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2019

Perdue Farms Releases Company Stewardship Report
June 20, 2019 - Perdue Farms released its Fiscal Year 2019 Company Stewardship Report, highlighting a year of advancements in making organic chicken more accessible, building momentum in its industry-leading animal care commitments, and progress toward 2022 environmental sustainability targets. The report also highlights progress made in the key areas of diversity and inclusion, associate well-being and support for communities and business partners.

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Cargill Opens First Food Innovation Center in Singapore to Address Nutrition and Food Safety Needs
June 20, 2019 - Cargill has opened its first innovation center in Singapore to help customers anticipate market forces and shifting consumer values around tastes, nutrition and food safety. It also connects the company’s customers in the Asia Pacific region to a global network of 10 other innovation centers and 2,000 food scientists. The innovation center in Singapore will employ 20 food scientists by the end of 2019.

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Tyson Foods: We’re Activating the Ingredients for More Growth
June 20, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. continues to meet changing consumer needs and is well-positioned for long-term, sustainable growth, company officials told investors and analysts today during Tyson Foods’ Investor Day at the New York Stock Exchange. Chairman John Tyson, President and CEO Noel White and members of the company’s senior management team spoke at the event, which showcased the strength of Tyson’s diversified portfolio, execution of its long-term growth strategy, efforts to increase its value-added product offerings, continued innovation in food and sustainability, and expansion into new global markets.

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Cargill Opens $48.8M Poultry Plant in China
June 20, 2019 - Cargill recently opened a new $48.8 million poultry production plant in Chuzhou, Anhui, China. The integrated facility incorporates chicken breeding, raising, feed production, hatching, primary and further processing. Additionally, the complex features two production lines for fully cooked poultry that will be able to produce 32,000 tons chicken and other protein products every year, according to Cargill. The company expects to increase poultry production by 30 percent which will enable Cargill to better meet demand for domestic customers while exporting cooked poultry to global customers.

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Dupont Nutrition & Biosciences Targets Plant-Based Meat Alternatives with New System
June 19, 2019 - DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (Brabrand, Denmark) launched an egg white replacement system for plant-based meat alternatives called Grindsted Plant-Tex that the firm says will deliver a meat-like taste, texture, smell and appearance. The system has three SKUs for vegan burgers, sausages and cold cuts.

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125 Years of Poultry Experience and Passion Shape Bell & Evans
June 19, 2019 - Premium poultry brand Bell & Evans has withstood the test of time. Current owner Scott Sechler has spent the last 35 years transforming the way poultry is produced in America and escalating Bell & Evans to new heights, but there’s a rich history behind the brand that spans 125 years and several generations of poultrymen. Read how humble beginnings in poultry dealing and a passion for selling only premium birds led two men from New Jersey to establish the renowned Bell & Evans, and learn how Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania became home to the beloved brand.

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Two Technical Advisors Join Cobb North American Technical Service Team
June 19, 2019 - Cobb-Vantress’ elite team of poultry experts recently grew by two with the addition of Benoît Lanthier, DVM, and Marlon Garcia Andrade. Both Lanthier and Andrade join the North American Technical Service Team as technical advisors with Lanthier serving Canada and Andrade serving Central America.

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Cargill Invests $30 Million to Stop Deforestation in Brazil
June 17, 2019 - Cargill has committed $30 million to source ideas to protect forest and native vegetation in Brazil. David W. MacLennan, chairman and CEO of the Minneapolis-based company, urged competitors, customers and other companies to join Cargill in the project. “Cargill is a large company, and on our own, we can drive change,” he said. “Working with others, we can transform our industry, and in doing so, we can create a socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable supply chain that works for everyone.”

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Kemin Launches New Vision and Logo for the Future
June 16, 2019 - Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer, unveiled its new global vision and logo to align the company strategically for 2042 and beyond. The new vision, "Kemin strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with our products and services", lays the groundwork for strategic growth and priorities for the company with operations on six continents and a portfolio of more than 500 specialty ingredients. Previously, Kemin reached 3.8 billion lives – more than half the world's population – every day through its products and services for humans, animals and pets. This vision was set in 1998, with a target goal of 2019. Kemin achieved the milestone two years early.

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Okanagan Hatchery Opens with Jamesway Equipment
June 14, 2019 - On May 29, Okanagan Hatchery celebrated the Grand Opening of their beautiful new hatchery in the gorgeous Okanagan Valley in Armstrong, British Columbia. Jamesway’s Sales Director, Ken Long, attended the ceremony and was greatly impressed on his tour of the wonderful facility. Ken was pleased to congratulate owners Ron and Murdie Pollan on their state-of-the-art facility and to present them with a plaque recognizing this momentous occasion. The new hatchery has 18 Platinum2 P60 Incubators and six Platinum2 P40 Hatchers. They will hatch four days a week which will net them more than 17 million chicks per year.

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Tyson Foods Unveils Alternative Protein Products and New Raised & Rooted® Brand
June 13, 2019 - As part of efforts to expand its protein offerings, Tyson Foods, Inc. introduced the company’s first plant-based and blended products, along with its new Raised & Rooted® brand. The initiative makes Tyson Foods the largest U.S. meat producer to enter the growing alternative protein segment with its own products.

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Herbruck Family Breaks Ground on Mercersburg Poultry Ranch Following Years of Planning
June 13, 2019 - The Herbruck family hosted their official groundbreaking ceremony in Mercersburg to kick-off the first phase of the construction of their poultry farm operation. The more than $100 million project is situated on 335 acres that was previously owned by Hartung Dairy Farm.

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Perdue Foods Launches CHICKEN PLUS™ with Vegetable Nutrition New Chicken Nuggets, Tenders and Patties Meet Demand for Flexitarian Families
June 12, 2019 - Plant-based food may be one of the hottest trends in grocery today, but for parents trying to get their kids to eat their vegetables the struggle is still real. To help flexitarian families who are hungry for new ways to fill the vegetable void without sacrificing flavor or nutrition, Perdue is introducing first-of-its-kind nationally distributed new PERDUE® CHICKEN PLUS™ Nuggets, Tenders and Patties blended with vegetables.

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Cooper Family Foundation Awards V.H. Cooper Scholarships
June 12, 2019 - The Cooper Family Foundation of Cooper Farms, Inc. recently presented the 2019 V.H. Cooper Scholarship to 24 graduating students from different area schools in Oakwood, Ohio. The V.H. Cooper Scholarship was first presented in 1986 as a way for the Cooper family to continue recognizing Virgil Cooper’s generosity to the surrounding communities and organizations, especially those involving children and students.

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Cargill Highlights Sustainability Progress Across Multiple Supply Chains
June 12, 2019 - Cargill released a collection of sustainability reports across four key businesses: Aqua Nutrition; Cocoa and Chocolate; Ocean Transportation; and Premix and Nutrition. The 2018 reports reflect Cargill’s comprehensive approach to sustainability, with a focus on creating connections across industry, government and communities that foster meaningful change and workable solutions to the world’s biggest sustainability challenges.

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Cargill Brings in Big Gun to Run Asia, Historic Shift After 154 Years in Business
June 11, 2019 - Cargill is the world’s largest agribusiness by sales, with $115 billion in revenues last year, and is among the oldest, founded in 1865. In December last year, the privately held U.S. company took a historic step, appointing its chief financial officer Marcel Smits to a new role, chairman of Asia Pacific and head of corporate strategy, and relocating him from its Minneapolis headquarters to Singapore in January. While Cargill has long had a presence in Asia, Smits, 58 and a Dutch citizen, is the first board-level executive in the company’s 154 years of history to operate outside the U.S. and be given a specifically regional post, signaling the significance of Asia to the company.

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Board OKs Classroom Name Following Pilgrim’s $500,000 Miller Poultry Center Gift
June 10, 2019 - A teaching space inside the flagship building at Auburn University’s Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center is now the Pilgrim’s Education Classroom. The university’s Board of Trustees approved the designation at its June 7 meeting in Auburn in recognition of Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.’s $500,000 gift to support the 30-acre Miller Center complex north of Auburn’s main campus.

Jayson Penn, Pilgrim’s president and CEO, presented the gift to Auburn College of Agriculture and Department of Poultry Science leaders following his recent tour of the Miller Center units that have been completed to date. “We are proud to support this unique, innovative facility that will help prepare future leaders in the poultry industry for success,” Penn said. “This is an opportunity to invest in students, and the ideas and learning that will come about as a result of their education at the Miller Poultry Research and Education Center will greatly benefit our industry.”

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Merck Animal Health Announces Leadership Appointments in Emerging Digital Technology Operating Unit
June 6, 2019 - Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, announced new leadership of Antelliq and its well-recognized and market-leading brands of Allflex Livestock Intelligence, Sure Petcare and Biomark. Rick DeLuca, president, Merck Animal Health, made these appointments following the completion of its acquisition of Antelliq, which is an operating unit within Merck Animal Health.

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Tyson Foods to Webcast Investor Day
June 6, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. will hold an investor day at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, June 20. Members of the leadership team will discuss how Tyson’s diversity of proteins, products, business models, distribution channels, geographies and people make for a stronger, more resilient company with opportunities for continued growth.

