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2016

Vepymo and Hendrix Genetics are companies built from the strength of the family unit
January 25, 2016 - “We are very happy about this step,” says Hans Pyfferoen, Manager of Vepymo. “There is now 100% clarity among our buyers and our staff that Vepymo is, and will continue to be, an important link between the breeding farms and the poultry farmers in North West Europe.” “Vepymo is a leading player in the European network of hatcheries and is responsible for the distribution of the Isa, Bovans and Dekalb brands,” says Servé Hermans, Director of the Layers Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics. “Our collaboration has always been excellent and this strategic cooperation will only improve this,” he added.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend
January 21, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 (twenty-two cents) per share payable February 16, 2016, to stockholders of record on February 2, 2016.

Sanderson Farms, Inc. is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Its shares trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SAFM.

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Evonik included in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook for the first time
January 20, 2016 - The sustainability rating agency RobecoSAM has included Evonik Industries AG in its prestigious yearbook of economic, social and ecological performance as a Sustainability Leader with the distinction "Silver Class". This was the first time Evonik participated in the RobecoSAM assessment.

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Cobb-Vantress, Inc. to Construct $22 Million Feed Mill in South Carolina
January 19, 2016 - Vantress, Inc., a leading poultry research and development firm and subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., will begin construction on a new feed mill in Laurens County, South Carolina early in 2016, with completion planned towards the middle of 2017.

The $22 million investment is expected to create about 12 new jobs in Joanna, South Carolina.

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Tyson Foods Recognizes Community Hero's Fight Against Hunger
January 15, 2016 - Tyson Foods and the City of Austin today publicly recognized local resident Lola Stephens-Bell and her extraordinary efforts fighting hunger in the community. Stephens-Bell is the first individual honored as part of the company’s pledge to invest $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years to fight hunger, with a special focus on local initiatives.

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Allen Harim Grower Receives Environmental Stewardship Award
January 13, 2016 - Allen Harim Grower Wins Delaware Environmental Stewardship Award Honored during Delaware Ag Week for efforts to reduce runoff and improve water quality

Harrington, Del. - A poultry grower for Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of chicken on Delmarva, was honored with the distinguished Delaware Environmental Stewardship Award this week for his efforts to improve water quality and reduce nutrient runoff on his 150-acre farm near Marydel.

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Novus Celebrates 25th Anniversary at IPPE 2016
January 13, 2016 - Novus International, Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016. Several events at the 2016 International Production and Processing Exposition (IPPE) will commemorate this momentous occasion. This anniversary celebrates Novus’s longevity of commitment to delivering innovative products which support animal nutrition and performance. It also reflects Novus’s leadership position in the market and highlights the company’s dedication to sustainable solutions that improve animal welfare while minimizing environmental impact.

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Alltech acquires Masterfeeds, Canada’s leading animal nutrition company
January 11, 2016 - Alltech has acquired 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Masterfeeds, Inc., in a share purchase agreement with Ag Processing Inc (AGP). Masterfeeds, a leading commercial animal nutrition company in Canada, is now part of the Alltech family of companies, which includes 12 other companies that Alltech has acquired globally since 2011.

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Hormel Foods Named One Of The Best Companies For Leaders For Third Consecutive Year
January 8, 2016 - Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced that it was named to the 2016 Best Companies for Leaders list by Chief Executive magazine for the third consecutive year, coming in at No. 20.

Chief Executive compiles the list each year to identify companies that excel in leadership development. Rankings are affected by a company’s reputation among its peers as a source for well-rounded talent. The percentage of senior management recruited from internal talent pools is another criterion.

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Prestage Eyes Expansion
January 7, 2016 - Pork and poultry production leader Prestage Farms is seeking to expand its renewable energy division in Sampson County, but said the location of that $10 million investment was contingent on local incentives -- local officials approved offering those this week.

Prestage AgEnergy, a division of Prestage Farms dedicated to making animal production sustainable economically and environmentally, has begun construction on a new poultry litter-fueled power plant that will be located at the Moltonville feed mill off Moltonville Road near N.C. 24. The new power plant will bring with it a taxable investment of $18 million, while creating 15 full-time jobs at an average $60,000 salary.

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Hitachi America, Ltd. Announces Establishment of the Subsidiary in Irvine, CA
January 7, 2016 - Hitachi America, Ltd. (HAL) today announced that, as of January 15th, 2016, it is acquiring Label House (Legal Name: L.A. Supply Corporation) to form a new subsidiary. The subsidiary will operate as Label House (LH). To establish the subsidiary, HAL and Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd. (HIES) have agreed to purchase the stock of LH, a leading provider of marking, and labeling products and services in for the West Coast region.

