News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

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.
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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Mike Rowe UEP

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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AFBF Zippy Duvall

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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One Smithfield

Smithfield Foods CEO: We ‘finally got it right’ in 2015

Pork company has experienced great financial success since restructuring through the One Smithfield initiative
It was roughly one year ago when Smithfield Foods announced it was restructuring in what it called the “One Smithfield” initiative. It appears the company’s new CEO couldn’t be more pleased with how the initiative has worked so far.
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Von Miller poultry

Is Von Miller a potential poultry industry MVP?

Super Bowl star hopes for second career in poultry production
Most people who even marginally follow professional football in the United States already know that the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller was named the most valuable player (MVP) during Super Bowl 50. But there is one thing that many people may not know: The guy knows a thing or two about poultry.
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