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2018

Tyson Foods Acquisition of Keystone Foods Gets Green Light
October 15, 2018 - Nearly two months after announcing the $2.16 billion deal, Marfrig Global Foods S.A. said its sale of Keystone Foods to Tyson Foods has been approved by the U.S. antitrust authority as well as Brazil’s National Bank for Economic & Social Development.

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Tyson Brings Relief to Hurricane Michael Victims
October 15, 2018 - Tyson Foods deployed its 53-ft. mobile kitchen and cook teams to Georgia and began serving meals to communities struck by Hurricane Michael at 10:00 a.m. on Oct. 14 as part of the company’s Meals that Matter disaster relief program. Tyson cooks prepared and provided free meals both on site and throughout the community using approximately 250,000 lbs. of Tyson product.

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DSM Expands India Operations with the Opening of Second Animal Nutrition & Health Premix Plant
October 15, 2018 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, today officially opened its second Animal Nutrition & Health premix plant in Jadcherla, India.

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Conagra Brands Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock
October 9, 2018 - Conagra Brands, Inc. has announced the pricing of an underwritten offering of 16,312,057 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $35.25 per share. Conagra Brands has also granted the underwriters an option, exercisable for 30 days after the date of the final prospectus supplement, to purchase up to an additional 1,631,206 shares of its common stock at the public offering price less an underwriting discount. JANA Partners LLC is purchasing 5,673,759 shares in the offering. Conagra Brands expects to receive net proceeds of $556 million (or approximately $612 million if the underwriters exercise, in full, their option to purchase additional shares), after deducting the underwriting discount, but before deducting estimated offering expenses. The offering is expected to close on Oct. 12, subject to customary closing conditions.

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Alltech Serdán Receives Distinctive ESR® 2018 Recognition for 25 Years of Social Responsibility
October 2, 2018 - Alltech Serdán has been honored with the Distinctive ESR® (Socially Responsible Company) 2018 designation for its voluntary commitment to implementing socially responsible management practices. The designation recognizes Alltech Serdán’s years of involvement in multiple community projects, including El Cerrito primary school, La Familia Home and the Multiple Adaptation Center, which serves children with different abilities. These community activities are performed in addition to the plant’s constant application of responsible business practices with suppliers, collaborators and customers.

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Cal-Maine Foods Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
October 1, 2018 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported results for the first quarter (thirteen weeks) ended Sept. 1. Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were $340.6 million, a 29.6 percent increase, compared to $262.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company reported net income of $12.4 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to a loss of $16.0 million, or $0.33 per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

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Wilkes Community College Partners with Tyson for New Poultry Learning Lab
October 1, 2018 - Wilkes Community College is welcoming hundreds of baby chicks to campus as part of a new learning lab that will give students hands-on experience for jobs in the poultry business. The college's Tyson Foods Sustainable Animal Science Lab is now officially open. The company gave the school a little over $100,000 to help build the site, which houses around 500 chickens and state-of-the-art equipment to train students in several jobs. There are drinkers and feeders that can be adjusted as the birds grow. There’s even a chicken cam to monitor what’s going on inside the house 24/7.

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ADM Vice Presidents Camille Batiste, Alix Dowling Named to Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching List
September 28, 2018 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced that Camille Batiste, vice president of global procurement, and Alix Dowling, vice president of global tax, were recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as winners of the 17th Annual Women Worth Watching Award.

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Hubbard to Add 40 Full-Time Jobs to Walpole Workforce
September 28, 2018 - Hubbard LLC plans to expand its workforce in Walpole by 40 full-time positions, the Tennessee-based global poultry-breeding company has announced. The new research and development jobs will mainly be in various facets of chicken breeding. The added employees will join the 50 already working in Walpole in areas such as research and development, maintenance and hatchery production, according to Human Resource Manager Cindy Cox.

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A Worthwhile Partnership: Simmons and the Career Academy of Siloam Springs (CASS)
September 28, 2018 - Simmons Foods is proud to partner with the Siloam Springs High School Career Academy of Siloam Springs (CASS) to provide work-ready students the opportunity to apply the technical skills they’ve learned in the program at local manufacturing companies like Simmons. The CASS Program teaches students in the classroom skills like welding and electrical work they can use to get jobs once they graduate.

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Darling Ingredients Provides Update on Diamond Green Diesel Expansion
September 28, 2018 - Darling Ingredients Inc. reported that the Diamond Green Diesel ("DGD") facility in Norco, La., which is a joint venture with a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation ("Valero"), will be taking downtime until approximately Oct. 1, to replace a catalyst that was damaged during start-up of the facility, which was expanded from 160 million gallons to 275 million gallons per year of renewable diesel capacity. The issue that caused the damage to the catalyst was identified and remedied.

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Eggland's Best Goes Pink to Support Susan G. Komen
September 27, 2018 - Eggland's Best (EB) continues to support the fight to end breast cancer with its ongoing partnership with Susan G. Komen®. This year marks the ninth year that Eggland's Best has helped fund Komen's mission to save lives by ensuring that all people receive the care they need, and finding breakthroughs that prevent and cure breast cancer.

