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DuPont and Monsanto Reach Settlement of Litigation Involving Technology Disputes
December 29, 2014 - DuPont and Monsanto Company announced today that they have agreed to settle and dismiss their respective patent infringement lawsuits pending in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. The litigation related to claims by Monsanto that DuPont had infringed certain Monsanto seed chipping patents and claims by DuPont that Monsanto had infringed certain DuPont patents related to seed processing. Terms of the settlement are not being disclosed.

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Tyson Foods Donates 55,000 Meals to Toy Drive
December 19, 2014 - Sara Lilygren, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Tyson Foods, joins TODAY to announce the company’s donation to our annual Toy Drive.

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Case Farms Donates to North Carolina School for the Deaf
December 17, 2014 - Leading poultry producer Case Farms recently made a significant donation to the North Carolina School for the Deaf Foundation (NCSD). This year, the annual donation will contribute to the foundation’s mission of closing the gap between the shrinking availability of public dollars and the increasing need for more effective ways to enrich education for the deaf community. The foundation, located in Morganton, is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the area schools to create a world where there are no limits to what deaf and hard-of-hearing students can achieve.

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Cooper Farms to Present Presidential Turkey This Thanksgiving
November 13, 2014 - A 76-year-old family-owned Ohio farm is raising the National Thanksgiving Turkey that’s expected to be presented to President Barack Obama in just a few weeks. The presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey to the President is bestowed each year upon the individual serving as chairman of the National Turkey Federation (NTF). This year, the presidential flock is being raised by Cooper Farms in Fort Recovery, Ohio.

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Ozark Mountain Poultry to Hire in Excess of 100 Additional Employees
November 12, 2014 - According to a spokesperson for Ozark Mountain Poultry the Warren facility is set to hire in excess of 100 additional workers with a target date of December 8th. This will allow the company to start a second shift.

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Celebrating 100 Million Chicks from Cobb Germany Hatchery
November 4, 2014 - With pride, Cobb Germany hatched its 100 millionth female Cobb500 parent stock chick which was delivered to Polish broiler breeder farmer, Leszek Wasikowski. The company’s hatchery at Wiesenena, near Leipzig, was opened in 1998 and has been expanded to a capacity of 10 million chicks / year to supply the 21 countries where it is the parent stock distributor.

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Novus International Releases Sixth Annual Sustainability Report
October 9, 2014 - Novus International, Inc. releases its 2013 Sustainability Report, which documents and measures the company’s comprehensive social, environmental and economic sustainability program. Titled "Summing up Sustainability," the report highlights progress in the company’s key focus areas, which include: Customer Productivity and Profitability, Supply Chain Efficiency, Human Health and Nutrition, Sustainable Animal Agriculture, Employee Empowerment and Engagement.

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With Retirement, Business Leader Sells Bettcher Industries to Workers
October 3, 2014 - Bettcher Industries Inc. announced Thursday that longtime chairman Larry Bettcher has retired after a 56-year career. Bettcher’s retirement comes at the same time that the well-known manufacturer of food processing equipment and precision-cutting technology in Birmingham also announced completion of its transition to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan with the sale of remaining shares of company stock previously owned by the Bettcher family.

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Hormel Foods Announces Advancements
September 25, 2014 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced the advancements of Mark D. Vaupel, Swen Neufeldt and Jeffrey A. Grev. These advancements will become effective Oct. 28, 2014.

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Zoetis Ranked Among Top Ten Companies for Working Mothers
September 17, 2014 - Zoetis Inc. announced that it has been named among the top 10 on Working Mother magazine’s "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list. The publication selects the top 100 companies in the U.S. that have demonstrated their commitment to progressive workplace programs such as child care, flexibility, advancement and paid family leave.

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Smithfield Foods Launches Three-Part "Sustainability Stories" Web Series
September 4, 2014 - Those interested in how a multibillion-dollar company became a global leader in sustainable food production will want to check out Smithfield's new series of sustainability stories. The first of three web-based stories was launched today on SmithfieldCommitments.com, the company announced.

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Cooper Farms Acquires Fort Recovery Equity
August 12, 2014 - Cooper Farms announced that it has completed its acquisition of Fort Recovery Equity, a chicken egg-layer and pullet cooperative based in Fort Recovery, Ohio. The purchase allows Cooper Farms to grow their egg division and branch into value-added egg products.

