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.
Olympic Food Waste

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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avian flu

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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Little Caesars

Most top fast food chains have policies on antibiotics

American Customer Satisfaction Index shows what restaurants provide best dining experience, but what are those chains’ stances on antibiotic use?
Perhaps now more than ever, restaurant chains are having more of an influence on how U.S. farmers raise poultry and livestock.
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Elanco antibiotic stewardship

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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Sen. Joni Ernst

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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Organic poultry

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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Sanderson Farms debt-free

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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Avian influenza skunks

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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Christian Animal Rights

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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Buffalo Wild Wings

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 Poultry Ranch

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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