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United Way Worldwide Welcomes Perdue Farms as New Global Corporate Leader
June 6, 2019 - United Way Worldwide announced that Perdue Farms is a new partner in its Global Corporate Leadership Program. “United Way Worldwide is honored to partner with Perdue Farms,” said Brian Gallagher, UWW President and CEO. “We share a dedication to building strong communities, places in which everyone can thrive. Perdue Farms associates are already doing so much to make their communities a better place. But together, we can do more to improve education, financial stability and health in the communities where Perdue Farms associates live and work.”

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Sanderson: High Steel Prices Deter Plant Construction
June 6, 2019 - Construction of new poultry complexes has been central to Sanderson Farms’ growth strategy during recent years. However, current steel prices can be a deterrent to construction of new facilities, CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr. said.

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Cobb New Zealand Pure-Line Facility Delivers First Shipment
June 6, 2019 - After three years of planning and construction, Cobb New Zealand delivered its first grandparent (GP) shipment on May 21, 2019. The delivery marks a significant expansion for Cobb in the Asia-Pacific region and helps protect the security of supply for the whole region.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Honored by 2020 Women on Boards
June 6, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. has been named a 2020 Women on Boards Winning ‘W’ Company for the eighth consecutive year. Winning ‘W’ Companies are recognized by 2020 Women on Boards for having at least 20% of corporate board seats held by women.

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Tyson Foods and Auburn University Partner to Build First Stand-Alone Solar-Powered Poultry House
June 5, 2019 - Auburn University’s National Poultry Technology Center, a leader in poultry housing and associated technologies for more than a decade, and Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the opening of the largest stand-alone solar powered poultry house to be operated completely off the grid. The 54-foot by 500-foot poultry house is located in Cullman County, Alabama and capable of housing 36,000 broilers.

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Hormel Foods to Webcast Presentation at the dbAccess Global Consumer Conference
June 5, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation invites you to listen live as Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, and Tom Day, executive vice president – Refrigerated Foods, present at the 2019 dbAccess Global Consumer Conference in Paris.

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Butterball Reopens Arkansas Turkey Plant Following Flooding Concerns
June 4, 2019 - Butterball confirmed that a turkey processing plant in Ozark, Arkansas, was reopened on June 4 following flooding concerns in the area. The plant had been closed since May 24 related to severe weather that caused major flooding on the Arkansas River.

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Mountaire Farms Buys Cartanza Grain Storage Site in Delaware
June 4, 2019 - Chicken processor Mountaire Farms recently purchased the Cartanza Grain Facility in Dover, Delaware, enabling the firm to source more grain from producers in Kent and New Castle counties, a recent company press release announced. Opened in 1977 by the Cartanza family, the Little Creek Road storage facility can currently hold more than 1 million grain bushels and contains a grain dryer.

“We are grateful to the Cartanza family for allowing us to continue the legacy they’ve built,” Adam Downes, the leader of Mountaire Farms’ Agri-Business department said in a statement. “Buying local grain is important to us and maintaining those relationships that they have established through the years is going to be our number one goal.”

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Tyson Foods Completes Acquisition of Thai and European Businesses from BRF S.A.
June 3, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the successful completion of the acquisition of the Thai and European businesses from BRF S.A. The purchase includes four production facilities in Thailand, and one each in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These businesses build on the company’s growth strategy to expand offerings of value-added protein in global markets.

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Cargill Protein Debuts New Products at IDDBA ‘19
June 3, 2019 - Cargill Protein is betting big on the grocery deli segment, and the company has a slew of new products at IDDBA 2019 to prove it. Wichita, Kansas-based Cargill Protein's deli lineup includes turkey dipper snacks, sliced turkey for prepared deli, antipasta trays and savory-and-sweet high-end snack options, among other things.

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JBT Completes Proseal Acquisition and Announces the Acquisition of Prime Equipment Group, Inc.
June 3, 2019 - JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, announced it has completed two acquisitions. First, the previously announced acquisition of Proseal UK Limited, a leading provider of tray sealing technology has been completed. Additionally, the company has completed the acquisition of Prime Equipment Group, Inc., a manufacturer of turnkey primary and water re-use solutions to the poultry industry based in Columbus, Ohio.

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Aviagen Unveils New Turkey Pedigree Farm in West Virginia
May 31, 2019 - Executives from Aviagen joined state and local officials to see Aviagen Turkeys’ new pedigree farm in West Virginia. This $3.5 million facility includes many health and welfare features and will house pedigree turkey poults starting in mid-June.

Curt Brammer, vice president of operations, led the team in designing and building the farm incorporating ideas learned from more than 50 years of turkey breeding experience and from the global poultry industry. “Finding the right site is the critical first step in building a new farm. In order to help prevent the introduction of pathogens, the farm must be away from other poultry operations and ideally away from any other livestock. It takes time, but we found the right combination here in Monroe County.”

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Zoetis Wins Trademark Industry Award
May 30, 2019 - The Zoetis Global Trademarks team was recently honored with a WTR Industry Award for best in-house legal team in the Healthcare and Life Sciences category. The Zoetis team received this prestigious award from among hundreds of nominees in the category. The WTR Industry Awards Program, now in its thirteenth year, recognizes the vitally important work of trademark counsel teams to help create and protect global brands.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2019
May 30, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. reported results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended April 30, 2019. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 were $845.2 million compared with $813.5 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, net income was $40.6 million, or $1.83 per share, compared with net income of $41.9 million, or $1.84 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2018.

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Tyson Foods Names Noelle O’Mara Chief Marketing Officer
May 30, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. has appointed Noelle O’Mara to the newly created role of chief marketing officer. O’Mara, who has more than 17 years of food marketing experience, joined Tyson Foods in April 2016 as vice president, new business models. She most recently served as general manager and senior vice president of two of the company’s billion dollar brands, Jimmy Dean® and Tyson®.

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Alltech Gift Significantly Expands Capabilities of New Illinois Feed Technology Center
May 30, 2019 - The highly anticipated University of Illinois Feed Technology Center is set to greatly improve the university’s capabilities in animal nutrition. Now, with the gift of a Wenger extruder and auxiliary processing equipment from global animal health and nutrition company Alltech, those capabilities will be expanded even further.

Researchers in the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, as well as other units across the university, will use the new Feed Technology Center to prepare and test experimental diets for animals. The facility will also serve as a launch pad for bigger-picture work designed to advance precision animal agriculture throughout the industry.

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Finding a Roost in Franklin County, Alabama: Mar-Jac Named Industry of the Year
May 30, 2019 - Mar-Jac Poultry closed the books on its first full year of operation in Franklin County at the end of 2018, and as a nod to its success the area, the hatchery and feed mill company was named Industry of the Year at the 2019 Franklin County Partnership Awards Banquet.

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Wayne Farms Plant in Pendergrass, Georgia Reaches Safety Milestone
May 29, 2019 - Officials with Wayne Farms’ Pendergrass, Georgia fresh facility recently announced the plant reached an important safety milestone, achieving 3 million hours with no lost-time work injuries. The facility has remained injury-free since October 2017, a testimony to plant leadership, robust training programs and employee involvement, according to Pendergrass Complex Manager and long-time Wayne Farms employee Ron Rogers.

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Case Farms Announces 2019 Recipients of J. Leroy Cook Memorial Scholarship
May 29, 2019 - Case Farms, through the J. Leroy Cook Memorial Scholarship Program, has awarded $38,500 in scholarships to 11 children of Case Farms’ employees. Through the program, the scholarship award will be paid on behalf of each student to their intended college or university.

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Zoetis to Participate in the William Blair 39th Annual Growth Stock Conference
May 29, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. will participate in the William Blair 39th Annual Growth Stock Conference on Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Chicago, Ill. Juan Ramón Alaix, Chief Executive Officer, will represent the company and respond to questions from analysts. He is scheduled to present at 9:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. CT.

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Harrison Poultry Appoints Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
May 29, 2019 - Harrison Poultry announced James I. Vincent has joined the family-owned, fully-integrated poultry processing company as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Vincent brings an extensive background in finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, strategic planning and risk management and a deep appreciation for Harrison Poultry and its strategy for the future.

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ADM Creates New Business Unit to Accelerate Value Creation
May 29, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced the creation of a new business unit called Ag Services & Oilseeds, which combines ADM’s Origination and Oilseed business operations into a single reporting structure, effective July 1.

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Aviagen Invests A$20 Million in Innovative Wagga Wagga Quarantine Facility
May 28, 2019 - In keeping with a commitment to rigorous biosecurity to ensure the health and welfare of its birds, Aviagen has built a leading-edge quarantine farm in New South Wales, Australia. The investment totaled A$20 million.

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Sanderson Farms Raising Wages
May 28, 2019 - The third-largest poultry processing company in the U.S. says it's increasing hourly wages to better recruit and retain workers. Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms Inc. announced that its new pay scale starts June 2.

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Aviagen CEO Explores “Responsibility to Feed the World” Theme at FACTA 2019
May 26, 2019 - Global food production will need to double within the next five decades to feed our rapidly growing population. Finding a sustainable solution with limited resources will be challenging. Speaking before an audience of 300 Brazilian poultry industry leaders at the 36th annual FACTA Conference, Aviagen® CEO Jan Henriksen shared his viewpoint on the role of the poultry breeding industry in meeting these challenges.

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Foster Farms Launches New Website
May 23, 2019 - This week, Foster Farms launched an updated version of their company website. The modernized look provides consumers with an educational hub to learn more about the company’s products, get recipe inspiration, learn about Foster Farms’ values and more.