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Aviagen Turkeys acquiring France’s Le Sayec
January 6, 2016 - Aviagen Turkeys has announced the company is acquiring Le Sayec, a family owned business responsible for the selling of commercial turkey eggs and poults within France. Le Sayec also exports throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Anitox Announces New Data to Help Protect AI Threatened Turkey and Layer Producers
January 6, 2016 - As the number of confirmed Avian Influenza incidents in Europe rises and the United States poultry industry watches closely for signs of outbreak, pathogen control specialist Anitox has confirmed recent independent trial results show Termin-8® rapidly controls Avian Influenza (AI) virus in feed.

Independent research will be presented by Dr. Haroldo Toro of Auburn University at International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), supporting Termin-8 treatment as a method for preventing AI contamination in feed and potentially offering poultry producers an additional tool in the battle against AI.

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Robbert Birkhoff Export manager of the year
January 5, 2016 - Robbert Birkhoff has been named the winner of the Export manager Award by 2015. During the final he surpassed Hermann Eastman of Resato International and Erik Kakes from Applikon Biotechnology. These three companies were nominated because they have shown a substantial export growth and they are examples of international entrepreneurship.

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Ross Celebrates 60 Years of Success
January 4, 2016 - Ross® has hit a number of major milestones as it celebrates 60 years of success in poultry genetics. Since Chunky Chicks Limited opened their doors in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1956, Ross has been on a journey of global expansion and is now present in over 100 countries across six continents. As the scale and importance of international poultry breeding has grown, Ross has responded to the market with its diversified product portfolio and continuous genetic improvement within the Aviagen® breeding program.

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2015

Huvepharma® to Acquire Products and Related Manufacturing Sites from Zoetis
December 30, 2015 - Huvepharma®, announced that it has agreed to acquire certain assets from Zoetis, LLC, which include products and two owned and one leased US manufacturing sites. The assets associated with this deal involve an international portfolio of medicated feed additives, including Albac® (excluding the USA market) and Bio-Cox® / Salinomax® as well as Inovocox®EM1, a leading coccidiosis vaccine for broilers. Along with these products, Huvepharma will acquire and assume manufacturing sites in the US located in Laurinburg, N.C. and Van Buren, Ark. Other assets included in the acquisition are major brands of water soluble veterinary products; R-Pen®, Oxytet®, Sul-Q-Nox, CTC, Lincomycin, Poultry Sulfa and Neo-Sol® including the formulation facility located in Longmont, Colorado. Additional pharmaceuticals assets were also acquired that are predominately sold in Europe and include Lincocin Forte®, Stockade®, Bacivet®, Combiotic® and Quadrisol®. Employees at the three manufacturing sites will transfer to Huvepharma.

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Cargill Expands Feed Formulation Expertise Through Acquisition of Format International Ltd.
December 23, 2015 - Driven by opportunities in the global feed software market to provide customers with integrated formulation software and solutions on a larger scale, Cargill has acquired Format International Ltd., a leading global feed formulation software company with more than 30 years of experience and more than 5,000 users across 93 countries. Format International specializes in the design, authoring and marketing of recipe optimization, ingredient allocation and food and feed formulation solutions for the animal feed, aqua feed, pet food, human food, premix and other industries. Click here for full article

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Ozark Mountain Poultry Achieves American Humane Association Certification
December 21, 2015 - American Humane Association, the country's first national humane organization and creator of the first and largest third-party farm animal welfare certification program, announced today that Arkansas-based producer Ozark Mountain Poultry has met its rigorous farm animal welfare standards and achieved certification through the American Humane Certified™ program. Ozark Mountain Poultry currently produces approximately 4 million pounds of poultry products a week for its consumer brand Forester Farmer's Market® and the restaurant industry.

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Grand Opening for New Cobb Production Complex in China
December 18, 2015 - The new Cobb-Vantress production complex at Suizhou in Hubei province, west of Shanghai, developed to supply the growing Chinese market was officially opened at a two-day event for more than 40 guests from the country’s poultry industry.

The Cobb China Grand Opening began with inaugural presentations and a celebratory dinner in the Westin Hotel, Wuhan, and was followed the next day by a tour of the farm and hatchery facilities developed at a cost of $35 million to meet the initial target of supplying five million Cobb500 parents a year.