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Hormel Foods Donation Helps Fight Hunger in Barron, Wis.
September 24, 2018 - Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, Wis., the local manufacturing facility owned by Hormel Foods Corporation, announced that it has donated $10,000 to the Barron Cupboard and Closet to help fight hunger in the community.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Names Edith Kelly-Green to Board of Directors; Company Announces Quarterly Dividend
September 21, 2018 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that Edith Kelly-Green was elected to the Company’s board of directors, effective Sept. 20. She will serve as a Class B director until the annual meeting of shareholders in 2019 and will, if re-elected at that meeting, serve for a term expiring in 2021.

The Company also announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 (thirty-two cents) per share payable Oct. 16 to stockholders of record on Oct. 2.

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Mountaire Farms Donates 40,000 lbs. of Chicken for Hurricane Relief
September 21, 2018 - Mountaire Farms Inc. is sending 40,000 pounds of chicken to North Carolina to help feed those in need after the devastation of Hurricane Florence. The company is partnering with the nonprofit Operation BBQ Relief, a volunteer organization that mobilizes during disasters to cook hot meals for first responders, volunteers, and those impacted by the recent flooding.

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BIOMIN Breaks Ground on New ERBER Group Production Site in Haag Am Hausruck, Austria
September 21, 2018 - BIOMIN, an affiliated company of ERBER Group that develops sustainable, antibiotic-free and top-quality animal nutrition products for healthy and profitable animal production, recently broke ground on a new production site. Located in the state of Upper Austria, the facility is scheduled to begin operating in December 2019 and marks the firm’s further expansion and growth.

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Elanco Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
September 21, 2018 - Elanco Animal Health Incorporated, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) of 62.9 million shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $24 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 20, under the ticker symbol “ELAN.” The offering is expected to close on Sept. 24, subject to customary closing conditions. Elanco has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 9.435 million additional shares of common stock at the initial price to the public less underwriting discounts.

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Perdue Unveils New Packaging to Resonate with Millennials and Loyal Customers
September 18, 2018 - To enhance credibility and preference amongst today’s evolving consumer, PERDUE® is introducing a new, modern package design for its line of fresh chicken. The contemporary design introduces a variety of playful illustrations and vibrant colors aimed to inspire and connect with the millennial demographic, while staying true to the PERDUE® way.

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DowDuPont™ Announces Senior Leaders of the Future Independent Companies, Corteva Agriscience™ and DuPont
September 18, 2018 - DowDuPont announced the senior leaders of the independent companies that will be created following the separation of its Agriculture (Corteva Agriscience) and Specialty Products (DuPont) Divisions, which is expected to occur by June 1, 2019. In addition, the company announced that Ed Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont, will become executive chairman of DuPont following the separation.

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ADM Cares Donates $56,000 to Area and Local Organizations
September 14, 2018 - ADM Cares showed its generosity by donating a total of $56,000 to 13 different Columbus, Neb., organizations. “That’s something we are very proud of,” said Steve Dewald, plant manager of ADM's ethanol dry mill at 3000 E 8th St. Dewald said ADM Cares is a longtime company initiative to give back to the communities’ employees call home. He said the team worked hard surveying the community and interviewing prospective company representatives in an effort to understand the needs of each organization.

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Former Chef to Reagan Helps Cargill Bet on World's Love for Meat
September 14, 2018 - After cooking meals for President Ronald Reagan at the White House in the 1980s, Stephen Giunta has re-invented himself as a culinary whisperer, advising one of the world’s biggest food companies on how to make meat tastier.

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Cargill Announces Strategic Equity Investment in Agriness to Help Customers Across the Globe Increase Animal Productivity and Farm Profitability
September 13, 2018 - Cargill and Agriness, the technology leader in Latin America swine production, announced a strategic partnership that will foster industry-wide transformation and bring emerging digital technologies to customers around the world to improve animal production and farm profitability. Terms of Cargill's minority equity investment were not disclosed.

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Huvepharma® Acquires Qalian
September 13, 2018 - Huvepharma announced its acquisition of the Animal Health Division of Neovia, from InVivo Group, a move that will expand the EU focus on livestock animal health products. This includes Qalian France (Segré), Meriel France (hygiene line, St Etienne, France), Qalian Portugal (Lisbon) and Qalian Italy (Carpi).

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Evonik: New Broiler Trial Ends 30-Year Debate on Bioavailability of Methionine Sources
September 10, 2018 - A new trial conducted using modern broiler genetics has confirmed that the bioavailability of methionine from liquid hydroxy analogue (MHA-FA) products is only about 65 percent, compared to DL-methionine (DLM) products such as MetAMINO®. This definitive finding is consistent with the recent scientific opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and will help producers optimize feed costs. The study was conducted at Schothorst Feed Research in the Netherlands and showed that the relative bioavailability of MH-FA and DLM65 compared to MetAMINO® was 65 percent and 61 percent respectively. All the bioavailability estimates for MHA-FA were significantly lower than 88 percent, which is the active substance content.

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Herbrucks Celebrates 60 Years in Business
September 10, 2018 - Sixty years ago, Marilyn and the late Harry Herbruck Jr. founded Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch at 6425 Grand River Avenue near Saranac. Today, that is Herbruck’s main office and headquarters, and they are the largest egg producer in Michigan and the 11th largest in the United States.

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Aviagen Sponsors CPRC Research and Graduate Scholarship
September 7, 2018 - For Aviagen®, advancing industry research and training the next generation of industry professionals are core values, and the company continually seeks out opportunities to support these priorities. Aviagen has contributed to the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) since 2012. This year for the first time, a portion of its donation will be earmarked for the “Aviagen/CPRC Post-Graduate Scholarship in Poultry Genetics.”