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Hormel Foods Reports Second Quarter Results
May 23, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2019. All comparisons are to the second quarter of fiscal 2018 unless otherwise noted. An executive summary is as follows:

- Volume of 1.2 billion lbs., up 1 percent - Record net sales of $2.3 billion, up 1 percent - Pretax earnings of $318 million, up 7 percent - Diluted earnings per share of $0.52 - Excluding one-time gain on the divestiture of CytoSport, adjusted diluted EPS1 of $0.46 per share - Effective tax rate of 11.1 percent compared to 20.0 percent last year - Operating margin of 13.3 percent compared to 12.9 percent last year - Year-to-date cash flow from operations of $366 million, down 18 percent due to higher working capital - Fiscal 2019 earnings guidance decreased to $1.71 to $1.85 per share from $1.77 to $1.91 per share

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Perdue Foundation Donates $5K to Delaware Agriculture Poultry Exhibit
May 22, 2019 - The Franklin P. Arthur W. Perdue Foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Delaware Agriculture Museum in support of the redesign and expansion of the museum’s poultry exhibit, a project that was launched last year.

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Sanderson Farms to Participate in Baird 2019 Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference
May 22, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that management will participate in the Baird 2019 Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference to be held June 4-6 at The InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City.

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Perdue Foods Harvest Operations in Lewiston Earns NC Department of Labor Safety Awards
May 22, 2019 - Associates at the Perdue Foods harvest operations in Eastern North Carolina have received five workplace safety awards from the North Carolina Department of Labor. The more than 1,875 associates at the Lewiston-Woodville, N.C., operation were recognized for working more than 4.3 million consecutive hours without an Occupational Safety and Health Administration lost-time injury from Dec. 1, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2019.

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Aviagen: Reviving an Industry Legacy
May 22, 2019 - “Everything old is new again.” That phrase by American author Stephen King captures the sentiment behind Aviagen’s reviving of a decommissioned hatchery in Albertville, a rural community in northeast Alabama. Aviagen has transformed the historic hatchery into the new Research and Training Center. In a ceremony on May 22, Aviagen CEO hosted the grand opening of the newly refurbished center.

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Cobb Shares Expertise, Industry Perspective at 20th World Technical School
May 22, 2019 - Fifty-three poultry professionals from throughout the world descended on northwest Arkansas this month for Cobb-Vantress’ exclusive World Technical School. Hosted at Cobb’s global headquarters in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, the two-week program covers a broad range of industry-relevant topics — from genetics to nutrition to housing. This year marked the 20th year of the program, which kicked off May 12.

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Hormel Foods Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend
May 21, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced that its quarterly dividend on the common stock, authorized by the Board of Directors at 21 cents ($0.21) a share on May 21, 2019, will be paid Aug. 15, 2019, to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 15, 2019.

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Bayer Animal Health and Nutreco Sign Global Research and Development Collaboration
May 21, 2019 - Bayer Animal Health GmbH and Nutreco have signed a global research and development collaboration agreement to drive the development of novel technologies and applications for the animal health and animal nutrition industries. Bayer Animal Health and Nutreco share a common goal of developing game-changing solutions that promote animal well-being and sustainable farm profitability by enhancing the nutritional and health performance of farm animals.

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Alltech Names New Senior Leaders to Its Team
May 20, 2019 - In the first half of 2019, Alltech has welcomed several new senior leaders. The four executives come from varied backgrounds but have extensive experience working within the international agriculture industry.

"The depth of experience and industry know-how of these four new team members is staggering, but what impresses me most is the passion they share for advancing agriculture, empowering our customers and delivering on our shared vision of a Planet of Plenty," said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. "They have an authentic connection to our company culture and, most importantly, they bring great strength of character to our leadership."

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Signify Acquires Animal-Centric Lighting Experts Once Inc. and Ilox to Capture Attractive Growth in Agricultural Lighting
May 20, 2019 - Signify, the world leader in lighting, expands its business for agricultural lighting as it acquires Once Inc., based in Plymouth, Minnesota, and iLOX, based in Vechta, Germany. Once and iLOX are market leaders in the design and manufacturing of animal-centric lighting. These tailor-made lighting systems improve the quality of life for livestock, which leads to healthier and enhanced production for the farmer.

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Perdue AgriRecycle Organic Soil Donation Helps Bring Life to New James Farm Preserve Lawn in Delaware
May 20, 2019 - Perdue AgriRecycle has donated 80 cubic yards of microSTART Premium Compost to the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays for the installation of a new event law at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View, Del. The event lawn is part of the implementation of the James Farm Master Plan, a community-developed initiative designed to protect the Preserve’s diverse collection of ecosystems, while safely accommodating and educating a growing number of visitors.

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Meat Equipment Demand Drives Marel to Seek Amsterdam Listing
May 20, 2019 - Meat and poultry processing equipment maker Marel said it will pursue a listing on Euronext in Amsterdam to enhance the Iceland-based company's growth and acquisition strategy as global demand for protein rises. Marel, which is the largest publicly traded company in Iceland with a market capitalization equivalent to around 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion), said it will issue new shares representing 15% of its total share base.

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Lane Named President of ADM Animal Nutrition
May 16, 2019 - Ryan Lane has been named president of ADM Animal Nutrition for North America. In the position, he will lead ADM Animal Nutrition’s commercial feed, aqua feed, pet food and premix businesses in the region.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. to Host Its Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Conference Call
May 16, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that it will host its second quarter fiscal 2019 earnings conference call at 10 a.m. Central time, 11 a.m. Eastern time, on Thursday, May 30. During this call, management will comment on Sanderson Farms’ financial and operating results for the second quarter ended April 30.

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Zoetis Makes Fortune 500 List for First Time
May 16, 2019 - Zoetis achieved another important milestone and prestigious external recognition. The company was named to the list of Fortune 500 Companies for the first time, ranking #487.

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Zoetis Announces Results of Its Annual Meeting of Shareholders; Board Declares Third Quarter 2019 Dividend
May 15, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. announced the results of shareholder voting at its 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and provided details on its third quarter 2019 dividend. Zoetis held its annual meeting in Short Hills, N.J., with Chairman Michael B. McCallister presiding over the business portion of the meeting and shareholder voting. Chief Executive Officer Juan Ramón Alaix discussed the company’s strong performance in 2018 and its strategies for continued growth and market leadership in the global animal health industry.

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Hormel Foods Named to 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for 11th Consecutive Year
May 15, 2019 - Corporate Responsibility Magazine has named Hormel Foods Corporation to its 20th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking, recognizing outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency and performance amongst the 1,000 largest U.S. public companies.

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Wenger, Hoober Feeds, L&K Announce Agreement
May 14, 2019 - The Wenger Group Inc., John J. Hoober Inc., doing business as Hoober Feeds, and L&K Mills Inc. jointly announced May 14 that they have reached an agreement in principle with respect to a proposed business arrangement among the companies. Under the proposed arrangement, Wenger Feeds LLC, a subsidiary of The Wenger Group, will make an investment in the Hoober Feeds business and will acquire certain assets related to the mill operation of L&K Mills.

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Cargill Invests in Cultured Meat Company Aleph Farms
May 14, 2019 - The demand for protein is expected to grow 70 percent over the next 30 years as the global population increases significantly. With an eye to complementing its focus on animal protein, Cargill announced today it will invest in Aleph Farms, a cultured meat company focused on growing complex meat varieties like steak.

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Rose Acre Farms Opens New Testing Lab
May 14, 2019 - Rose Acre Farms recently started operations in their new testing lab located near their corporate office in Seymour. The facility was previously housed at the company’s former headquarters, west of Cortland. The lab is used to test various types of samples from all of the company’s layer, breeder and pullet farms. Testing is done for all types of pathogens, but primarily focuses on Salmonella and, specifically, Salmonella Enteritidis, as mandated by the FDA beginning in 2009.

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DSM Expands in India With Acquisition of SRF Ltd.’s Specialty Materials Business
May 13, 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announces that it has reached agreement with SRF Ltd., to acquire its Engineering Plastics business, a leading player in India in the development, production and sale of specialty materials. DSM will pay a consideration of INR 3.2 billion (about €38 million) to SRF Ltd. The acquisition is expected to close in Q3 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.

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Tyson Foods Accelerates Programs to Meet Ambitious Sustainability Goals
May 13, 2019 - Tyson Foods released its 2018 sustainability report today, demonstrating progress and increased transparency across key sustainability measures, including farming practices, worker health and safety, hunger relief and more.

“Our progress is a testament to our unwavering commitment to accelerate sustainable food production,” said Noel White, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “As one of the largest food companies in the world, Tyson Foods plays an important role in contributing to a stable and sustainable food system for future generations.”

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Former Finance Executive for Major League Baseball Joins Tyson Foods’ Board
May 10, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. named Jonathan D. Mariner, 64, to the board of directors, company officials announced. Mariner is a private investor and entrepreneur who recently retired after 23 years in professional sports. He previously served as chief financial officer for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, where he led the League’s accounting, treasury and budgeting functions; completed more than a dozen franchise purchase and sale transactions; and helped create the League’s strategic investment fund.