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Novus International, Inc. Revises Bulk Delivery SOPs to Improve Biosecurity
December 16, 2015 - After the news of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) broke earlier this year, producers throughout the United States altered and heightened their on-farm biosecurity measures to prevent outbreaks. HPAI can cause high mortality in commercial poultry flocks and can be transmitted in various ways, often through direct contact between a healthy bird and an infected bird or its secretions and fecal material. It can also be transmitted by humans and equipment that have been in contact with infected material.

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Miller Poultry Donates More than 7,000 Tons of Chicken Meat to Community Church Services in Elkhart
December 9, 2015 - More than 7,000 pounds of frozen chicken meat were donated to Church Community Services (CCS) in Elkhart Tuesday, courtesy of a northeastern Indiana poultry company. Miller Poultry, based in Steuben County, donated chicken sausage and whole chicken meat to CCS and two other area food banks, a total of 16,000 pounds of chicken meat, said Sean Smith, director of special projects for the company.

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Keystone Foods Names Devin Cole President of Keystone U.S., Accelerates Growth Plan
December 7, 2015 - Keystone Foods announced today that Devin Cole has joined its executive leadership team as President of Keystone U.S., overseeing all North American business for the company. Cole is a food industry veteran with 20 years' experience leading successful sales, marketing and innovation teams and will report directly to Keystone Foods' President & CEO Frank Ravndal.

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Alltech’s 2015 Harvest Analysis Confirms Swine and Poultry Feed at Risk for Mycotoxins
December 3, 2015 - A wet spring and a late dry season took its toll on the 2015 North America crop, producing irregularities in plant growth and now putting poultry and swine at risk for mycotoxin exposure, according to Alltech’s North America Harvest Analysis. The annual study surveyed 100 North American corn samples from across the United States and Canada from September to November 2015, testing for mycotoxin contamination to determine the risk posed to monogastrics. The Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analysis found an average 3.1 mycotoxins per sample that ranged from lower to higher risk for both swine and poultry. Ninety-seven percent of samples tested positive for at least one mycotoxin.

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Merck Animal Health Launches High Quality Congress Website
December 1, 2015 - Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the USA and Canada) has announced the launch of its High Quality Congress website to support producers of aquaculture, poultry and swine. Since 2012, Merck Animal Health’s High Quality Congresses have served the industry by bringing together a wide range of experts to discuss the latest advances in production and management across these species to ensure the success of producers by improving health, productivity and well-being of their animals.

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Rose Acre Farms Reports Progress
November 23, 2015 - Rose Acre Farms is making progress on their egg-producing facility south of Bouse. They are currently engaged in preparing the site, including drilling wells.

W.N. “Chips” Everhart, the company’s new projects coordinator, said they are still 12 to 14 months away from having the first eggs laid there. However, he said there will be many construction jobs as the facility is being built, and other positions will need to be filled before the facility goes into full operation.

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Hormel Agrees to Buy Organic and Natural Meat Maker Applegate Farms
November 23, 2015 - Hormel Foods has agreed to buy Applegate Farms, a leading organic and natural meat maker, for $775 million, its largest acquisition and a big play in the hot organic food market. The buyout of Bridgefield, N.J.-based Applegate is also the latest of three major deals for Hormel over the past two years, as the packaged food company, based about 100 miles south of Minneapolis in Austin, Minn., looks to diversify.

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Pure Breed and Aviagen Mark 15 Years of Cooperation
November 20, 2015 - In the 15th year of Aviagen® and Pure Breed’s strategic relationship, Aviagen CEO Jan Henriksen heard first-hand from its key distributor on its exciting new expansion plans while visiting the company in Saudi Arabia recently. A delegation of Aviagen senior representatives joined Jan as they met the chairman of Pure Breed, Hosam Al Yousof, and his team.

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Marel Gainesville Wins Industry of the Year
November 20, 2015 - The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Industry of the Year Awards were presented at the 7th Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon recently. The awards honor area existing industry leaders based on economic impact, workforce excellence and corporate responsibility. Marel Gainesville was honored with the 2015 Industry of the Year award, the top honor in the large industry (201+ employees) category.

The Chamber’s Vice President Existing Industry Shelley Davis congratulated the company on the achievement, “Congratulations!!! You are the INDUSTRY-OF-THE-YEAR. Your award came with some high competition in economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence and it is well-deserved.”