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George’s Inc. Has Deal in Place to Buy Ozark Mountain Poultry
September 5, 2018 - Springdale-based George’s Inc., a fourth generation family owned and operated poultry and prepared foods company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ozark Mountain Poultry Inc. (OMP) of Rogers.

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Hormel Shares Food Journey Progress in 12th Annual Corporate Responsibility Report
September 4, 2018 - Hormel Foods Corporation has announced the launch of its 12th annual corporate responsibility (CR) report. The report is available online at https://csr.hormelfoods.com/ and includes information about the company's CR progress in fiscal 2017.

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Perdue Unveils Cheaper Organic Chicken
August 29, 2018 - It could get cheaper to buy organic chicken. Perdue Farms announced that will have the product on the shelves in October at half the price of other organic brands. It’s called Simply Smart Organics.

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Hain Celestial Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results
August 29, 2018 - The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. ("Hain Celestial" or the "Company"), a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life™, has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30. The results contained herein are presented with the Hain Pure Protein operating segment being treated as a discontinued operation given the Company's previously announced decision to divest the business, which is expected to be completed during the first half of fiscal year 2019.

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Perdue Agribusiness Move Gets Boost with Grant to City
August 22, 2018 - Perdue Farms’ plans to move its Perdue AgriBusiness headquarters to Delmar, Del., received a boost this week as the Sussex County Council is awarding a $125,000 grant to the City of Delmar for infrastructure improvements to support the move.

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House of Raeford Farms Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance
August 22, 2018 - The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council has awarded four House of Raeford Farms locations with safety awards for outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. Three House of Raeford processing plants -Arcadia, La., Rose Hill, N.C., and West Columbia, S.C. - as well as the House of Raeford hatchery in Lavonia, Ga., were each recognized for their commitment to safety with Awards of Distinction during the 2018 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla.

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Perdue Recognized as Leader in Poultry Workplace Safety
August 20, 2018 - The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council has awarded seven of Perdue’s 17 food-producing operations its Award of Distinction, the Council’s highest honor for consistently implementing innovative and effective workplace safety health processes and systems. They were among 24 Perdue facilities in nine states, including 10 of the company’s food-producing plants that received workplace safety awards at the 2018 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla.

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Tyson Foods to Acquire Keystone Foods for $2.16 Billion
August 20, 2018 - Tyson Foods, Inc. announced it has reached a definitive agreement to buy the Keystone Foods business from Marfrig Global Foods for $2.16 billion in cash. The acquisition of Keystone, a major supplier to the growing global foodservice industry, is Tyson Foods’ latest investment in furtherance of its growth strategy and expansion of its value-added protein capabilities.

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ADM Opens Technical Innovation Center in Shanghai
August 20, 2018 - Archer Daniels Midland Company is celebrating the opening of its new regional office and state-of-the-art flavor and ingredient creation, application, development and customer innovation center in Shanghai, China. The opening of the space was announced at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Elanco Animal Health Announces Pricing of $2.0 Billion of Senior Notes
August 17, 2018 - Eli Lilly and Company has announced that its subsidiary, Elanco Animal Health Incorporated, has priced a private offering of $2.0 billion of senior notes (the “Offering”), consisting of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 3.912 percent senior notes due Aug. 27, 2021; $750 million aggregate principal amount of 4.272 percent senior notes due Aug. 28, 2023; and $750 million aggregate principal amount of 4.900 percent senior notes due Aug. 28, 2028.

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Hormel Foods Featured on Selling Power’s 2018 50 Best Companies to Sell for List
August 16, 2018 - Hormel Foods Corporation has announced the company was recently ranked No. 25 on the Selling Power 50 Best Companies to Sell for list.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. to Host Its Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Conference Call
August 9, 2018 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. has announced that it will host its third quarter fiscal 2018 earnings conference call at 10 a.m. Central time, 11 a.m. Eastern time, on Thursday, Aug. 23. During this call, management will comment on Sanderson Farms’ financial and operating results for the third quarter ended July 31. Those who wish to participate in the call may do so by dialing 888-204-4368 (Conference Code 7234032).

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Meyn Acquires Italian-Based Enterprise Maxitech
August 9, 2018 - Meyn Food Processing Technology BV today announced that they have established Meyn Italy SRL and have acquired the assets of Maxitech SRL and Maxi STM; companies specialized in world-class live bird handling solutions. Meyn is a global market leader in poultry processing solutions with an extensive portfolio of poultry processing machines. The Maxitech products are valuable additions to the Meyn portfolio and will be incorporated into Meyn’s family of products.

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Alltech Honors Agricultural Communicators at Ag Media Summit
August 9, 2018 - Agriculture communicators are the voice of the industry, sharing stories and educating the public on where their food comes from. Students and young professionals are the future and have the ability to amplify these messages through multiple new media channels. During the 2018 Ag Media Summit (AMS), Alltech honored young agricultural communicators through the Livestock Publications Council Forrest Bassford Student Award and the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) Alltech Cultivating Young Ag Journalists Awards.

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Land O'Lakes, Inc. Recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Company
August 7, 2018 - Land O’Lakes, Inc. was recently named a Yellow Ribbon Company by the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs’ Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. The program, initiated in 2007, recognizes companies and communities that proactively create a workplace culture that supports and meets the needs of service members, veterans and military families.

