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.

Animal activists attack McDonald’s over broiler welfare

Compassion in World Farming claims to be ‘working closely with McDonald’s’ but instead launches a campaign that accuses chain of insufficient welfare standards
Despite having announced a broiler welfare policy in October 2017, McDonald’s has been targeted by a coalition of six animal rights groups, who are pushing the fast-food chain to “do better for chickens.”
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Senators, including Ted Cruz, praising Bill Northey

After lengthy delay fueled by ethanol debate, Iowa secretary of agriculture is confirmed to USDA leadership post
U.S. senators, including Ted Cruz, are saying good things about the confirmation of Bill Northey as the under secretary of agriculture for farm production and conservation.
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Iowa egg legislation an example worth following

If Iowa passes bill requiring stores to carry conventional eggs, and others follow suit, the consumers will triumph over the activists
A bill has been proposed in Iowa that would require stores that sell eggs to make sure conventional eggs are available. Other states should do the same.
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A second 1988 for poultry industry wouldn’t be the same

Industry-wide shift to slower-growing broilers could bring about the need for additional 4 million tons of feed and over 6,700 additional chicken houses
It would not be realistic for the chicken industry to revert back to the type of breeds used in 1988, a leading poultry industry economist says.
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USPOULTRY chair: Sonny Perdue nice fit for ag secretary

USPOULTRY Chairman Tom Hensley gives glowing recommendation for agriculture secretary, who spoke at IPPE
One of Tom Hensley’s first duties as chairman of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) was to introduce U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to attendees of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
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Agriculture under a President Oprah Winfrey

Texas cattlemen court case, vegan experiment, Meatless Mondays pledge are all causes for concern
Ever since media mogul Oprah Winfrey made her speech at the Golden Globes ceremony several weeks ago, there has been speculation about whether she will consider a run for president in 2020.
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Tyson’s Donnie Smith retires in style, helping Rwandans

Through African Sustainable Agriculture Project Foundation, Donnie Smith has helped develop broiler, egg and feed facilities in Rwanda
After a successful and storied career with Tyson Foods, Donnie Smith, the company’s former president and CEO, had more than earned the right to retire and spend his time paying attention to other interests.
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