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DuPont Named 2015 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovator
November 16, 2015 - Thomson Reuters has named DuPont a 2015 Top Global Innovator, marking the fifth consecutive year the company has been named to the prestigious list. The program honors corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation – creating new technologies and bringing them to life through commercialization.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation Reports First Quarter
November 10, 2015 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced its financial results for its first quarter ended Sept. 30. Highlights for the September 2015 quarter (compared to the September 2014 quarter, excluding the prior year milestone payments for licensing of vaccine delivery technology) include:

- Net sales of $187 million, an increase of 3 percent - Adjusted EBITDA of $27.7 million, an increase of 13 percent - Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.44 compared with $0.36

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JBT Corporation and The Baader Group Sign Cooperation Agreement
November 10, 2015 - JBT Corporation and Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG ('The Baader Group') both leading global technology solutions providers to the food processing industries, announced a cooperation agreement. The technology sharing agreement between JBT and The Baader Group will create new offerings for fish and poultry processors, combining JBT's waterjet technology with The Baader Group's poultry processing, fish processing and X-ray technology.

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Allen Harim Begins Work on Harbeson Solar Farm
November 10, 2015 - Allen Harim Foods broke ground on a solar farm planned for construction near its Harbeson poultry processing plant. The 1.57-megawatt photovoltaic solar panel array is expected to supply about 11 percent of the energy used by the plant.

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Chore-Time Holds Ribbon Cutting for 45,000-Square-Foot Plant Expansion
November 2, 2015 - On Friday, Oct. 30, Chore-Time celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of its $7.1 million building expansion. Milford and county officials who helped cut the ribbon included Milford Town Council members Bob Cockburn and Doug Ruch, along with George Robertson from Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation, Bob Jackson, County Commissioner and Alyssa Lowe from the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce. Also participating in the ribbon cutting were Dan Robinson, Brent Robinson and Dan Reynolds from Robinson Construction, company personnel from Chore-Time and CTB, and local media.

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Allen Harim to Use Former Pickle Plant for Warehouse/Storage, Not Poultry Processing
November 2, 2015 - Allen Harim announced it no longer plans to pursue plans to convert the former Vlasic pickle plant into live chicken processing, but will continue to use a portion of the facility for warehouse and storage. In a release issued Oct. 30, the company announced its plans to continue to use its Millsboro facility as a warehouse and storage location, and will not pursue plans for processing live chickens at the former Pinnacle Foods’ Vlasic pickle production site.

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Pilgrim’s Looks Beyond Fresh Chicken
November 2, 2015 - In a period of low cut-out values, export restrictions and low prices, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is looking beyond fresh chicken to diversify its product portfolio and improve operations. The company plans to focus most of its capital expenditures on growing its prepared foods business, said Pilgrim’s CEO Bill Lovette during a conference call with analysts. Pilgrim’s also sees the potential for export markets to reopen to US poultry exports.

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Dosatron International – Finalist for the 2015 Manufacturer/Distributor of the Year Award
November 2, 2015 - Dosatron International, Inc. is excited to announce that they are a Finalist for the 2015 Manufacturer/Distributor of the Year Award. The Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) was organized in 2006 to improve Florida’s manufacturing business climate and speaks with one voice on behalf of 19,159 manufacturers. MAF’s unique makeup brings manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, regional associations and others with similar goals together to solve the challenges manufacturers face.

For the past 12 years, MAF has held its Summit & Marketplace event. This year’s theme is Connecting the Dots and it is the first year that distributors will be recognized.

“We are so excited that Dosatron is a finalist in MAF’s Distributor of the Year Competition,” explains Pam Temko, Dosatron’s CEO. “Judging for the award was based on six criteria categories, along with a number of questions from the judges and an on-site visit. We are looking forward to the Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 5 in West Palm Beach.”

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Hy-Line International Internal Technical Services Manager Elected by Peers
November 2, 2015 - Hy-Line International announces the election of Dr. Travis Schaal, DVM, internal technical services manager for Hy-Line, to president of the Association of Poultry Primary Breeders Veterinarians.

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Tyson Foods Increases Pay at Chicken Plants
October 23, 2015 - In an effort to boost employee recruiting and retention, Tyson Foods, Inc. is increasing hourly pay at most of its U.S. chicken plants, company officials reported. The move, effective Nov. 1, affects hourly production, maintenance and refrigeration workers at 51 of the company’s chicken plants. This includes raising the starting pay for production workers at almost 40 plants to at least $10 an hour. The starting rate at some facilities had previously been in the $8 to $9 range.

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Cargill Readies Philippines Poultry Production
October 23, 2015 - Singapore-based Cargill Asia Pacific Holdings Inc. Pte. Ltd. is seriously considering investing heavily into poultry production in the Philippines through local unit Cargill Philippines Inc. to meet the increased demand during the peak season. Cargill, a major food producer, noted that chicken supply in Philippines was traditionally deficient during the peak season, or during holidays and the school period.