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Intertek Group Acquires Alchemy Systems
August 3, 2018 - Alchemy Systems, a global leader in frontline workforce training and communications announces that Intertek Group plc, the Total Quality Assurance provider to a range of industries world-wide, has acquired Alchemy from The Riverside Company.

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ADM Reports Second Quarter Earnings of $1.00 per Share, $1.02 per Share on an Adjusted Basis
August 1, 2018 - Archer Daniels Midland Company reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, including net earnings of $566 million and adjusted earnings per share up 79 percent, with strong execution and robust global demand driving excellent performance across the business.

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Walmart Foundation and Tyson Foods Invest in Region’s Inclusion Efforts
August 1, 2018 - With strong financial support from Tyson Foods and Walmart Foundation, EngageNWA, which operates as part of the Northwest Arkansas Council, launched its strategic plan with the goal to enhance the region’s ability to ensure an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone who makes Northwest Arkansas home. Details of the four-year plan were announced at a news conference at The Jones Center in Springdale. The plan includes initiatives to move Northwest Arkansas forward in five key areas: economic development, government, civic engagement, safe and connected communities and education.

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Aviagen Looks at European Slower Growing Broiler Market
July 27, 2018 - Insights over demand for slower growing broilers across Europe has shown a complex market with a range of cultural drivers. Aviagen’s Rowan Range business manager in Europe Claudio Ambrogio has spent the past year visiting colleagues and customers across Europe to get a deeper understanding of the slower growing markets in each country and region of the continent.

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Land O'Lakes, Inc. Names Beth Ford President and CEO
July 27, 2018 - The Land O’Lakes, Inc. board of directors announced its selection of Beth Ford as president and CEO of one of the nation’s largest food and agricultural cooperatives and #216 on the Fortune 500. Ford assumes leadership of the company following the retirement of Chris Policinski. Ford will assume the role of president and CEO effective Aug. 1.

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JJamesway Incubator Company Appoints New President
July 12, 2018 - Jamesway Incubation Company Inc., incubation and hatchery equipment manufacturer, announced yesterday that Denis Kan, CPA, CMA, will assume the role of President replacing former president Christopher Omiecinski.

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Cargill Reports Fiscal 2018 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results
July 12, 2018 - Cargill today reported $3.2 billion in adjusted operating earnings for the 2018 fiscal year, one of its best performances. The fourth quarter also was very strong. The company’s improved financial results over the past two years are the outcome of significant efforts by its teams to redefine how Cargill operates. The organization runs today with greater agility and stronger integration to serve customers’ rapidly changing needs.

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House of Raeford Sells North Carolina Plant
July 5, 2018 - House of Raeford Farms announced on July 3 that it will sell its Mocksville, North Carolina-based chicken processing plant to Brakebush Brothers Inc. of Westfield, Wis.

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Tyson's Lexington Facility Celebrates Increased Safety
July 3, 2018 - As the month of June came to a close, so did Tyson Foods month long focus on safety. June was national safety awareness month and Tyson held a number of events to increase safety awareness. The month culminated in a meal served to the Tyson employees during their shift change on Friday.

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Perdue Farms Awards $75,000 in Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Scholarships to 15 Children of Perdue Associates and Farm Partners
June 25, 2018 - Perdue Farms, through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has awarded $75,000 in scholarships to 15 children of Perdue associates and independent contract farmers.

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Record UK Cobb Charity Shoot Benefits Papworth Hospital
June 22, 2018 - Record support for the Cobb Charity Shoot from across the UK poultry industry resulted in more than £7,000 being raised for Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire. Now in its eighth year, the all-day event attracted 35 teams involving 140 individuals competing for trophies at the High Lodge shooting range at Darsham in Suffolk.

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House of Raeford Allows Local Youth Athletes to Build Character, Train with the Pros
June 16, 2018 - Nearly 800 youth athletes from across eastern North Carolina learned what it takes to be successful both on and off the playing field this weekend during the 3rd Annual Jeremiah Castille Character Football Camp.

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Allen Harim Awards 2018 Legacy Scholarships
June 11, 2018 - Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of No Antibiotic Chicken on Delmarva, presented five students with the Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship, which provides a $2,500 financial award for college. The Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship was created last year when the company announced they would be using savings from a newly installed solar project to create the program. Children of employees and contract growers wanting to attend college or trade schools were eligible to apply for the funds.

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Perdue Farms Names Brenda Galgano Chief Financial Officer
June 11, 2018 - Brenda M. Galgano has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer of Perdue Farms, a leader in premium proteins and agricultural products, effective June 11. She will be responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the company, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, as well as managing tax, internal audit, treasury, risk management and information technology.

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Online Grading Tools Available Now on Aviagen's Website
June 8, 2018 - Aviagen’s Global Technical Transfer Team (GTTT) recently released two online tools to help producers of parent stock (PS) through every step of the grading process: A spreadsheet entitled “Grading Tool” and a “Grading to Manage Uniformity” interactive PDF. Grading is a key management task in PS production. Done well, it aids flock uniformity, and a uniform flock is easier to manage and will have better overall performance.