“Our Cooper family stockholders are very excited about creating a much more viable egg division for our company,” said Gary Cooper, Cooper Farms COO. “We have big plans for our future in eggs and value-added egg products.”

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Aviagen’s First Mobile-Equipped Production Management School
August 4, 2014 - Poultry professionals from throughout the world gathered in Huntsville recently for an intensive, hands-on immersion in the latest best practices in poultry management. Attendees of the 51st Aviagen Production Management School, hosted annually by Aviagen, the world’s largest poultry breeding company, for the first time received all course materials and technical documentation on Apple® iPad MiniTM tablets issued to them by the school – making theirs the first mobile-equipped class in the school’s long history.

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Cargill Turkey Says “NO” to Growth-Promoting Antibiotics
July 15, 2014 - Cargill’s Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms, are now the first major turkey brands to remove growth-promoting antibiotics from all turkeys across the independent farms they work with, without charging a premium price. Based on consumer research and feedback, these brands are pioneering efforts to provide families with new, affordable, turkey choices.

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Cal-Maine Foods Achieves Record Annual Sales of over One Billion Dozen Eggs
July 10, 2014 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. announced that the Company reached annual sales of over one billion dozen eggs for fiscal 2014 with an expected total of 1.014 billion dozen fresh eggs sold. This significant milestone marks a new record year of sales for Cal-Maine Foods and the first time any domestic or world egg supplier has surpassed annual sales of over one billion dozen eggs.

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DuPont Clear into the Future® Awards $123,000 in Grants and Sponsorships to Support Conservation Research, Education
July 3, 2014 - The DuPont Clear into the Future® (CITF) program has awarded grants and sponsorships totaling $123,000 to 15 organizations from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia in support of their work to improve and enhance the Delaware Estuary and other ecosystems where DuPont employees live and work. This is the first year that the program has considered applications in support of conservation work in communities beyond the Delaware Estuary.

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Butterball Names Al Jansen Vice President of Integrated Business Strategy
June 30, 2014 - Butterball, LLC recently named Al Jansen as the company’s vice president of integrated business strategy, effective June 16, 2014. As vice president of integrated business strategy, Jansen will be responsible for the continued development of Butterball’s strategic analysis and design efforts to fully integrate, align and optimize the processes and resources of the company’s live operation, manufacturing, and customer enhancement process. Jansen will also oversee management of the company’s competitive benchmarking program across all functions to include live operations, further processing, sales and marketing.

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Cargill Develops Non-GMO Soybean Oil
June 24, 2014 - Cargill is introducing a soybean oil made from identity-preserved (IdP), conventionally-bred (non-GM) soybeans for customers interested in exploring a non-GMO claim on their product label. The oil is refined in Cargill’s Des Moines, Iowa, plant in a process certified by SGS, a global inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

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ADM Expands Presence in Asia-Pacific to Serve Growing Market
June 12, 2014 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced actions to align its investments and organization to better serve growing demand for its products across Asia-Pacific.

“As populations and incomes across Asia continue to rise, diets are evolving. With that shift comes an increase in demand for crops and other products from agriculture. For decades, ADM has connected the world’s harvest with the Asian market,” said ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz. “Now, we’re taking a series of actions to enhance our ability to efficiently serve that growing demand.”

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Japanese Business Leaders Visit Hy-Line
April 29, 2014 - Japanese business leaders from Marubeni Egg Corporation visited Hy-Line for a two-day discussion and tour. Among the visitors from Marubeni Egg Corporation were Chief Operating Officer Makoto Watanabe; Director Operating Officer Hiromi Teranishi; and Sales Manager Yosuke Inoue. Marubeni Egg Corporation is a division of Marubeni Corporation that trades and develops businesses in the fields of raw ingredients for food, food distribution and food products.