“Our governance and nominating committee recommended Jonathan because of his financial background, entrepreneurial interests and experience in strategic investments, acquisitions and forecasting,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors for Tyson Foods, John Tyson. “We believe his insight will help us as we continue to grow our value-added and international businesses.”

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Jennie-O Turkey Store Recognized for Cooperation with National Guard
May 10, 2019 - Jennie-O Turkey Store received an “Above and Beyond” Award at the Annual Employer Support Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization of Minnesota. The company was nominated by Sergeant Daniel Vargas, US Army Reserve, who is also a supervisor at the Benson Avenue Plant. The event was held in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Marel Announces Changes in Its Executive Team
May 10, 2019 - Marel is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Claessens to the position of executive vice president of Marel Poultry, as of Sept. 1. Roger will become a member of Marel’s executive team and report directly to CEO Árni Oddur Thórdarson. Until Sep. 1, Anton de Weerd will continue in his role as executive vice president of Marel Poultry to facilitate the transition before taking on a new role within Marel.

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Hain Celestial to Sell Poultry Business for $80 million as It Fights Losses
May 9, 2019 - The Lake Success company announced the sale the same day it reported a $65.8 million loss for the quarter; it said it continues to cut less-profitable product lines.

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Karen Christensen Oversees Tyson’s Animal Welfare Program
May 9, 2019 - In March, Tyson Foods Inc., announced it is implementing the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s third-party certification for the proper handling and transportation of live birds that are used in the company’s chicken operations. Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson is the poultry industry’s first large producer to adopt the Poultry Handling and Transportation (PHT) certification and make it part of its regular activities. Karen Christensen, senior director of the office of animal well-being at Tyson, says the adoption of this program by the company, ensures the welfare of the birds, and the employees who work with the animals.

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Case Farms Donates $10,000 to Children’s Hope Alliance 11th Annual Giving Them Hope Luncheon
May 9, 2019 - Case Farms, a fully integrated poultry farming and processing group, recently donated $10,000 to the Children’s Hope Alliance, a nonprofit organization with a long history of child advocacy and welfare. The donation allowed Case Farms to be the presenting sponsor at the Children’s Hope Alliance’s 11th annual “Giving Them Hope” luncheon which was held on Thursday, May 9 and attracted approximately 350 individuals. This year’s event set a fundraising record, raising more than $636,000 towards supporting the nonprofit’s mission.

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Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
May 8, 2019 - 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 2019 first quarter ended March 30, 2019.

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Hormel Foods Recognized as a Best for Vets Employer for Seventh Consecutive Year
May 8, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced it has been recognized on the 2019 Best for Vets Employers ranking by Military Times. This is the seventh consecutive year the company has made the list, which evaluates many factors that make a company or organization a good fit for military veterans.

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ADM Milling Celebrates Recent Safety Accomplishments
May 6, 2019 - The American Bakers Association recently honored 42 ADM milling locations after the business as a whole recorded a DART (Days Away Restricted or Transferred) rate of .40 and a TCIR (Total Case Incident Rate) of only .80 for the year. The ABA established its Safety Recognition Program in 2016 as a way to recognize individual member company sites that excel in safety while increasing workplace safety awareness and emphasizing the importance of employee safety in the baking industry.

In addition, the International Association of Operative Millers honored ADM after 35 milling locations, representing more than 1,500 employees, completed 2018 without a single recordable safety incident. This is a new all-time milestone for ADM Milling.

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Tyson Foods Reports Strong Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
May 6, 2019 - Second quarter highlights are as follows.

-GAAP EPS of $1.17, up 38 percent from prior year; Adjusted EPS of $1.20, down 6 percent from prior year -GAAP operating income of $635 million; Adjusted operating income of $654 million -Total Company GAAP operating margin of 6.1 percent; Adjusted operating margin of 6.3 percent -Record second quarter Prepared Foods GAAP operating margin and income of 12.1 percent and $245 million; record second quarter Adjusted operating -margin and income of 12.3 percent and $249 million -Record second quarter Beef GAAP and Adjusted operating income of $156 million

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Perdue Foundation Helps Easterseals Expand Children’s Therapy Services in Maryland
May 6, 2019 - Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently marked the 100th anniversary of national Easterseals by celebrating an expansion of its Salisbury Children’s Therapy Services, thanks to the generous support of local foundations and donors, including the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

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CPM Donates $2.6M to Iowa State University
May 6, 2019 - California Pellet Mill (CPM), a leading supplier of animal feed processing equipment, is donating nearly $2.6 million in equipment to a new educational and research facility for feed milling and grain science at Iowa State University. The donation will provide equipment, automation and services.

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After Exiting Beyond Meat, Tyson Foods Will Launch Meatless Products This Summer
May 6, 2019 - After exiting Beyond Meat, Tyson Foods said that it will roll out its own plant-based meat substitutes beginning this summer. The Jimmy Dean owner sold its stake in Beyond before the company went public, citing its desire to produce vegetarian meat substitutes under its own umbrella of brands. CEO Noel White told analysts on the quarterly conference call that the plant-based product will launch this summer on a limited basis, with a wider rollout in October and November.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation Reports Third Quarter Results
May 6, 2019 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced its financial results for its third quarter ended March 31, 2019.Highlights for the March 2019 quarter (compared to the March 2018 quarter) are as follows.

-Net sales of $206 million, a decrease of $3 million, or 2% -Net income of $15 million, a decrease of $5 million -Diluted EPS of $0.37, a decrease of $0.12 -Adjusted EBITDA of $30 million, a decrease of $3.4 million, or 10% -Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.39, a decrease of $0.07, or 15%

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CoBank First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
May 6, 2019 - CoBank recorded solid financial performance in the first quarter of 2019. “CoBank delivered solid financial performance during the first quarter. Thomas Halverson, president & CEO, CoBank remarked, “Though net income declined – primarily as a result of nonrecurring items – lending increased across all three of our operating segments, and credit quality and capital remained strong. Our board and executive team remain focused on building the long-term financial strength and capacity of the enterprise in order to ensure that we can continue to serve our customers with excellence and fulfill our mission in rural America. We greatly appreciate the support of our customer-owners and are grateful for the trust they place in CoBank as their financial partner.”

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Hormel Foods Corporation Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call
May 2, 2019 - The company will issue its earnings press release before the markets open on Thursday, May 23 and will host a conference call at 8 a.m. CT (9 a.m. ET).

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Zoetis Announces First Quarter 2019 Results
May 2, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2019 and updated its guidance for full year 2019.

The company reported revenue of $1.5 billion for the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 7 percent compared with the first quarter of 2018. Net income for the first quarter of 2019 was $312 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, a decrease of 11 percent and 10 percent, respectively, on a reported basis.

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Sanderson Farms to Participate in BMO Capital Markets 14th Annual Farm to Market Conference
May 1, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. today announced that management will participate in the BMO Capital Markets 14th Annual Farm to Market Conference to be held May 15-16, 2019, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Reports Q1 Net Sales of $2.72 Billion, Operating Income of $137 Million and GAAP EPS of $0.34
May 1, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation reports first quarter 2019 financial results. First quarter highlights include the following.

-Net Sales of $2.72 billion. -Net Income of $84.0 million. -Operating Income margins of 6.1 percent in U.S., 2.9 percent in Mexico and 2.5 percent in Europe operations, respectively. -Adjusted EBITDA of $204.4 million (or a 7.5 percent margin), and Adjusted EPS of $0.35. -Significant sequential rebound in U.S. operations vs. Q4, driven by stronger markets as feature activities tracked much closer to seasonality. Our balanced portfolio has continued to evolve, realizing the results of investments made over the past few years to further widen our products and brands, strengthen key customer relationships, and improve margin consistency. -Weaker than seasonal markets in Mexico impacted results but conditions are already improving in Q2. Diversification into premium Pilgrim’s brand is gaining momentum and producing strong results, together with significant growth in Prepared Foods. -In-line with the industry, Europe continued to be impacted by a substantial increase in input costs. We are offsetting the increase through capture of synergies and adjustments in pricing models.

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ADM Elects Directors at Annual Meeting, Declares Cash Dividend
May 1, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced at its 96th Annual Stockholders’ Meeting the election of its board of directors, including new director Dr. Lei Zhang Schlitz. Eleven incumbent directors were also re-elected, including: Alan L. Boeckmann, Michael S. Burke, Terrell K. Crews, Pierre Dufour, Donald E. Felsinger, Suzan F. Harrison, Juan R. Luciano, Patrick J. Moore, Francisco J. Sanchez, Debra A. Sandler and Kelvin R. Westbrook.

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Tyson Fills Pantry Cooler It Funded
April 30, 2019 - A Tyson Foods tractor-trailer delivered nearly 25,000 pounds of frozen chicken to Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes on April 19 to stock a walk-in freezer/cooler purchased by the Wilkesboro nonprofit in late 2018, thanks to a Tyson donation of nearly $22,000. The frozen chicken and cash gift were part of Tyson’s 50-in-5 commitment, the company’s pledge to donate $50 million in cash and in-kind donations for hunger relief nationwide by 2020. Tyson started the initiative in 2015 and had reached $45 million by the end of 2018. The chicken was the largest such donation Samaritan Kitchen has received and will result in the nonprofit’s 800 client families receiving double what they normally would get in a single monthly allocation, said Samaritan Kitchen Director Dick Johnston.

