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.

Is ex-ag secretary too relaxed on presidential candidates?

Ed Schafer says neither Trump nor Clinton have a solid understanding of agriculture but says government’s checks and balances will assure all is OK
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer recently said neither of the major party candidates for president have a firm understanding of agriculture or of rural America, but still asserts that “we are not going to wreck our country,” if either is elected.
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Animal activist Anita Krajnc: Thug, buffoon or both?

Antics and multiple arrests show apparent lack of respect for police and courts
While wanting to prevent pigs, chickens or other animals from suffering is a noble cause, when a person’s actions to get that point across break the law and become a drain on legal system resources, perhaps things have been taken too far.
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House of Raeford implementing change in kids’ lives

Poultry company’s donation of farm implement helps inner city kids learn lessons and values
Most of the top poultry companies in the United States perform philanthropic acts that help their communities, but something about the latest gesture of kindness from House of Raeford Farms brought a smile to my face.
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It’s not bad to be an ‘anti-animal rights activist’

Media depiction of Protect the Harvest founder and Secretary of the Interior hopeful puts a bad spin on a noble ambition
Media outlets have reported that Donald Trump is considering Protect the Harvest founder Forrest Lucas as his pick for Secretary of the Interior, should Trump win the United States presidency.
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Consumer-driven claim on cage-free eggs outdated

It may have earlier sounded good to say consumers prefer cage-free eggs, but how does it sound now?
During the first four months of 2016, there was a barrage of corporate announcements where the companies were revealing their plans to transition into selling and serving only cage-free eggs.
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PETA chicken memorial idea trivializes human fatalities

Animal rights group wants to erect a stone to memorialize chickens that were lost in a highway crash
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is pushing to have a stone memorial erected at the site where a truck transporting chickens crashed and an unknown number of those chickens died.
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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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