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and animal feed industries.

Animal Agribusiness Angle

Roy Graber, staff reporter for WATTAgNet, combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

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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7 quotes from President Trump to Farm Bureau

President delivers keynote address to American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention
The words of U.S. President Donald Trump in his address to the American Farm Bureau Federation on January 8, appeared to resonate with his audience, drawing heavy applause and approval of some of the changes going on in the nation’s capital.
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Will Qdoba be freed from ‘animal welfare’ commitments?

Supply chain pledges made by parent company will no longer apply to Mexican restaurant company under new ownership
You won’t find Qdoba’s name in a lot of WATTAgNet news items, but those that do include it pretty much have one thing in common: they are all related to commitments for its animal protein supply chain.
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