“There is more room for animal business in the Philippines. We’re looking at getting into new things like investing in poultry,” Cargill chairman for the Asia Pacific Alan Willits said in a briefing.

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Tyson Foods, Sam’s Club Help South Carolina Flood Victims
October 16, 2015 - Tyson Foods is deploying its 53-foot mobile kitchen and with help from Sam’s Club plans to set up a major feeding center in Columbia, S.C., for the flood victims in that area. Teams from both companies will prepare and serve meals beginning Friday (Oct. 16) throughout the weekend for the disaster victims, first responders and volunteers.

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Land O'Lakes, Inc. Awards 10 College Students Fellowships to Address Global Hunger
October 16, 2015 - An increase in population from 7 to 10 billion by 2050 will require a 70 percent increase in food production at the same time that natural resources are decreasing. Ten exceptional United States college sophomores, each committed to finding innovative and practical solutions to world hunger, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that through a unique fellowship called the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security™ Program.

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Cobb Global Conference Kicks off 100 Year Celebration
October 13, 2015 - Leading figures in the global poultry industry took part in the week-long Cobb-Vantress, Inc. 5th Distributor Conference at Boston, Mass., marking the start of celebrations to commemorate the first 100 years of Cobb in 2016. More than 140 senior representatives from 51 Cobb grandparent distributors and customers from 34 countries were among almost 200 people attending the event at the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.

Jerry Moye, president of Cobb-Vantress, stated: "To celebrate our centennial anniversary with the extended Cobb family of distributors was a very special privilege. These friends have been integral to Cobb's success, and I can't think of a better way to enter the next century than to have all of them at our side."

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Norbest Turkey Makes Donation to Utah Food Bank
October 13, 2015 - Norbest Turkey in Utah donated turkeys to the Utah Food Bank, Monday, Oct. 12, in Salt Lake City. Donations were accepted by Jim Yorgason, Utah Food Bank president and CEO.

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Aviagen Expands Sallisaw Hatchery
October 13, 2015 - Aviagen, a leading poultry breeding company, announced that it has completed a $9.5 million expansion of its hatchery in Sallisaw, Okla. The expansion promoted the Sallisaw hatchery to the largest in Aviagen’s U.S. fleet, increasing the hatchery’s performance by 50 percent and its workforce by 20 percent.

Initially opened in 1993, the hatchery had a former capacity of 33.5 million eggs set annually. Now that the expansion project is complete, Sallisaw has a potential to set up to 50.3 million eggs per year (322,560 per week) — a nearly 50 percent rise. Additionally, while the previous Sallisaw operation hatched two to three days per week, the newly expanded hatchery could increase to a four-day hatch week.

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Hickman’s Family Farms –A Growing Family Business Since 1944
October 8, 2015 - Hickman’s Egg Ranch started in 1944. Our beginnings are owed to my grandmother, Nell Hickman. When the Hickman family settled in Glendale in 1944, my grandmother acquired a few hens so they could have fresh eggs for the family.

She was from rural Kansas, and it was quite common for a housewife back there to maintain a small flock of chickens to produce a little extra money for the family. In 1944, the practice wasn’t quite as widespread in Glendale, so my grandmother continued to add to her flock as neighbors heard about the eggs being sold off her back porch.

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Mountaire Farms Breaks Ground on New HQ in Sussex County
September 30, 2015 - Mountaire Farms officials broke ground on a new office building at Maryland Camp Road and John J. Williams Highway in Millsboro on Tuesday. President and CEO Paul Downes spoke about how the new building signifies a commitment to Sussex County.

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Tyson Foods to Donate Chicken to NWA Food Bank
September 22, 2015 - Tyson Foods is celebrating a milestone in its fight to eliminate hunger. In honor of 100 million pounds of product donated in the past 15 years and its renewed commitment to ending hunger, Tyson Foods, Inc. will donate a truckload of chicken to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. The food, which is part of Tyson Foods' recent pledge of $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years to fight food insecurity, will be used to help eliminate hunger in the area the company has called home since 1935.

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Aviagen Huntsville Hosted Canadian Young Farmers
September 22, 2015 - Aviagen® announced that during the week of Sept. 13-20 it welcomed three young Canadian farmers to its global headquarters in Huntsville and surrounding locations, offering them a glimpse of one of the world’s most advanced poultry-breeding operations. Ranging in ages from 19 to 25, the young farmers were selected by the Canadian Broiler Hatching Egg Producers Association (CBHEPA) to participate in its Young Farmer program based on their desire to broaden their knowledge of the global hatching industry.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend and Payment of Special Dividend
September 17, 2015 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 (twenty-two cents) per share. The Board has also authorized a special cash dividend payment of $0.50 (fifty cents) per share. Both the regular quarterly cash dividend and the special cash dividend are payable on Oct.13, to stockholders of record on Sept. 29, 2015. Payment of the regular quarterly cash dividend will remain subject to Board approval each quarter.

