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.

‘I Love’ former Tyson Foods pitchman Tom T. Hall

Musician who appeared in Tyson television commercials in the early ’80s was recently inducted into Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame
I have met or corresponded with many people affiliated with Tyson Foods as an adult, and I am extremely grateful to have made those connections.
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Lawyers claiming poultry sector collusion have no shame

Self-promotional press releases, inaccurate depiction of modern poultry production put law firms’ credibility in question
Lawsuits alleging the United States’ top poultry companies colluded in an effort to raise the price of chicken continue to be filed, and at the same time, I continue to shake my head.
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Unlikely adversaries: PETA and Impossible Foods

Animal rights group upset because laboratory rats were used to test plant-based burgers
One wouldn’t think that an animal rights group like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) would have a beef with a company that makes plant-based protein products, but that is what has happened.
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Is plant closure bad omen for Global Animal Partnership?

‘Economics’ cited as reason for closure of one plant that processed GAP-certified poultry
The slower-growing broiler and Global Animal Partnership (GAP) movements recently suffered a setback, as it was announced that the Crystal Lake Farms poultry processing plant in Jay, Oklahoma, would be shutting down.
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Trump could use John Mellencamp as an ag adviser

Rock musician knew decades ago that farmers want export markets and strong prices, not government aid
When the Trump administration announced a week ago a $12 billion aid package to help U.S. farmers who have been hurt by tariffs on agricultural goods, a common response by federal lawmakers and agriculture trade groups was that type of financial assistance isn’t really what the farmers want.
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Poultry is now an election issue in Kansas

Gubernatorial candidates for the first time are being asked questions about poultry plants and farms in the state
During election years in Kansas, it is expected that agricultural issues can be discussed. But not until this year had the poultry industry ever entered the conversation.
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Poultry production numbers from July 2018 WASDE report

Learn the latest projections for U.S. broiler and turkey production for 2018 and 2019
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report each month, and that report always includes a lot of interesting statistics.
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Stores filing collusion suits don’t deserve a dime

The problem is these lawsuits are harmful to agricultural businesses; the solution is not supporting the plaintiffs
A growing and disturbing trend appears to be lawsuits in which the plaintiffs are alleging that some of the top companies in animal protein companies are conspiring with one another in order to manipulate prices and raise the costs at the retail level.
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