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Hillshire Brands to Acquire Van’s Natural Foods from Catterton Partners
April 21, 2014 - The Hillshire Brands Company and Catterton Partners, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm, announced that Hillshire Brands has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Catterton portfolio company Van’s Natural Foods. Van’s is a leading better-for-you food brand that delivers great taste, nutrition, simple/clean ingredients and all-family appeal across multiple product lines in frozen breakfast and snack foods. Hillshire Brands will pay $165 million for Van’s, which is expected to have net revenues of approximately $60 million in calendar year 2014. The transaction is expected to close in May of 2014 pending regulatory clearance.

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Perdue's Cromwell, Ky., Operation Associates Achieve Safety Milestone
April 11, 2014 - Associates at Perdue’s Cromwell operation achieved a safety milestone on March 27, 2014, after working one million production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began in September 2013.

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Perdue Plant in Prince George is Adding 190 Jobs
March 28, 2014 - Two weeks after a food distributor announced it is closing its facility and laying off 46 people, another food company just down the road said it is hiring four times that many people. Perdue Foods is increasing capacity at its Mid-Atlantic Replenishment Center, located at 5155 Chudoba Parkway, Prince George. This includes a $3 million investment in additional equipment, plus adding 190 new positions at the facility, bringing the number of people employed there to more than 500.

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Sanderson Farms Poultry Complex Still on Schedule for 2015 Completion
March 14, 2014 - In January, the last time the Herald-Press received an update on the $124 million Sanderson Farms poultry complex being constructed in the area, progress was reported to be on track, minus a few minor delays – per compliments of Mother Nature. As of Thursday, construction is still in motion and on schedule, according to Bob “Pic” Billingsley, director of development and engineering.

“We've had to deal with elements out there, with the rainy weather since we've gotten under construction in November, but we can't control that – we just have to deal with it,” he said. “From a construction standpoint everything’s on schedule as planned – no surprises.”

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Peco Foods Announces New $165 Million Project in Northeast Arkansas
March 4, 2014 - Peco Foods announced plans to build a fully integrated poultry complex in Randolph and Clay Counties in northeastern Arkansas. The new facilities will include a hatchery, feed mill and processing plant. Through both locations, the company plans to invest an estimated $165 million and create I ,000 new jobs.

"We are extremely pleased to formally announce this new project today," Mark Hickman said. "As we have experienced firsthand with our complex in Batesville, the state of Arkansas is home .to an outstanding workforce that shares the goals and values of our company. I want to thank Governor Beebe and his team for their assistance in making our Northeast Arkansas expansion a reality. We look forward to a long and very successful partnership."

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DuPont Opens Office in Myanmar, One of the Fastest Growing Economies in ASEAN
February 28, 2014 - DuPont, the world’s leading science company, announces the opening of its business operations in Myanmar, with commitment to helping address the country’s challenges in feeding the growing population, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and protecting people and the environment.

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Harvest Preparatory School Expanding to Address Achievement Gap in North Minneapolis
February 14, 2014 - The Cargill Foundation announced on Wednesday that it is providing a three-year, $1.5 million grant to assist in the creation of the Harvest Network of Schools, which will manage services for its three schools. Specifically, the grant will support the development and implementation of a growth plan, which is focused on: planning, teaching, and student assessment; instructional leadership and coaching; school leadership, fundraising and financial management.

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Jamesway Announces New Website, Logo
February 3, 2014 - Incubator Company Jamesway has launched its new website. "The look and feel of the website uses our traditional colors which were incorporated into the new logo and emphasizes our products and services to ensure hatchery managers and investors a worry free hatchery," according to Jamesway President Dr Ian MacKinnon.

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Hormel Foods Recognized as one of the 2014 Best Companies for Leaders
January 24, 2014 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced it was ranked No. 9 on the 2014 Best Companies for Leaders list by Chief Executive magazine. This is the first time Hormel Foods has received this recognition. Chief Executive magazine compiles the list each year to identify companies that excel in leadership development. Criteria included having a formal leadership process in place, the depth of the leadership funnel (as measured by the percentage of senior management and middle management positions filled by internal candidates), and the company’s performance.

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Diamond V Makes Top Management Changes
January 8, 2014 - Diamond V has re-organized its upper level management team, effective January 1, 2014. One of which is the transition of John Bloomhall, President and CEO, to Chairman of the Board, making him the fifth family member to lead the company. Past Chairman of the Board, Bill Bloomhall, continues to serve as a board member.

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