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Bachoco Announces First Quarter 2019 Results
April 29, 2019 - Industrias Bachoco, S.A.B. de C.V., "Bachoco" or "the Company", announced its unaudited results for the first quarter ("1Q19") ending March 31, 2019. All figures have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standard ("IFRS") and are presented in nominal million Mexican Pesos ("$"), except earnings per share.

HIGHLIGHTS- 2019 vs. 2018: -Net sales decreased 6.4 percent in 1Q19. -EBITDA margin was 4.6 percent in 1Q19 vs 13.7 percent in 1Q18, our EBITDA was $654.9 million. -Earnings per basic and diluted share were $0.50.

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Marel Q1 2019: A Solid Start to the Year
April 29, 2019 - Árni Oddur Thórdarson, CEO, remarked, “We are pleased to report great results in the first quarter of 2019. We continue our strong performance with revenues of EUR 325 million, up 13 percent compared with the first quarter of 2018. Operational performance is solid where we deliver an EBIT* margin of 14.6 percent.”

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JBT Reports First Quarter 2019 Results
April 29, 2019 - JBT Corporation, a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, reported results for the first quarter of 2019. "Our first quarter gains demonstrate JBT's ongoing ability to reshape operations for greater efficiency and productivity," said Tom Giacomini, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "We are raising our full-year revenue and earnings guidance and are on track to deliver significant earnings growth."

JBT benefited from favorable timing of customer shipments and production levels in the first quarter of 2019. Year-over-year revenue growth of 2 percent to $418 million consisted of 14 percent organic growth and 3 percent from acquisitions, offset by a 12 percent decline reflecting the absence of the ASC 606 transition benefit in the first quarter of 2018 and a 3 percent headwind from foreign exchange translation.

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ADM to Present at BMO Capital Markets 2019 Farm to Market Conference
April 29, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company will present at the 14th annual BMO Capital Markets 2019 Farm to Market Conference on Wednesday, May 15, in New York City. ADM Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano will present at 2:10 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Cobb Spain Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence
April 29, 2019 - This year marks the 50-year anniversary of Cobb Spain, a distributor of Cobb Europe, serving Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. To celebrate this milestone, the company hosted a celebration in Madrid earlier this month, bringing together many Cobb team members and colleagues who help make the distributor a success.

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JBT Corporation Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Proseal, a Leading Provider of Tray Sealing Technology
April 29, 2019 - JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Proseal uk Limited, a leading provider of tray sealing technology for the food industry. Privately held Proseal is headquartered in Adlington, UK, with additional production facilities in Richmond, Virginia and Melbourne, Australia.

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ADM Reports First Quarter Earnings of $0.41 per Share, $0.46 per Share on an Adjusted Basis
April 26, 2019 - ADM reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31. “The first quarter proved more challenging than initially expected,” said Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano. “Impacts from severe weather in North America were on the high side of our initial estimates, and the ethanol industry environment limited margins and opportunities.

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Cargill’s Holistic Approach to Antibiotic Reduction
April 26, 2019 - In an exclusive interview with GlobalMeatNews, Cargill’s food safety and quality lead for poultry Randy Giroux explains how the business is doing its part to reduce antibiotic usage.

According to Giroux, Cargill has managed to halve its antibiotic usage globally since 2014 as part of a scheme that has been in operation well before then. “Since 2011, our poultry teams have been working in different countries with growers to refine good agricultural practices, such as precise climate control and ventilation, biosecurity and optimised animal nutrition. This hard work has paid off and, over the last five years, we have achieved an average reduction in antibiotic use across our global poultry supply chains of more than 50 percent.”

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend
April 25, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 (thirty-two cents) per share payable May 21 to stockholders of record on May 7.

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As Opening of State-of-the-Art Mendota Facility Nears, ADM Realigns Midwest Flour Milling Capacity
April 25, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced that it is realigning its flour milling footprint in the U.S. as its new, high-capacity mill in Mendota, Illinois, nears opening. In the coming months, the company will end production at its Nokomis flour mill in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and its flour mill Salina, Kansas. In addition, the company continues to plan to end production at its wheat mill in Chicago when the Mendota mill opens later this year.

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Butterball Names VP to New Risk Management Position
April 25, 2019 - Butterball LLC has created a new executive position devoted to risk management and filled it. Suzanne Griffin, the company’s senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, has added chief risk officer to her job titles.

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Case Farms Reaches One Million Man Hours Without a Lost-Time Accident
April 25, 2019 - Case Farms, a fully-integrated poultry farming and processing group, is proud to announce it has achieved a new safety milestone. On Tuesday, April 16, the Company’s Goldsboro processing facility worked one million hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost time accident.

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Buhler North America Acquires PR&D
April 24, 2019 - To expand and strengthen its service offerings to the U.S. feed, pet food, grain and oilseed processing markets, Buhler North America announced the acquisition of PR&D Inc., a leading pellet mill and other equipment service company based in Perham, Minn.

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Tyson Sells Stake in Plant-Based Meat Maker Beyond Meat
April 24, 2019 - Tyson Foods Inc. has sold its 6.5 percent stake in vegan burger maker Beyond Meat, as the no. 1 U.S. meat processor looks to develop its own line of alternative protein products.

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Shore Rivers Receives $10,000 Perdue Foundation Grant to Further Conservation Drainage on Delmarva
April 24, 2019 - Shore Rivers received a $10,000 grant from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. Along with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Bailey Wildlife Foundation, this grant supports work to accelerate agricultural conservation drainage best management practices that improve water quality while sustaining or increasing crop production.

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Novozymes’ Interim Report for the First Three Months of 2019
April 24, 2019 - Q1 2019 highlights are as follows: -All businesses roughly as expected except for Bioenergy. A declining US bioethanol market has been further impacted by the Midwest flooding since mid-March -As expected, negative impact from the Middle East, feed enzymes and the planned price reductions in US baking enzymes -Developed markets flat; 10 percent organic sales decline in emerging markets, with the Middle East as the main drag -EBIT margin soft but as expected at 25.7 percent, mainly due to lower gross margin from lower sales and a planned increase in sales and distribution costs -Net profit down 14 percent y/y due to lower EBIT and hedging losses -Free cash flow before acquisitions DKK 0.4 billion; net investments DKK 0.1 billion

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ADM Feed Market Report April 2019
April 23, 2019 - ADM's report gives readers insights in the current prices and trends throughout the world.

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Cargill Says to Invest $112 Million to Expand China Corn Facility
April 23, 2019 - Grains trader Cargill Inc on Tuesday said it would invest $112 million to expand capacity at its corn processing facility in China’s northeastern province of Jilin. The plant in Songyuan city is part of a bigger project being jointly built with the local government called the Sino-U.S. Cargill Biotech Industrial Park, Cargill said in a statement on Tuesday. The park aims to have an annual corn processing capacity of up to 2 million tons by 2020.

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Perdue Taps Family Farmers to Invent New Animal Welfare Enrichments, Awards the Carpenter Bench with Top Prize and $5,000
April 23, 2019 - Perdue Farms, a leader in animal welfare, announced the winner of their first ever Chicken Welfare Enrichment Design Contest. Perdue challenged family farmers in their network to develop new inventions that improve the lives of the animals in their care. The company received over 30 submissions for creative new enrichment designs that allow chickens to roost, perch, play and exercise in different ways.

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Tyson Foods to Hold Second Quarter Earnings Call May 6
April 22, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. will hold its fiscal second quarter 2019 earnings call Monday, May 6, at 9 a.m. Eastern (8 a.m. Central).

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Cargill: Consumers Expect to Keep Protein on Their Shopping Lists as Part of A Healthy and Sustainable Diet, According to New Survey
April 22, 2019 - Meat, fish and eggs can be an important part of a healthy and environmentally responsible diet, say consumers in new global research from Cargill. And they plan to keep eating them too—along with plant-based dietary protein. More than two-thirds of respondents say they intend to maintain or increase their consumption of animal protein in the next year. Four-fifths of participants express interest in plant-based or alternative sources of protein.

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ADM Milling Relocating Some Staff to Decatur
April 18, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Co. said sales and commercial staff members of ADM Milling Co. will be relocated to ADM’s North American headquarters in Decatur, Illinois, from ADM Milling offices in Overland Park, Kansas. Several of ADM’s Overland Park employees have been offered the opportunity to relocate to Decatur, others will remain in Overland Park, and remaining positions, mostly in administration and transportation, have been eliminated.

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Lincoln Premium Poultry Plant Set to Open in September
April 18, 2019 - The new Lincoln Premium Poultry plant in Fremont, Nebraska, is on schedule to open in September, a company spokeswoman said. Jessica Kolterman, community relations manager for Lincoln Premium Poultry, told KTIC that the plant will likely open shortly after Labor Day. A ribbon cutting event and open house is expected to occur later in the fall, she added, once the company has the chance to “get things up and going,” and “get the kinks out.”

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Forbes Names Sanderson Farms Among America's Best Employers
April 17, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc., the nation's third largest poultry producer, has been named one of America's Best Employers by Forbes magazine. The 2019 America's Best Employers list ranks the top 500 employers in the U.S. across 25 different industries and markets. "It is because of the overwhelming support of our employees that we received this honor," said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Sanderson Farms. "We owe the success of this company to the leaders, employees and communities that have worked to build it over the years."