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Simmons Interns Participate in Community Involvement Day
June 7, 2018 - On Wednesday, 31 student interns participated in the first ever Simmons Intern Community Involvement Day, a day for summer interns to volunteer in the local community. Interns in Siloam Springs volunteered their time to a local animal shelter through Tailwaggers. Tailwaggers is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of pets and their owners through education, spaying/neutering, and fostering and adopting abandoned, abused and neglected animals. The interns consolidated 13 pallets of dog treats into small containers, painted dog houses and walked the dogs.

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Sanderson Farms to Participate in Jefferies 2018 Global Consumer Conference
June 6, 2018 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) today announced that management will participate in the Jefferies 2018 Global Consumer Conference, to be held June 19-20, 2018, in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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Cargill-supported National School Meals Program Establish Better Nutrition in Primary Schools
June 5, 2018 - A joint nutrition program by Cargill and World Food Program (WFP) – National School Meals Program – is showing very positive results in helping primary school students in Indonesia improve their nutrition and hygiene. Since the beginning of the program in May 2017, 76,000 meals have been distributed across three districts. The program is in support of the Program Gizi Anak Sekolah (PROGAS), which is a wider initiative from the Ministry of Education and Culture Ministry Republic of Indonesia.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2018
May 24, 2018 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. reported results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended April 30. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 were $813.5 million compared with $802.0 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, net income was $41.9 million, or $1.84 per share, compared with net income of $67.0 million, or $2.95 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2017.

Net sales for the first six months of fiscal 2018 were $1,585.4 million compared with $1,490.4 million for the same period of fiscal 2017. Net income for the first half of the year totaled $93.2 million, or $4.08 per share, compared with net income of $91.0 million, or $4.00 per share, for the first six months of last year.

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Hormel Foods Announces Record Second Quarter Results and Reaffirms Full Year Guidance
May 24, 2018 - Hormel Foods Corporation, a leading global branded food company, reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. All comparisons are to the second quarter of fiscal 2017 unless otherwise noted.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY -Record diluted earnings per share of $0.44, up 13 percent from 2017 EPS of $0.39 -Fiscal 2018 earnings guidance reaffirmed at $1.81 to $1.95 per share -Record net sales of $2.3 billion, up 7 percent; Organic net sales flat -Volume of 1.2 billion lbs., up 3 percent; Organic volume1 down 1 percent -Operating margin of 13.1 percent compared to 14.4 percent last year -Effective tax rate of 20.0 percent compared to 33.2 percent last year -Year-to-date cash flow from operations of $443 million, up 58 percent compared to last year.

JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE -Volume down 3 percent -Net sales down 4 percent -Segment profit down 34 percent

Sales declines were primarily due to lower whole bird pricing and volume as a result of continued oversupply of turkeys in the industry and excess meat in cold storage. Sales declines of whole birds were partially offset by increased retail sales, led by Jennie-O® lean ground turkey and Jennie-O® Oven Ready® products. Segment profit decreased as a result of lower profits from whole bird and commodity sales, double-digit increases in per-unit freight costs, and increased advertising.

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Case Farms ‘Hatches’ Unique Program for Church of the Lakes Preschool
May 24, 2018 - Case Farms, a fully-integrated poultry farming and processing group, recently began a hatchery education program with the Church of the Lakes Preschool in Canton, Ohio. The program, led by Amber Neuman, Case Farms hatchery supervisor in Strasburg, is designed to create a hands-on experience that teaches children about farm animals and life cycles.

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Simmons Celebrates Family Farmers in 2018 Grower Appreciation Day
May 24, 2018 - Hundreds of people gathered Saturday, May 19 to share food, family and fun near Simmons Food’s headquarters in Siloam Springs, Ark. Each year, Simmons Prepared Foods hosts a Grower Appreciation Day to thank more than 300 independent family farmers who raise chickens for the company.

James Smith, senior vice president of the company’s animal agriculture and first processing operations shared, “Everything we do starts on family farms. We’re really proud of the folks who choose to partner with Simmons to make quality food for our customers. This event is our way of saying ‘thank you’.”

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Darling Ingredients Inc. Announces Acquisition of Protein Conversion and Used Cooking Oil Collection Business
May 22, 2018 - Darling Ingredients Inc. announced that is has acquired substantially all of the assets of Kruger Commodities, Inc. including protein conversion facilities in Hamilton, MI and Tama, IA along with a protein blending operation and used cooking oil collection business in Omaha, NE to support our low carbon fuel initiative at Diamond Green Diesel.

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Mosaic to Move Corporate Headquarters to Hillsborough County, Fla.
May 22, 2018 - The Mosaic Company announced that it intends to move its corporate headquarters, including senior executives and related functions, to Hillsborough County, Fla. Details of the move, including timing, the exact location of the corporate office and the number of employees to be relocated, remain under consideration.

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Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms, Talks about Bringing Hometown Values and Exceptional Service to a Global Leader
May 21, 2018 - Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms, in an interview with national radio show CEO Forum, where he discusses meeting consumer expectations and how Perdue is making strides to stay relevant.

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Just BARE Teams up with USA Cycling
May 18, 2018 - Pilgrim’s is announcing that Just BARE® chicken, its brand committed to providing good food for more people, is teaming up with USA Cycling to extend its commitment and mission beyond the dinner table. Just BARE is proud to sponsor USA Cycling in its mission to foster a shared commitment to safety, integrity, and the joy of cycling. We are inspired by individuals and organizations who selflessly champion causes and self-improvement with passion and perseverance. Nutrition plays an important role in an athlete’s routine, and Just BARE chicken provides the low-fat, high-protein nutrition necessary to maintain a balanced diet and improve human health, leading to optimum performance.

