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The latest egg-laying hens research, commentary and articles to help table egg producers maximize their operation from the editors of Egg Industry magazine. Topics include flock performance capabilities, hen health and nutrition, poultry housing regulations and hen welfare best practices.

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Top 20 US egg producers in 2018

Learn more about the companies WATT Global Media ranked as the 2018 top egg producers.
Egg Industry’s Top Egg Company Survey ranks the top 20 egg producers according to the size of their layer flock at the end of 2017.
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FFAR awards $1.4 million to researchers to improve health of egg-laying hens

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established in the 2014 Farm Bill with bipartisan congressional support, awarded three grants totaling $1.4 million to Purdue University, University of California, Davis, and University of Edinburgh, respectively, to improve the health and productivity of egg-laying hens.
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Cal-Maine: Undercover video showed ‘isolated incident’

Activist who gained employment with company chose to ignore policy to report mistreatment of hens and instead used footage to misrepresent Cal-Maine Foods, company says
Cal-Maine Foods has taken corrective action and has been cooperating with the investigations of state and county officials after the company was targeted by an animal rights activist in a video depicting mistreatment of hens at its facility in Lake Wales, Florida.
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Lawsuit: Cal-Maine, Walmart used false claim on organic egg label

Plaintiff alleges companies falsely claimed hens that laid Organic Marketside eggs had outdoor access
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Walmart and Cal-Maine Foods, with the plaintiffs claiming the two companies misled consumers about the conditions in which hens that laid Walmart store brand Organic Marketside eggs were raised.
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Net losses widen for Cal-Maine Foods in second quarter

Financial results negatively affected by $52.8 million charge related to settlement of antitrust claims
While Cal-Maine Foods achieved a 42.4 increase in net sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, charges related to the settlement of antitrust claims were a key factor in the company recording a net loss of $26.1 million for the quarter.
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Avian flu biosecurity plan is key to rapid response

The US avian flu outbreak of 2017 reinforced the need for site-specific biosecurity plans for poultry farms with approved emergency response plans.
No poultry farm is immune to the chance of an avian influenza outbreak, therefore, having a plan to deal with such a situation is crucial explained industry professionals.
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Dutch food safety agency sued over fipronil scandal

Farm lobbying organization says poultry farmers suffered financial losses due to agency’s initial inaction on claims of fipronil use in egg production
An agricultural lobbying organization in the Netherlands is filing a lawsuit against the country’s food safety authority NVWA, claiming that the agency’s negligence in the way it handled the situation of fipronil use in egg production caused financial losses to the country’s egg producers.
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