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Mountaire Farms Holds Grand Opening at New Facility
April 16, 2019 - Mountaire Farms held a ribbon-cutting to officially open its new $170 million facility. Various federal, state and local officials were in attendance as Mountaire unveiled its new processing plant and new Health and Wellness Center, which provides free healthcare services to Mountaire Farm employees. The new processing plant in Siler City will employ up to 1,250 people (when at full production) and will be Mountaire’s fourth processing plant.

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Cobb and ASGAV Educate Brazilian Consumers About the Benefits of Chicken
April 16, 2019 - Together, Cobb-Vantress and ASGAV (Gaúcha Association of Poultry) are continuing a joint campaign educating Brazilian consumers about the benefits of making chicken a regular part of a healthy diet. The campaign also focuses on the role of the poultry industry in Brazil and its importance to the country’s continued economic development.

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Hormel Foods Donates More Than 6,000 Pounds of Food to Fisher Houses Across the Nation, Helping to Feed Military & Veterans’ Families This Easter
April 16, 2019 - “We are proud to partner with the Fisher House Foundation again this year to help provide a delicious meal for veterans, service members and their families to celebrate together,” said Stephanie Postma, Hormel Cure 81 brand manager. “This is the sixth year that we have been able to donate care packages to Fisher Houses across the country. We know that the dinner table allows families and friends to gather together, build connections and find comfort, and are thrilled to help be a part of their holiday celebration.”

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Denton County Approves Tyson Foods Incentives for Warehouse
April 16, 2019 - Denton County officials approved a request from Tyson Foods for thousands of dollars in financial incentives to build its warehouse facility in Denton. Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is building a $30.6 million, 350,000-square-foot automated and refrigerated warehouse along Western Boulevard in west Denton.

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Cargill Embraces AI Monitoring Technology
April 15, 2019 - In an effort to improve the poultry production process, Cargill has invested in monitoring technology along its supply chain that utilises artificial intelligence (AI) to detect health issues.

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Tyson Foods Invest in Food Safety Testing Firm Clear Labs
April 11, 2019 - Tyson Ventures has already made splashes buying stakes in alternative protein companies. Now, the venture capital arm of giant Tyson Foods Inc. is betting the meat industry will beef up its food-safety platforms. The unit is investing in Clear Labs Inc., a food safety testing company that uses a robotic platform to detect pathogens like salmonella. The technology shortens turnaround times of current methods to 24 hours from three-to-five days. It’s Tyson’s first investment in the food-safety space, and likely not the last, said Reese Schroeder, managing director at Tyson Ventures.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation to Host First Quarter 2019 Earnings Call on May 2, 2019
April 11, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced that it will host its first quarter 2019 earnings conference call and webcast on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. MT (9:00 a.m. ET). Prepared remarks regarding the company’s financial and operational results will be followed by a question and answer period with Pilgrim’s executive management team.

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Hormel Foods to Become Powered by Nearly 50 Percent Renewable Energy
April 10, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation has announced a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for wind energy. Through this and other initiatives, the company will be supplied by almost 50 percent renewable wind power. In addition, the project will result in a reduction of approximately 197,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Perdue Celebrates Completion of $25 Million Expansion of Dillon, S.C. Operation
April 9, 2019 - The S.C. Department of Commerce and Governor Henry McMaster announced that Perdue Farms has completed a $25 million expansion at its harvest operation in Dillon County, creating 100 additional jobs. The company produces a variety of no-antibiotics-ever chicken products for retail and food service customers.

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Tyson Foods Makes Big Contribution to “Scouting for Food” Campaign
April 9, 2019 - The Boy Scouts of America kicked off their 2019 food drive with a big donation from Tyson Foods. Tyson announced that they’re donating 30,000 pounds of protein to benefit the Food Bank of Siouxland. This is in conjunction with the Boy Scouts annual “Scouting for Food.”

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JBT Announces First Quarter 2019 Earnings Release
April 9, 2019 - JBT Corporation will report first quarter 2019 financial results after the market closes on Monday, April 29. A conference call is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 30.

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Joint Venture with Rocio Group Results in New Company – Aviagen Peru
April 8, 2019 - Aviagen® Group and Rocio Group signed a strategic agreement for a joint venture. Under the agreement, Avicola del Norte (Avinor), a Rocio Group company, becomes a subsidiary of Aviagen under the name Aviagen Peru. The new business will help Aviagen realize its vision to further expand its reach in Latin America and maximize value in the Peruvian market.

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Tyson Foods Awards $135,280 Grant to River Bend Foodbank
April 8, 2019 - A grant from Tyson Foods will enable River Bend Foodbank to stretch its storage space without expanding its warehouse footprint. Tyson Foods, with Quad-City area operations in Joslin, Ill., and Columbus Junction, Iowa, awarded a $135,280 grant for the acquisition of a new food racking system. The new racking will enable the food bank to fit more pallets per row in its Davenport warehouse, place its current racking closer together and expand racking capacity in its walk-in freezers.

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Elanco Looks to Grow Nutritional Health Portfolio
April 5, 2019 - Moving forward as an independent, animal health focused company, Elanco Animal Health is set to develop product lines for poultry and aquaculture while keeping its attention on the ruminant and swine sectors, says VP.

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ADM to Release First Quarter Financial Results April 26
April 5, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company will release financial results for the first quarter of 2019 before the market opens on Friday, April 26. The company will host a webcast at 8 a.m. Central Time to discuss financial results and provide a company update. A slide presentation will be available for download approximately 60 minutes prior to the webcast.

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DSM Announces John Witkowski as President of DSM Biomedical
April 4, 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, announces Mr. John Witkowski’s appointment as president of DSM Biomedical, effective April 1. Mr. Witkowski succeeds Mr. Tim Shannon, who has served as interim president since December 2018.

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Cargill Taps Stone, Webster for Agricultural Supply Chain and Animal Nutrition Leadership Roles
April 4, 2019 - Cargill has selected Joe Stone, currently enterprise leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition, to lead the company’s global Agricultural Supply Chain. David Webster will assume the Cargill Animal Nutrition leadership role vacated by Stone. Both announcements follow GJ van den Akker’s decision to retire as enterprise lead for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in 2020 after 30 years with the company.

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Darling Ingredients Inc. Announces Closing of Its Private Offering of $500 Million Unsecured Senior Notes Due 2027 and Expiration and Results of Tender Offer
April 3, 2019 - Darling Ingredients Inc. announced that it has closed a private offering of $500 million in aggregate principal amount of its 5.25 percent unsecured senior notes due 2027 (the "Notes"). The Company also announced the expiration and results of its previously announced cash tender offer (the "Tender Offer") for any and all of its outstanding 5.375 percent Senior Notes due 2022 (the "2022 Notes"), which expired at 5 p.m., New York City time, on April 2 (the "Expiration Time").

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New ADM Animal Nutrition Facility Uses Industry-Leading Technology to Meet Customer Needs for Livestock Feed
April 3, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company celebrated the opening of its new high-tech livestock feed facility in Quincy, Illinois. This is the fourth cutting-edge animal nutrition manufacturing facility in North America opened in recent months by the global leader in value-added products and solutions for both production and companion animals.

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COABE and Tyson Foods Partner to Lift Literacy Levels Through the Adult Literacy XPRIZE
April 3, 2019 - The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and Tyson Foods announced a partnership to introduce the free Learning Upgrade app to adult learners with low literacy skills and enable them to reach their literacy goals quicker.

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Merck Completes Acquisition of Antelliq Corporation to Become Leader in Emerging Digital Technology for Livestock and Companion Animals
April 1, 2019 - Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced the completion of its acquisition of Antelliq Corporation from funds advised by BC Partners. The announcement positions the company as a global leader in animal health digital tracking, traceability and monitoring technology and complements the existing portfolio of vaccines and pharmaceuticals. Antelliq will be an operating unit within Merck Animal Health.

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Cal-Maine Foods Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results and Announces $148 Million of Expansion Projects to Increase Cage-Free Capacity
April 1, 2019 - Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 were $384.0 million, an 11.9 percent decrease, compared to $435.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company reported net income of $39.8 million, or $0.82 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to net income of $96.3 million, or $1.99 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Results for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 were favorably affected by a $35.0 million, or $0.72 per basic and diluted share, discrete tax benefit related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) tax reform legislation enacted during the period, and the subsequent revaluation of the Company’s deferred tax liabilities at the new, lower corporate tax rate.

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Zoetis to Host Webcast and Conference Call on First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
March 29, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. will host a webcast and conference call at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Chief Executive Officer Juan Ramón Alaix and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Glenn David will review first quarter 2019 financial results and respond to questions from financial analysts during the call.

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Aviagen - Dr. Jessica Hockaday New Director of Quality Assurance
March 28, 2019 - As of Feb. 11, Dr. Jessica Hockaday has been named the new director of quality assurance for Aviagen® North America. Based in Aviagen's corporate office in Huntsville, she now reports directly to Dr. Eric Jensen, vice president of veterinary services. As director of quality assurance, Jessica oversees all areas of quality control, from GP farms to customer deliveries, in addition to working with sales and service teams to ensure that North American customers are satisfied with healthy, high-quality parent stock.

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Cargill Reports Fiscal 2019 Third-Quarter Results
March 28, 2019 - Cargill reported results for the fiscal 2019 third quarter and first nine months ended Feb. 28, 2019. Key measures include the following.