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Diamond V at 75: New Manufacturing Facility Springing Up
May 16, 2018 - As the structural steel rises at Diamond V’s South Plant 2, the company’s vision of global growth brings greatly expanded manufacturing capacity. Construction on Diamond V’s 97,000 square foot plant expansion resumed with the spring weather at the corporate campus and global headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The initial investment in the expansion — announced in 2016 — is $30 million. When all phases of the expansion are complete, the total cost is expected to exceed $70 million.

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Tyson Foods invests in Feeding America Affiliated Food Banks to help serve hungry neighbors
May 10, 2018 - As part of Tyson Foods’ efforts to raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do and its commitment to support the communities it serves, the company announced today nearly $1.2 million in grants to 18 Feeding America food banks in 15 states. The investments represent approximately four million pounds of food or the equivalent of 16 million servings of protein that will be distributed to address food insecurity.

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Butterball CEO named 2018 Poultry Person of the Year
May 9, 2018 - Butterball Chief Executive Officer Kerry Doughty was awarded the 2018 Poultry Person of the Year by Urner Barry, a business publisher of market news for the poultry, egg, meat, seafood industries. Doughty was recognized for his achievements at Urner Barry’s 42nd annual Executive Conference and Marketing Seminar in Las Vegas on April 30.

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Hormel Foods Recognized as a Best for Vets Employer for Sixth Year in a Row
May 8, 2018 - Hormel Foods Corporation has announced it has been recognized for the sixth consecutive year on the Military Times Best for Vets Employers list. The company ranked No. 75 on the list, which evaluates many factors that make a company a good fit for military veterans.

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Alltech President Dr. Mark Lyons to Present on Kentucky’s Potential as Innovation Hub
May 2, 2018 - The Alltech Idea Pub: News & Brews series continues with an exciting exploration of Kentucky’s potential to become the next Silicon Valley. Dr. Mark Lyons, president of Alltech, will lead a discussion on recruiting top talent to the region, shining a global spotlight on Lexington and becoming a nexus for innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly within food and ag tech.

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Industry-Leading Poultry Processor, Peco Foods, to Invest $40 Million in West Point, Miss.
May 1, 2018 - Peco Foods, the nation’s 8th largest poultry producer, is opening new operations in West Point, Miss. According to an announcement by Peco Foods CEO Mark Hickman, the company is investing $40 million in the project that will create 300 new jobs in the Golden Triangle over the next four years.

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Marel Q1 2018 Results
April 24, 2018 - Marel reports strong organic growth and solid performance for Q1 2018. Results are as follows:

- Orders received were EUR 329m (1Q17: 293m). - Revenues were EUR 288m (1Q17: 253m). - EBIT* was EUR 44m (1Q17: 38m), translating to an EBIT* margin of 15.2 percent (1Q17: 14.9 percent). - Net result was EUR 28m (1Q17: 21m) and earnings per share (EPS) were EUR 4.11 cents (1Q17: 2.99 cents). - Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax in the quarter was EUR 56m (1Q17: 38m). - Dividend of EUR 4.19 cents per share was paid out to shareholders, corresponding to EUR 29m or around 30 percent of net profits for 2017, was declared in March 2018. In the quarter, Marel also purchased EUR 30.3m worth of treasury shares. - Net debt/EBITDA was x2.0 at quarter-end (YE17: x1.9). Targeted capital structure is x2-3 net debt/EBITDA. - The order book was EUR 529m (FY17: 472m).

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Sanderson Farms to Participate in Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum
April 24, 2018 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that management will participate in the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum to be held Tuesday, May 8, at the Goldman Sachs Conference Center in New York City. The investor presentation by Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer, and Mike Cockrell, treasurer and chief financial officer, will begin at approximately 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 8, and will be available to investors via a live audio webcast. A link to the broadcast can be found at the investor relations section of the Company's website, www.sandersonfarms.com and a replay will be available for 30 days.

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Tyson Takes the Center under Its Wing
April 18, 2018 - For years, Tyson Foods Inc. has been an industry leader on Sand Mountain by providing hundreds of jobs and supporting the community but, recently, it decided to give back in a different way. Before Christmas, Tyson chose to sponsor The Center on Broad in Albertville and assist them with daily operations – whether it be donating and serving food, or simply spending time with different seniors that enjoy coming to The Center.

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Braswell Family Farms Prides Itself on Being Involved in Its Employees’ Lives
April 18, 2018 - When employees go through struggles at home, many companies want them to leave that baggage outside the office doors. There’s no time to deal with those personal hardships when deadlines are looming and customers are looking for a fast response. But more often than not, those home factors bleed into an employees’ work in one way or another.

The folks behind North Carolina egg producer Braswell Family Farms recognize that sometimes their employees need extra help coping with hardship. Five years ago, the company enlisted Corporate Chaplains of America to provide crisis care to employees 24/7. Workers have access to a chaplain who can help them manage grief, deal with home problems or simply act as a listener.

