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Beyond Meat hopes to raise $183.8 million in IPO

With additional funds, company wants to expand its production, research & development and marketing initiatives
Plant-based protein company Beyond Meat has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an initial public offering (IPO).
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Survey: Consumers expect to keep protein on their shopping lists

Meat, fish and eggs can be an important part of a healthy and environmentally responsible diet, say consumers in new global research from Cargill. And they plan to keep eating them too—along with plant-based dietary protein. More than two-thirds of respondents say they intend to maintain or increase their consumption of animal protein in the next year. Four-fifths of participants express interest in plant-based or alternative sources of protein.
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Woman arrested in connection with Tyson farm fire

Officials continue to investigate fire that occurred April 5 in Tecumseh, Nebraska, and resulted in the loss of 22,000 birds
A Nebraska woman has been arrested on arson and other charges in connection with an April 5 fire at a broiler farm owned by Tyson Foods.
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Hongwei Xin recognized for service to egg industry

The egg industry stood in appreciation at the EIC issues forum to acknowledge the advances Xin has helped create at Iowa State and the EIC
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has named Hongwei Xin, currently assistant dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, as UTIA’s new dean for AgResearch.
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Farm groups ask President Trump, Congress for disaster relief

A group of 135 farm organizations and banks that supply seasonal loans to farms and ranches on April 19 called on President Trump and Congress to put aside political differences and supply urgently needed relief in the wake of weather-related disasters in 2018 and 2019.
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Study: Poultry gut health better under fewer light hours

Texas A&M research shows the duration of exposure to light has an enormous effect on microbiota and circadian rhythms in poultry, starting from early in life
Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists found that poultry producers can increase flock health and reduce dependence on antibiotics simply by turning out the lights.
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Meat Institute adopts new vision, mission and values statements

The North American Meat Institute’s (Meat Institute) Board of Directors adopted new vision, mission and values statements during the Meat Industry Summit in Carlsbad, California. The Meat Institute in 2018 convened a working group composed of association members, led by a facilitator, to develop the new, forward-looking vision and mission statements and core organizational values.
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Farmers, chicken industry advocates honored at DPI banquet

Twelve outstanding chicken growers and four honorees were recognized for their dedication to the poultry industry on April 17 as Delmarva's chicken community gathered in Salisbury, Maryland for the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) Booster Banquet, the 1,800-member trade association's annual membership dinner.
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Angola becomes third largest importer of US chicken

African country imported 191,187 metric tons of U.S. frozen chicken leg quarters alone in 2018
Angola became the third largest importer of chicken from the United States, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
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Lawsuit claims USDA ignores fecal contamination concerns

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine alleges USDA does little to address worries over fecal contamination of chicken and other meats
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which has a history of advocating for a vegan diet, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), alleging the agency ignores concerns over fecal contamination of chicken and other meat.
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