-Adjusted operating earnings were $604 million, up 8 percent from the $559 million earned last year. This brought earnings for the first nine months to $2.34 billion, a 2 percent decrease from the prior year.

-Net earnings on a U.S. GAAP basis for the quarter were $566 million, a 14 percent increase from $495 million in the year-ago period. For the nine-month period, net earnings declined 3 percent to $2.33 billion.

-Third-quarter revenues decreased 4 percent to $26.9 billion, bringing the year-to-date figure to $83.5 billion.

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Tyson Foods Internship Program Welcomes New Faces
March 28, 2019 - In 2017, Tyson Foods launched an internship program for college students in connection with the University of Arkansas Cossatot. "Paid internship positions in refrigeration and maintenance were made available year-round to any UA Cossatot student enrolled in industrial technology courses with starting pay ranging from $12—$14 per hour," said Tem Gunter, human resource manager of Tyson Foods in Nashville, Arkansas.

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Cargill Could Invest Up to $1 Billion in Latin America in Next Five Years: CEO
March 27, 2019 - Food and agriculture group, Cargill Inc., could invest up to $1 billion in Latin America over the next five years, its chief executive said, and will maintain its operation in Venezuela despite challenges brought on by an economic crisis.

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DSM Proposes New Supervisory Board Member
March 26, 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, announces that at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 8. The DSM Supervisory Board will nominate for appointment as a new Supervisory Board member, Mrs. Erica Mann. The Supervisory Board will also nominate Mrs. Pauline van der Meer Mohr for reappointment to the Supervisory Board.

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ADM Statement on First Quarter Weather Impacts
March 25, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company released the following statement: “This is a difficult time for many communities in which we operate. Last week, we announced a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to provide disaster relief in areas affected by the recent flooding. The safety and well-being of the people in the affected areas is always our top priority, and we will continue to work directly as well as through third parties to assist people and communities that have been affected by severe weather.”

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CoBank Commits $300,000 in Support of Midwest Flood Relief
March 25, 2019 - CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced it has committed $300,000 to support relief efforts resulting from the ongoing flooding in the Midwest. This critical agricultural region has experienced record flooding in the wake of the bomb cyclone, a rapidly intensifying weather event that brought extreme cold, heavy snow and rain to the region in early March. The states of Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency and Nebraska’s Governor has called it the most widespread disaster in the state’s history. Reports indicate that surrounding states may see additional flooding in the coming weeks.

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Kemin Expands India Facility to Increase Manufacturing Capabilities
March 25, 2019 - Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer focused on improving the quality of life for more than half the world's population, announced the expansion of its manufacturing facility in India, located in the SIPCOT industrial estate. This will allow Kemin to better serve the increasing demand for specialized nutritional ingredients that address the region's rapidly growing animal protein industry.

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Jose Luis Prado Elected to Hormel Foods Board of Directors
March 25, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced that Jose Luis Prado, chairman and CEO of Evans Food Group, has been elected to the Hormel Foods board of directors, effective March 25.

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Hormel Foods Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend
March 25, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced that its quarterly dividend on the common stock, authorized by the board of directors at 21 cents ($0.21) a share on March 25, 2019, will be paid May 15, 2019, to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 15, 2019.

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Jayson Penn to Succeed Bill Lovette as Global CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride
March 22, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, a worldwide leader in poultry and prepared foods, today announced that its board of directors has approved the appointment of Jayson Penn, current president of Pilgrim’s USA, to succeed Bill Lovette, who is retiring from the position of president and chief executive officer of Pilgrim’s Pride. Lovette will remain available to provide strategic advisory services to the company through July 2020.

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ADM Further Strengthens Board with New Nominee, Creation of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee
March 22, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced two important strategic additions to its board of directors. the board of directors has nominated Dr. Lei Zhang Schlitz to stand for election to the board at the company’s upcoming Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on May 1. The company also announced the creation of a new board committee on Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility. The committee, which will be formally launched at the upcoming May 2019 board meeting and chaired by board member Suzan Harrison, will set strategic objectives, goals and strategies for the company’s sustainability and corporate citizenship efforts.

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Hunger Relief Agencies in 14 States Receive $1.8 Million in Support from Tyson Foods
March 21, 2019 - As part of Tyson Foods’ ongoing efforts to address food insecurity in its communities, the company announced $1.8 million in new hunger relief grants. Twenty Feeding America® member food banks and other community hunger relief agencies in 14 states were awarded grants to enhance access to nutritious food and combat hunger. The investments represent approximately five million pounds of food or the equivalent of 20 million servings.

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Cargill and Heifer Launch Hatching Hope Global Initiative to Improve Nutrition and Bolster Livelihoods of 100 Million people
March 21, 2019 - Cargill and Heifer International have joined forces to create The Hatching Hope Global Initiative. The bold initiative aims to improve the nutrition and economic livelihoods of 100 million people by 2030 through the production, promotion and consumption of poultry. Hatching Hope will work directly with women smallholder farmers, initially in India, Mexico and Kenya. The program helps farmers not only feed their families but also become part of the solution to bridging the global food and nutrition security gap, while boosting local economies and providing nutrition education.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces New Credit Agreement
March 21, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has approved an agreement, effective March 21, for a new $1.0 billion revolving credit facility through a consortium of banks. The new facility replaces the Company’s existing $900 million facility, which was terminated. The credit will remain unsecured, and certain covenants related to the Company’s financial condition were adjusted and the limitation on capital expenditures was eliminated to support the Company’s future growth. The termination date of the new facility will be March 21, 2024. As of March 21, the Company had $100.0 million in outstanding borrowings and approximately $25.3 million outstanding in letters of credit under the former revolving credit facility, all of which will remain outstanding under the new facility.

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Tyson Foods Maintains Its Top Ranking in Poultry Production
March 20, 2019 - In 2018, Springdale-based Tyson Foods held on to its top ranking for the most chicken production with 39.03 million heads slaughtered for a live weight of 235.32 million pounds each week. The weekly slaughter count at Tyson Foods last year was up 15.29 percent from 2017, according to the WattAgNet recent industry rankings report. The rankings were in the order of the ready-to-cook weights from the weekly slaughter and production. Tyson’s ready-to-cook production was 192.33 million pounds per week last year.

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ADM Donation to Aid in Midwest Flooding Relief
March 20, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help provide disaster relief to communities affected by flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and other Midwestern states. ADM is also matching colleague gifts of $100 and more to the Red Cross and providing emergency grants to colleagues personally impacted by the floods.

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Tyson Foods Helping Flooding Victims in Midwest
March 19, 2019 - A Northwest Arkansas company is sending thousands of pounds of food to victims impacted by the flooding in the Midwest. Tyson Foods is setting up two product distribution sites in some of the worst hit areas of Nebraska and Iowa.

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Perdue Farms' President of Prepared Foods Leaves the Salisbury-Based Poultry Giant
March 19, 2019 - The head of Perdue Farms’ prepared foods division is leaving the Salisbury-based poultry company, a spokeswoman confirmed. Steve Evans, president of Prepared Foods at Perdue, is resigning to pursue other opportunities, said the spokeswoman, Andrea Staub.

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Announces Release Date for Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
March 18, 2019 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. announced that the Company will release its third quarter fiscal 2019 financial results on Monday, April 1. A press release will be issued prior to the open of market trading.

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Rick Cook Joins Ceva as COO of U.S. Biology Unit
March 18, 2019 - Rick Cook has joined Ceva Animal Health, assuming leadership for Ceva’s U.S. vaccine production and related operations. Cook has more than 20 years of leadership experience in veterinary vaccine manufacturing. His background includes bacterial and viral antigen production, technology transfer, process improvement, formulation, filling processes and quality.

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Foodbank to Host Event Recognizing Tyson Food’s $160K Donation
March 18, 2019 - The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia & the Eastern Shore have announced a series of contributions resulting from its longstanding partnership with Tyson Foods. The Foodbank will host a dedication ceremony on Friday, March 22 at its Eastern Shore Facility in Tasley, Virginia – recognizing Tyson’s $160,000 grant awarded to the Foodbank to purchase a new refrigerated truck that will be used for the organization’s Mobile Pantry Program on the Eastern Shore.

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Wayne Farms LLC Plans Elkin, N.C. Expansion
March 16, 2019 - Surry County received its payment recently for a large parcel of land outside of Elkin where Wayne Farms LLC is looking to expand. County Manager Chris Knopf said Wayne Farms paid $548,500 for about 125 acres on N.C. 268 just east of the municipality.

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Rabobank to Strengthen Its Focus on the North American Food & Agri Sector
March 15, 2019 - In line with its international Food & Agri focus Rabobank announces consolidation of its agribusiness activities across the United States and the sale of its subsidiary Rabobank, National Association (“RNA”) to Mechanics Bank. This strategic realignment will simplify and enhance Rabobank’s operations in North America and create the fourth largest agricultural lender in the United States, providing clients with a unique set of financing solutions and access to Rabobank’s global Food & Agri network. The majority of the current Food & Agri clients of RNA will be serviced by Rabo AgriFinance after the transfer of the related assets thereto.

