News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

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.

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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Religion not off-limits to animal rights activists

Activists claim that eating meat and poultry is not consistent with Christianity
It’s no secret that some animal rights activists are so passionate about their beliefs that people shouldn’t eat meat that they will try just about any avenue to try to convince others to adopt their way of thinking.
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Is another major chicken wing campaign coming?

Buffalo Wild Wings notices substantial increase in chicken wings in cold storage, suspecting some company is planning a wing promotion
Is a leading U.S. restaurant chain preparing to launch a national campaign in which chicken wings will be the featured menu item?
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Herbruck’s deserves applause for transparency

Egg company’s intention to expand in Pennsylvania shouldn’t surprise neighbors
All too often, when a company wants to locate or expand in a certain geographical area, the people who live near there don’t learn of it until a related hearing makes its way onto the agenda of a local zoning board, city council or county commission.
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Chew and Swallow: UEP, Mike Rowe partners in PR project

Website educates consumers about the origins of their food in an entertaining way
Television star Mike Rowe, United Egg Producers (UEP) President Chad Gregory and dairy farmers Mike and Sue McCloskey all have one thing in common: They want people to be knowledgeable and appreciative of the people who raise their foods.
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Duvall brings poultry viewpoint to American Farm Bureau

Recently elected as president of American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall brings first-hand knowledge of poultry production to post
When American Farm Bureau Federation elected Vincent “Zippy” Duvall as its president in January, the nation’s largest grassroots farm and ranch organization gained a leader with personal experience in the poultry industry.
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