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Feeding America® and International Paper Join Forces to Help People Facing Hunger and Recovering from Disasters
April 17, 2018 - Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, announced a new agreement with International Paper to help feed America's hungry and to support its national disaster relief efforts. As part of their commitment of helping people in need, International Paper, a global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products has designed disaster relief boxes to help Feeding America® pre-stage in several communities to be prepared for the aftermath of a disaster; saving crucial time and resources. To date, International Paper has donated 60,000 custom designed boxes as well as $250,000 to aid Feeding America in its disaster response efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria and the ongoing California fire crisis. International Paper will also donate an additional $1 million over two years to help end hunger in America.

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Perdue Farms Commemorates 50th Anniversary of PERDUE® Branded Chicken
April 16, 2018 - Fifty years ago, the introduction of PERDUE® branded chicken forever transformed the chicken business and went on to make history. On Friday, April 13, Perdue Farms commemorated the 50th anniversary of the PERDUE® brand at the hometown Salisbury processing plant that produced those very first chickens.

“Before we processed our first chicken here, dad asked customers what they wanted, and the people working in this plant delivered on those expectations,” said Jim Perdue, chairman and advertising spokesperson. “Today is a celebration of a brand and a plant, but also a reaffirmation of the promise to keep listening and responding to what consumers and customers expect from us.”

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Bell & Evans to Invest $260 Million to Build Poultry Harvesting Facility
April 16, 2018 - U.S. poultry production company Bell & Evans is set to invest $260 million to build a new poultry harvesting facility in Pennsylvania. The new 560,000-square-foot facility will have four processing lines, each capable of housing 600,000 birds a week, which will then be processed at the company’s poultry processing site in Bethel Township.

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Dakota Provisions Recognized by COABE as 2018 Outstanding Workplace of the Year
April 13, 2018 - Dakota Provisions was recognized by the Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE) for workplace excellence as the 2018 Outstanding Workplace of the Year for its ongoing collaborative efforts with a local adult education provider to offer English-language instruction to its employees, helping them to integrate into the community and putting them on a path to economic mobility and professional advancement.

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Jennie-O Turkey Store Named Hunger Hero Award Winner by Second Harvest Heartland
April 12, 2018 - Like most widespread issues, local hunger can only be solved when the whole community works together. To help draw attention to the issue of hunger and recognize some of those who are making a difference to end it, Second Harvest Heartland recently announced seven Hunger Heroes who making a compassionate impact. Jennie-O Turkey store was honored in the Food category.

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Boehringer Ingelheim to invest €65 million in avian vaccines
April 11, 2018 - Six months after inaugurating its new French animal health headquarters in the heart of the Lyon-Gerland Biodistrict, Boehringer Ingelheim has confirmed its allegiance to the region by announcing that it is about to invest a further €65 million in the metropolitan area.

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Tyson Foods Donates Over $240,000 and Truckload of Protein to Kansas Food Bank
April 11, 2018 - Tyson Foods today announced a $242,069 donation to the Kansas Food Bank to fund improvements to the food bank’s warehouse, an updated online ordering system and the purchase of a tractor and trailer. The company also donated a truckload of protein to the food bank totaling 32,340 pounds.

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Hybrid Turkeys: Doing Our Part to Support Local Communities
April 11, 2018 - Family and community are at the core of the agriculture industry. Many farms, and large agricultural organizations, are owned and run by families or have created an extended family through their employee network and community involvement. Through many years of growth, and expansion into an international business, Hendrix Genetics still prides itself as a family owned company with strong roots in the local communities where employees live and work. It’s for this reason, we are so proud to highlight the success of our yearly community giving campaign in Canada.

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Tyson Foods Sets Two Million Acre Land Stewardship Target
April 3, 2018 - Tyson Foods, Inc. has committed to support improved environmental practices on two million acres of corn by the end of 2020. It is the largest-ever land stewardship commitment by a U.S. protein company and supports Tyson Foods’ recently announced goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30 percent by 2030. The two million acre commitment, which was announced today as part of the release of Tyson Foods’ newest sustainability report, will encourage grain farmers to adopt more efficient fertilizer practices, and take additional measures to reduce water runoff and soil loss.

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Simmon's Emporia Facility Donates Over $20,000 to United Way
April 2, 2018 - Team members from Simmons Pet Food in Emporia presented a check in the amount of $21,527.36 to the United Way of Flint Hills. The facility increased employee participation in the campaign by 25% and giving by 57%.

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Hy-Line Grandparent and Parent Stock Distributor Awarded Compartmentalization Status
March 30, 2018 - Hy-Line International, the world leader in layer poultry genetics, is pleased to announce its layer breeding stock distributor, Hy-Line do Brasil, has been awarded compartmentalization status by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA). This status is also recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Hy-Line do Brasil is the first egg layer genetic company to achieve this recognition.

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Hormel Foods Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend
March 26, 2018 - Hormel Foods Corporation, a multinational marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, has announced that its quarterly dividend on the common stock, authorized by the Board of Directors at eighteen and three quarter cents (18.75¢) a share on March 26, 2018, will be paid May 15, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 16, 2018.

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Kemin Releases Scientific Study on the Importance of Raw Material Variability When Assessing the Efficacy of Feed Enzymes
March 26, 2018 - Kemin Industries, a global nutritional ingredient company that uses science to create solutions and products that touch half the world's population, has released a novel study on the interaction of non-starch polysaccharides from wheat with the addition of feed enzymes, such as KEMZYME®. The study was published in Poultry Science, a high-impact international journal publishing original papers, research notes, symposium papers and reviews of basic science applied to poultry.

