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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.

Kansas may have missed Tyson, but isn’t giving up

Tyson Foods and other companies now know Kansas communities are serious about wanting to attract a new broiler complex, Kansas Department of Agriculture spokeswoman says
When Tyson Foods announced last week that it would build its new poultry complex in Humboldt, Tennessee, it was certainly disappointing to many people in Kansas that hoped the company would choose to expand into the Sunflower State.
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Life as a presidential turkey seems pretty good

At every stage of their lives, presidential turkeys are treated well and make people happy
For more than two centuries, children in the United States have said that they wanted to someday be the president. And while it seems unlikely that young poults have dreams of someday becoming a presidential turkey, maybe they should.
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Meatless Mondays in Brooklyn may be just the start

Press release announcing Meatless Mondays at 15 Brooklyn schools leaves reason to believe officials want other New York schools to follow
The news that 15 schools in Brooklyn will join the Meatless Mondays movement this spring is worthy of attention in and of itself, but what if other schools in New York follow that lead?
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Broiler welfare: Which stunning method is more humane?

Controlled atmosphere stunning is being touted as better for animal welfare than electrical stunning, but industry experts are not presently endorsing one method over another
Controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) is being pitched as a more humane alternative to electrical stunning of chickens and turkeys prior to slaughter, but is that truly the case?
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Rejection in Tonganoxie could actually help Tyson Foods

As one community says it does not want a Tyson Foods poultry complex, others are saying they do want it
Following widespread opposition from residents and elected officials at the state and county level, it does not appear that Tyson Foods will put its proposed $320 million poultry complex in the Leavenworth County, Kansas, community of Tonganoxie.
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Chicken ‘rescuers’ take audacity to a new level

Denver Baby Animal Save members walk away from Colorado farm with chickens, boast on Facebook about what they considered a heroic deed
It’s nothing new to read about animal rights extremists removing animals from a farm because they believe they are rescuing them from a life of mistreatment.
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18 diseases feral swine could carry

List of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases proves the need to protect herds, people from feral swine
I had often heard about how dangerous and destructive feral swine can be, but what I had heard became more relevant when my family saw two of them in a wooded area near our campsite in a state park in Oklahoma over Labor Day weekend.
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Bright future for poultry science graduates

University of Georgia poultry science graduates have an employment rate of ‘over 100 percent’
We are living in times when you can’t help but hear how difficult it is for college students to find employment once they earn their degrees.
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