber combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

Preach beyond choir on Salmonella, backyard poultry

Hundreds of people have become sick from Salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry, but is that message reaching the right people?
There’s something very gratifying about owning your own farm animals and producing your own food. As the backyard poultry craze continues in the U.S., you can see that many people think that way.
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Matt Damon’s chicken-only diet

Actor’s quick weight loss plan shows chicken is a good source of lean protein, as long as it’s not taken to extremes
There’s something that tends to make me nervous whenever I see news concerning celebrities and the consumption of chicken.
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US ag committees get things done, but need more speed

GMO labeling bill, COOL repeal show compromises can be made in Congress, but the pace is often stressfully slow
Back in 2013 when the farm bill was set to expire and there was apprehension regarding whether a new bill would get approved, Mike Johanns, a former U.S. agriculture secretary, expressed his confidence in how ag committee leaders tend to lead when it comes to working together and approving legislation.
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A gold-medal winning effort to cut food waste

Chefs create program that will take food from Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games that might have been wasted and feed those in need
A continuing concern among those in the agriculture industry is how to produce enough food to feed a growing global population.
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Turkey processor’s town embracing immigrant workers

Huron, South Dakota, home of Dakota Provisions, has helped immigrants from Myanmar, and vice versa
In a society where so many U.S. citizens complain about immigrants taking American jobs -- even when they don't want those jobs themselves -- it was refreshing to see a PBS report on how that certainly does not appear to be the case in Huron, South Dakota.
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Elanco making good on antibiotic stewardship promises

Company on track to eliminate all growth promotion uses of shared-class antibiotics globally by the end of 2016
Roughly one year ago, Elanco Animal Health participated in the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship and also released its 8-step plan for antibiotic stewardship.
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Senator: Meatless Mondays have no place in military

Joni Ernst adds amendment to National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 that says those in military should not have their meat choices restricted
I’ve got to hand it to U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. She is not only looking out for the livestock and poultry producers she represents in Washington, but also the people serving in the military that fight for the freedoms and safety we in the country enjoy.
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US driving TPP bus, but passengers may find a new ride

Other participating countries are looking for US to act on trade agreement, but time is running out
It’s been more than eight months since 12 countries reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and more than four months since the participating nations officially signed the agreement during a ceremony in New Zealand.
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Ag committee leaders share organic poultry concerns

On same day leaders from National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers question organic livestock and poultry rule, agriculture committees seek to have its comment period extended
It was pleasing to the see that U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee held its hearing “A review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges” on May 26.
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Kudos to Sanderson Farms for becoming debt-free

Poultry company is pleased to have erased its debt, but its primary aim is to continue to provide value to its shareholders
My hat goes off to Sanderson Farms, which during the first half of fiscal year 2016 accomplished something so many companies – or families – strive to do.
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Unusual suspects in avian influenza’s spread

APHIS says rabbits and skunks can carry the virus and infect birds
A lot of research has been done regarding possible sources that can spread avian influenza, but scientists from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have conducted studies that point to two sources you may have never considered: rabbits and skunks.
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