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Morris to become USPOULTRY president

Current president John Starkey will retire in August but will remain as an advisor for rest of year

Nath Morris has been named the next president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) by the board of directors. 

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Tyson completes Williams Sausage Company acquisition

Tennessee-based sausage company employs about 500 people

Tyson Foods completed the previously announced acquisition of Williams Sausage Company, Union City, Tennessee, furthering the company’s strategy to increase its capacity and product portfolio. 

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Rep. Barry Moore’s surprising avian flu statement

Admission from Alabama congressman exposes his disconnect from his constituents in the poultry industry

You would think that a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, who studied poultry science in college and represents a poultry-producing congressional district, would know the key reason highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has spread to so many farms in 2022 and 2023.

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Tyson examining efficiency of smaller, dated plants

CEO Donnie King says business environment is ‘going to require everyone to be more efficient’

Less than one week after Tyson Foods closed two poultry plants it deemed inefficient, the company’s CEO said it is looking at the efficiency of all of its facilities.

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1 month with no new US HPAI cases in commercial poultry

Infections in backyard flocks are still being confirmed, but with much less frequency than during the previous month

The typical seasonal slowdown of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) infections is apparent in the United States, as the last cases of HPAI in a commercial poultry flock to be reported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) were confirmed one month ago.

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6 key areas of concern for the US turkey industry

National Turkey Federation Vice Chairman John Zimmerman testifies about industry’s priorities before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry

Testimony from National Turkey Federation (NTF) Vice Chairman John Zimmerman revealed six major concerns the organization hopes federal officials can resolve.

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I frankly refuse to stop calling it the Wienermobile

Classic marketing vehicle for Oscar Mayer is being renamed the Frankmobile, but for how long we don’t know

Oscar Mayer parent company Kraft Heinz is changing the name of its Wienermobile to the Frankmobile, the first name change since the vehicle first hit the road in 1936.

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George’s, DOJ agree to resolve worker wage conspiracy case

Consent decree requires George’s to pay $5.8 million in restitution and subjects company to antitrust compliance monitor

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a proposed amended complaint and consent decree in the District of Maryland with George’s that would resolve claims that the company conspired with other poultry processors to suppress workers’ wages by exchanging compensation information.

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Making sense of poultry class-action suits, settlements

Agricultural law attorney explains plaintiff classes in suits where poultry companies are accused of conspiring to drive up the price of chicken

With so many class-action lawsuits in which plaintiffs accused the U.S. poultry industry’s largest companies of conspiring to drive up the price of chicken, and a fair number of companies making settlements in these suits, it can be overwhelming to try to keep track of it all, even if you are an attorney specializing in agricultural law.

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