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Cargill Elects CEO David MacLennan as Next Chairman
September 11, 2015 - Cargill’s board of directors today elected David W. MacLennan, currently Cargill’s president and chief executive officer, as chairman of the board in addition to his current responsibilities. Gregory R. Page, 64, will step down as executive chairman and continue to serve on the board as an executive director of the company.

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Perdue Farms Donates 50-foot Refrigerated Trailer to Help Harvest Hope in Florence
September 11, 2015 - Perdue Farms delivered a 50-foot refrigerated trailer to Harvest Hope Food Bank in Florence that will be used to store perishable foods destined for citizens in need across the Pee Dee. Representatives from Perdue’s Dillon facility were on hand for the mountain-sized donation.

“At Perdue Farms, we believe that no one should have to go hungry. That's why our partnership with Feeding America and Harvest Hope Food Bank of Florence in the shared mission to end hunger is so important," said Randy Brown, Perdue Director of Operations in Dillon. "We're happy to deliver this refrigerated trailer to help the food bank distribute food to those in need in the Pee Dee Region."

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Rabobank Poultry Quarterly Q3: Avian Flu Shuffles the Deck Chairs
September 11, 2015 - The margin outlook for the global poultry industry is still strong. The industry is benefiting from ongoing bullish market fundamentals, according to Rabobank’s latest Poultry Quarterly Q3 report. Supply is balanced in most regions, beef prices are high, feed costs are low. With China as the major exception, the industry is profitable in almost all major global regions.

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BIOMIN Inaugurates New Global Headquarters in Austria
September 4, 2015 - BIOMIN has opened its new global headquarters in Getzersdorf, Austria. Located 60 km west of Vienna, Austria, on the ERBER Group campus, the 11,000 sq. m building sets new standards for staff friendliness and energy efficiency.

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Cobb-Vantress in $15 Million Expansion in Brazil
September 4, 2015 - In major two-year expansion program scheduled for completion in September, Cobb-Vantress is investing $15 million in increasing its farm and hatchery production in Brazil. The project includes expanding and remodeling the Cobb great grandparent and grandparent farms in Brazil to increase production capacity by 23 percent and hatchery capacity by 10 percent.

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$200,000 Grant to Aid Mar-Jac Poultry Plant Expansion in Walker County and Create New Jobs
August 31, 2015 - Governor Robert Bentley has awarded a $200,000 grant to assist with infrastructure required for a $12 million enlargement of a Jasper poultry business that intends to hire 50 additional workers once the expansion is complete. The expansion by Mar-Jac Poultry Inc. is part of the Gainesville, Georgia-based company’s plans to increase operations at several of its poultry-related businesses in Alabama.

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Peco Foods Development Heading to 2016 Launch
August 31, 2015 - Work continues to bring about 1,000 jobs to northeast Arkansas. Arkansas Business newspaper took a look inside the new Peco Foods plant, which was announced in March last year. Work on the $200 million integrated poultry operation continues on a 200-acre site near Pocahontas.

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Zoetis Completes Manufacturing Expansion in Lincoln
August 21, 2015 - Zoetis Inc. marked the completion of a 19,000-square-foot, three-story expansion at its manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Neb., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler. Through increased production at the facility, Zoetis is affirming its position as a global leader and world-class manufacturer of high-quality animal health products and an employer of choice in Lincoln.

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Maschhoff Family Foods Announces Leadership Changes
August 12, 2015 - Maschhoff Family Foods, the holding company of The Maschhoffs, LLC (www.TheMaschhoffs.com) and GNP Company™ (www.GNPCompany.com), announced that Jason Logsdon, CEO of Maschhoff Family Foods, will be leaving the company to pursue his passion for investing. Logsdon, who started as chief financial officer at The Maschhoffs in 2003 and became CEO of Maschhoff Family Foods in 2012, will join the Maschhoff Family Foods Board and continue to counsel the organization in strategic business areas.

Effective Sept. 8, Tim Schellpeper, most recently President/Chief Operating Officer of Kansas City-based fresh meat and packaged foods company Smithfield-Farmland, will become CEO—assuming leadership of Maschhoff Family Foods. The company also officially named Dr. Bradley Wolter as President of The Maschhoffs—a role he has held on an interim basis since April 2015.