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Neogen reports third quarter results
March 22, 2018 - Neogen Corporation has announced that its revenues for the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year, which ended Feb. 28, increased 8% to $95,892,000, from the previous year's third quarter revenues of $88,385,000. Current year-to-date revenues were $292,965,000, up 12% compared to $262,747,000 for the same period a year ago.

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Perdue Foundation commits $50,000 to fund Early Learning Center at new library in Berlin, Md.
March 14, 2018 - As part of its commitment to education and libraries in the communities it serves, the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has committed $50,000 to support the Worcester County Library Foundation’s campaign to build a new public library in Berlin, Md., and help fund the Early Learning Center in an interactive children’s room.

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Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2017 Financial Results: 'Executing World of Growth Strategy'
February 27, 2018 - Darling Ingredients Inc., a global developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a wide range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and year ended December 30, 2017.

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Marel Releases 2017 Annual Report
February 27, 2018 - Marel’s 2017 Annual Report provides an extensive overview of the company’s strategy and business operations, as well as providing valuable insight into the business activities in the development and sale of food processing equipment for the poultry, meat and fish industry. 2017 was a great year with strong financial results. Revenues in 2017 were over EUR one billion and EBIT 15 percent. Marel has set a target for 12 percent average annual revenue growth in 2017-2026, both through organic growth and acquisitions.

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DowDuPont Announces Brand Names for the Three Indpendent Companies it Intends to Create, Reflecting Ongoing Progress towards Separations
February 26, 2018 - DowDuPont has announced the corporate brand names that each of its divisions plans to assume once they are separated as independent companies as intended. While certain product names will change at separation, many products within each intended company will continue be sold under their current, widely known brand names.

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Perdue Foundation Continues Support for Bertie County YMCA with Grant to Purchase New Fitness Equipment
February 23, 2018 - Perdue Farms has presented a $5,000 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to the Bertie County YMCA Inc. in Windsor, N.C., to help fund the purchase of new fitness equipment. The Perdue Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

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Hormel Foods Sees Opportunity in Deli
February 23, 2018 - The deli of the past is not the deli of the future, said James P. Snee, chairman, president and CEO of Hormel Foods Corp. “This is not our parents’ deli,” Snee said during a Feb. 22 presentation at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca Raton. “The deli is no longer only a place where you order a pound of your favorite protein sliced to your desired thickness ... today terms like quarter pound, half pound, paper thin, extra thick are joined by words like charcuterie, artisanal, crafted and millennials.”

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House of Raeford Standing with Employees
February 16, 2018 - There is an old phrase that says, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” House of Raeford Farms in Mocksville is doing just that after the central portion of the chicken processing plant off Eaton Road was heavily damaged by a fire on Dec. 14. While investigators and insurance adjusters have investigated the cause of the fire and determined the extent of the damage, House of Raeford has maintained its commitment to its 150 employees by continuing to pay their normal wage until further notice.

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Tyson Foods announces bonuses due to federal tax overhaul
February 8, 2018 - Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. says more than 100,000 employees will receive bonuses as a result of company savings due to the overhaul of federal tax laws. Tyson said last week that full-time employees who do not receive an annual bonus will get $1,000 and part-time workers who receive no annual bonus will get $500.

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From Theme Parks to Chicken Cutlets: The Nation's Most Loved Brands of 2017 May Surprise Marketers
February 8, 2018 - Perdue Chicken tops the list of most loved brands being talked about during online conversations. Perdue's marketing campaign featuring its multi-generational family business, along with its commitment to animal care, clearly resonated with consumers in 2017. Similarly, when it comes to budget-friendly hotels, travelers don't have enough good things to say about the Hampton Inn which ranked third for its high sentiment in online conversations.

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Merck's First-of-its-Kind Study Reveals Concern about the Future of the Veterinary Profession
February 6, 2018 - Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced the results of a large, well-controlled study with veterinarians designed to definitively quantify the prevalence of mental illness and stress in the veterinary profession and compare the findings to previous studies and the general U.S. population. Conducted in collaboration with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Merck Animal Health, the study found veterinarians age 45 and younger are more likely to experience serious psychological distress and only 27 percent of them would endorse the profession to a friend or family member.

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Mar-Jac Wastewater Rates, Tax Exemption Approved
January 19, 2018 - Mar-Jac Poultry has agreed to a new wastewater rate structure with the City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, which has been approved by the city council.

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Koch Foods renovating hatchery in Henagar, Ala.
January 19, 2018 - Koch Foods is completely renovating its hatchery in Henagar, Alabama. When the project is completed, the facility is expected to be the largest fully integrated, single stage broiler hatchery in the Western Hemisphere.

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Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl Schedule, Roster Takes Shape
January 9, 2018 - Land O’Lakes, Inc. today announced Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis as the latest roster addition to the Land O’Lakes Farm Bowl™. Bettis will compete against other current and former players on the field in a test of farm-inspired skill and agility. ESPN reporter Marty Smith will host the event, with multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks providing sideline commentary.

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New Appointment at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health: David Strachan head of Avian and Swine
January 9, 2018 - David Strachan has been appointed head of the avian and swine business unit following Boehringer Ingelheim’s acquisition of Merial Animal Health.

Dr. Strachan has worked for Boehringer Ingelheim’s swine division for the past eleven years, spending the last seven as the head of business unit. He specialised in the swine sector with a main interest in infectious disease surveillance and control, areas key to both the swine and avian sectors

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