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Cargill to Close Kansas Feed Facility
August 4, 2015 - Cargill’s animal nutrition business will close a feed manufacturing facility in Garden City, Kan., on Aug. 31. The company plans to move production to another facility in Guymon, Okla. The company attributed the closure to changes in market conditions and customer demand.

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Zoetis to Expand BioDevice Solutions for Poultry Industry with Acquisition of Hatchery Automation Technology Leader KL Products, Inc.
July 31, 2015 - Zoetis Inc. announced an agreement to acquire KL Products, Inc. to strengthen its automation technology for poultry hatchery operations. The privately held company headquartered in London, Ontario, Canada, is a leader in automation systems for the poultry industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Aviagen and Jamesway Hosted Joint Seminar on Managing Embryonic Heat
July 21, 2015 - Aviagen and Jamesway Incubator Company Inc., two global companies dedicated to servicing and supporting the poultry industry, collaboratively hosted a one-day seminar at the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel in Alberta, Canada, on May 27. The topic of the seminar was an important one to the poultry industry – “Managing Embryonic Heat.”

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Cargill North America Animal Protein Leadership Changes for Turkey, Egg and Distribution
July 1, 2015 - Cargill has identified replacements for Ruth Kimmelshue, recently promoted to a corporate role at the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis, and Mary Thompson, appointed to lead the company’s European poultry business. Both worked in Wichita and formerly served as president of Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats and Cargill Value Added Meats, respectively. Additionally, Cargill is combining its Monticello, Minn.-based egg business and Wichita-based value added meats business to create Cargill Value Added Protein, which will be headquartered in Wichita.

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Mary Thompson to Lead Cargill’s European Poultry Business
June 22, 2015 - Cargill executive Mary Thompson is leaving Wichita to lead the company’s European poultry business in England. The change is effective Aug. 1.

Thompson will replace Pilar Cruz, who is transitioning to a new role as a corporate vice president leading Cargill’s strategy and business development team at its company headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Perdue Donates 38,000 Pounds of Protein to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Salisbury, Md.
June 8, 2015 - Perdue Farms has donated more than 38,000 pounds of chicken and turkey to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This donation is part of Perdue’s commitment to donate two million pounds per year to Feeding America-affiliated food banks like the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This generous donation will be distributed through the food bank’s network of more than 800 partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other agencies serving families facing hunger. The donation has a retail value of $90,000.

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AB Vista Re-Organizes EMEA Sales Team to Embrace Market Growth
June 5, 2015 - AB Vista is re-organizing its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sales team into four regions to support the continued expansion of its business across this critical region. The changes will see the EMEA team organized into four regions, led by regional sales directors: Middle East and Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union, and West and South Europe, which also includes South Africa.

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Hendrix Genetics and NPM Capital Sign MoU to Join Forces in Animal Breeding and Life Sciences
May 20, 2015 - Hendrix Genetics, a leading multi-species animal genetics company, and NPM Capital, a subsidiary of family-owned SHV Holdings, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for NPM to become a minority shareholder in Hendrix Genetics, alongside existing shareholders (family Hendrix, Management and Sofiprotéol), via the issuing of new shares. Completion of the transaction is expected mid-year. The family Hendrix will remain the majority and controlling shareholder and the company will continue to conduct its business under current corporate governance and with the existing management team, strategy and structure. The transaction is subject to customary notification and approval requirements.

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Cargill Says Its ‘Big Data’ Model Shows Where ‘Feed Regimen Tweaks Are Needed’
May 18, 2015 - The agribusiness giant said it has been helping integrated pork producers meet productivity gains and has fined tuned a feed mill’s phase use though leveraging its system of mathematical modelling and ‘big data.’

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Foster Farms' Dr. Robert O'Connor Honored with 2015 Food Safety Innovation Award from NSF International
May 1, 2015 - NSF International, a global independent public health organization, honored Robert O'Connor, DVM, senior vice president of technical services at Foster Farms, with a 2015 Food Safety Innovation Award. The award, announced at the Food Safety Leadership Awards ceremony during the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, honors outstanding breakthroughs in food safety and individuals who have made a lasting impact.

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Tyson Foods Plans to Cut Human Antibiotics in U.S. Chicken Flocks by 2017
April 28, 2015 - Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 - one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company. The Arkansas-based chicken and meat giant also said it is working on ways to curtail such on-farm drug practices at its other protein businesses, which include pork and beef.

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Poultry a Key Focus for Marfrig Global Foods in 2015
April 10, 2015 - Taking advantage of the favorable global outlook for poultry, and the opening of new markets for Brazilian beef, are key focuses for Marfrig Global Foods in its strategy for 2015.

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Simmons Foods Receives Darden Supplier Award
April 6, 2015 - Darden Restaurants recently announced that Simmons Foods, based in Siloam Springs, Ark., was named one of six "William B. Darden Distinguished Supplier Award" honorees for 2015.

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Expanding Operations
March 31, 2015 - The first phase of GNP Co.’s expansion plan is under way at the company’s Cold Spring and St. Cloud operations, the company announced. The first phase is expected to cost approximately $35 million. The expansion plan includes a building addition and installation of new equipment, which will increase processing capacity at the Cold Spring plant’s first-processing area as well as build-up of the company’s hatchery, the company said.

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Marel to Merge Its Bornholm and Aarhus Activities
March 24, 2015 - Marel is transferring all of its activities in Bornholm, Denmark to an existing facility in Aarhus, Denmark. Bornholm activities which are focused on development and manufacturing of advanced portioning equipment for the meat, fish and poultry industries will be transferred to Aarhus, the home of Marel’s activities in fixed weight packing and robotics.

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Alchemy Systems Acquires Chilton Consulting Group
March 11, 2015 - Alchemy Systems, the global leader in food and workplace safety for the food industry, has acquired Chilton Consulting Group. Chilton is an industry-recognized consulting firm that helps food companies navigate complex food safety standards, improve regulatory readiness, and drive frontline employee performance.

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House of Raeford Statement Regarding Sale of Further Processing Plant
February 20, 2015 - House of Raeford Farms announced the sale of its Raeford, NC-based turkey cook plant to Butterball, LLC.

In commenting on the sale, Bob Johnson, House of Raeford President and CEO, said:

“House of Raeford is pleased that another reputable North Carolina brand will be expanding operations in Raeford. This transaction will bring quality employment and business opportunities to the community through the continued operation of this facility. House of Raeford remains committed to and appreciates the support of the local community and its officials throughout this process.”

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Randy Day Named President of Perdue Farms
February 12, 2015 - Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, has announced the promotion of Randy Day to president of Perdue Foods, effective Feb. 11, 2015.

“Randy has 35 years of experience at Perdue Farms, including more than two decades on the Perdue Foods side of the business, and fully understands our diverse and growing Foods business and the strategy for growth,” said Perdue. “Most importantly, he understands that we have a strong foundation in our values of quality, integrity, teamwork, and stewardship, and our vision to become the most trusted name in food and agricultural products. I’m confident in Randy’s leadership and experience to guide our Foods business.”

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Elanco, Tyson Foods and GNP Company Team Up to Fight Hunger
February 3, 2015 - Elanco announced results of its #Feedthe9 community outreach to help fight hunger. In support of its vision for a food-secure world, Elanco’s poultry business unit donated a total of $18,000 to three customers’ community partners, and worked with 400 employees at GNP Company and Tyson Foods locations in three states to provide more than 10 tons of food and package over 14,000 meals. Elanco also recognized Tyson Foods’ team members in Monroe, N.C., for generating the most social media posts using the hashtag #Feedthe9TysonNC to raise awareness about their partner, Operation Reach Out.

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Perdue Agribusiness Headquarters Moving to Delaware
January 26, 2015 - Perdue Farms subsidiary Perdue AgriBusiness will be relocating its headquarters from Salisbury, Md., to Sussex County, Del. In a statement, the company said: “Approximately 150 current and future executive, management and support positions will be housed at the new location. All other Perdue AgriBusiness operations will continue in their current locations, including the grain operations at Zion Church Road in Salisbury.”

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Big Dutchman Acquires Controlling Interest in Proline Group
January 22, 2015 - The Big Dutchman group based in Vechta, Germany, announced that the company has acquired a controlling interest of the Canada-based Proline Group. With about 50 employees globally, Proline Group is a leading supplier of production technologies for the pig, poultry, and grain handling industries in Asia and Oceania. Proline Group designs, supplies, builds and installs (turn-key) livestock equipment and facilities for pig, poultry and grain production under the brands PigPro, ChickPro and GrainPro.

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Investigation Reveals Plastic in Nugget Not from Cargill Facilities
January 14, 2015 - Cargill announced today, that after an exhaustive investigation, they are confident the blue, plastic foreign material recently reported in one McDonalds Chicken Nugget in Japan did not originate from Cargill’s production facilities. The Cargill investigation included physical analysis, chemical analysis, microscopic third-party lab analysis and a step-by-step search across Cargill’s entire production facility.

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