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DSM Commences €1 Billion Share Buy-Back and Announces Regular Repurchase to Cover Share Plans and Stock Dividend
March 14, 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, announces that it will commence the repurchase of ordinary shares with an aggregate market value of €1 billion starting April 1, with the intention to reduce its issued capital, as first announced on Feb. 14.

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DSM Sets Science-Based Reduction Targets for Emissions
March 13, 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, announced that it has set new science-based reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions. The new targets have been reviewed and approved by the Science Based Targets initiative and aligned with the Paris climate agreement. DSM is the first European company in its sector to join the group of almost 180 leading companies with validated science-based targets.

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Jennie-O Makes Some Executive Changes
March 13, 2019 - Pat Solheid, the vice president of human resources and administration, will retire from the company at the end of May. Taking over as the vice president of human resources and administration will be Melanie Faust, the current vice president of operations. Matt Schrupp will take over as the vice president of operations.

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Rose Acre Farms Named Corporate Citizen of the Year by Greater Seymour, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
March 13, 2019 - Rose Acre Farms was recognized as Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce. Chief Operating Officer Tony Wesner spoke on behalf of the company and thanked the chamber for presenting the egg giant with the recognition.

He shared some of the comments he frequently gives employees to remind them how important their role is in providing eggs. Wesner said because of Rose Acre Farms, more than 30 million people get the opportunity to eat an egg each day.

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Wayne Farms LLC Names Industry Veteran Kevin McDaniel as VP/General Manager of Fresh Business Unit
March 13, 2019 - Wayne Farms LLC has announced selection of industry veteran Kevin McDaniel as vice president and general manager of the company’s fresh business unit. In his new role, McDaniel assumes responsibility for all fresh processing business unit operations, including oversight of sales, production and live operations for assets across 10 complex facilities in five states. McDaniel brings a wealth of leadership expertise to the position, most recently as president of Aviagen North America and senior roles with OK Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Hires New Head of International Sales
March 13, 2019 - Pilgrim's Pride Corp. announced Chaz Wilson as the new head of international sales and logistics team for Pilgrim’s USA. In his new role, Wilson will lead the Pilgrim’s USA export strategy, managing the sale and distribution of Pilgrim’s products to a range of export destinations, including Mexico, Africa, East Asia, the Middle East and others.

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Cobb and OneEgg Get More Eggs to More Kids
March 13, 2019 - Continuing their mission to increase the availability of animal protein to children around the world at risk of malnutrition, Cobb-Vantress and OneEgg recently launched new chapters in Nepal, Honduras and Ethiopia. Participating children receive one egg a day several days a week, greatly increasing animal protein consumption, which is essential for proper growth and development. Protein malnutrition affects nearly 150 million children around the world, and eggs contain 18 different types of protein and nine different vitamins.

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Elanco Animal Health Completes Separation from Lilly
March 11, 2019 - Elanco Animal Health Incorporated announced that it is now a fully independent company. The completion of Eli Lilly and Company’s exchange offer completes the journey Elanco began in 2017 when its former parent company first announced the exploration of potential strategic alternatives for the 64-year-old animal health company. The exchange offer was 7.6x oversubscribed.

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Sanderson Farms Corporate Communication Team Earns Public Relations and Advertising Awards
March 11, 2019 - Sanderson Farms' Corporate Communication Department recently won five local advertising and public relations awards from the American Advertising Federation of Jackson, Mississippi and the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi. The nation's third largest poultry producer was recognized for the publication of two annual reports and the launch of new social media pages dedicated to engaging current and prospective employees.

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Cooper Farms to Acquire Hemmelgarn & Sons
March 11, 2019 - Cooper Farms is expanding its egg business, as the company announced its intent to purchase the assets of Hemmelgarn & Sons. The two companies have signed an agreement in which Cooper Farms will purchase an egg grading and packaging plant, located in Philothea, Ohio; a feed mill, located in Union City, Ohio; 1.6 million hens, cared for by 12 contract farmers; as well as a trucking fleet and nearly 300 acres of land.

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DSM’s 2018 Integrated Annual Report: Strong Progress on People, Planet and Profit, Creating Value for All Stakeholders
March 8, 2019 - The report demonstrates DSM’s consistent progress as a growth company with ambitious business and sustainability efforts that creates value for all its stakeholders across the three dimensions of People, Planet and Profit. Key highlights include:

- Outperformance of ambitious financial targets and delivery of strong organic growth in all businesses, with greatly improved operational and financial performance (6 percent organic topline growth, as well as EBITDA growth, even 10 percent at constant currencies for the underlying business), also resulting in a 100 bps increase of ROCE for the underlying business for the group.

- Improvement of the company’s environmental footprint, delivering a 33 percent efficiency improvement in greenhouse gas emissions (versus 2008), as well as a 5.1 percent energy efficiency improvement (versus 2015), and 41 percent of electricity purchased from renewable sources, compared to 3 percent in 2015.

-Consistent increase in the gender diversity of the company’s executive population (from 17 to 19 percent female, and now 3 out of 7 Executive Committee members being female), improvement of its employee engagement (from 75 percent to all time high of 76 percent), and delivery on its under-represented nationalities target (60 percent) ahead of schedule.

-External recognition from renowned organizations: Fortune Change the World List, Responsible Business of the Year Award from Ethical Corporation, high rankings on ESG Benchmarks including Sustainalytics (placed number one out of 135 companies), MSCI (in leading group), Dow Jones Sustainability Index (industry group leader) and EcoVadis (top 1 percent of its industry).

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Perdue Farms Recognized by “2020 Women on Boards” for Diversity on Board of Directors
March 7, 2019 - The 2020 Women on Boards, a national organization that aims to boost female representation on corporate boards to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020, has recognized Perdue Farms for leadership in gender diversity on its Board of Directors with its 2018 “W” (Winning) Company Award. Fifty-six percent of Perdue’s directors are women.

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Butterball Announces New COO
March 6, 2019 - Butterball announced on March 5 that Peter Brown will take over as chief operating officer of the company. Brown previously worked as president and chief operating officer at High Liner Foods, a global seafood company based in New Hampshire. He has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience from different levels of procurement, manufacturing, commercial distribution and customer support for various protein companies in both retail and foodservice.

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Marel: 2018 Annual Report
March 6, 2019 - 2018 was a good year for Marel. Revenues in 2018 were EUR 1.2 billion and EBIT 14.6 percent. At the end of 2018, Marel had more than 6,000 employees, working in more than 30 countries.

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Tyson Foods First Major Food Company to Receive Third Party Poultry Handling and Transportation Certification
March 6, 2019 - As part of its commitment to animal welfare, Tyson Foods, Inc. has implemented a third-party certification program to ensure the proper handling and transportation of birds in its chicken business. The company is the first major chicken producer to implement Poultry Handling and Transportation (PHT) certification, offered by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).

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ADM and Cargill Complete Agreement Launching Technology Joint Venture Focused on Farmer Profitability
March 5, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company and Cargill have successfully completed their transaction, formally launching Grainbridge, LLC. The joint venture will develop digital tools to help North American farmers consolidate information on production economics and grain marketing activities into a single digital platform, at no cost to them.

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Perdue Southeast DC Associates Join United Way and Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia to Feed Families in Need
March 4, 2019 - Perdue associates from the company’s Southeast Distribution Center joined the United Way of the Coastal Empire and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia at a mobile food pantry to provide supplemental food to more than 300 Effingham County families who struggle to make tough choices between buying groceries and paying for other necessities. Local families showed up at the Effingham County Recreation Department and received a bag full of nonperishable food, fresh produce, frozen chicken, and bakery items.

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Perdue Farms Donates 85,000 Pounds of No-Antibiotics-Ever Chicken to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
March 4, 2019 - As part of its commitment to hunger relief, Perdue Farms has delivered 85,000 pounds of no-antibiotics-ever chicken to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The donation is part of Perdue’s ongoing efforts to help families in the Shenandoah Valley struggling with food insecurity have access to nutritious protein.

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Pilgrim's Pride to Host Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 1, 2019
March 4, 2019 - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) will host its annual meeting of shareholders on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 8 a.m. Mountain / 10 a.m. Eastern. This meeting, which will include a review of fiscal year 2018 and other business as may be properly brought before the meeting, will take place at Pilgrim's Pride Corporation headquarters at 1770 Promontory Circle in Greeley, Colorado.

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ADM Completes FCC Acquisition, Adding High-Value Citrus Capabilities to Support the Growth of its Nutrition Portfolio
March 1, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced that it has completed its acquisition of Florida Chemical Company, one of the world’s largest natural citrus oils and ingredients manufacturers.

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DSM Announces Start of Avansya
March 1, 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announced the establishment of Avansya V.O.F. The 50:50 joint venture is a partnership between Cargill and DSM.

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Harvest Regional Food Bank Receives $50K Donation from Tyson Foods
February 28, 2019 - Harvest Regional Food Bank is partnering with Tyson Foods in Nashville, Arkansas, to relieve hunger in three rural counties. Tyson Foods donated $50,000 to the food bank on Thursday. Harvest Regional Food Bank Executive Director Camille Wrinkle said, "We're gonna be able to deliver several hundred thousand more meals because of the funding we're receiving today."

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Kemin Invests in China to Become Basic in Enzyme Ingredients
February 28, 2019 - Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer focused on improving the quality of life for more than half the world's population, announced a new partnership with CRVAB Bio-technology Co., Ltd. based in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China. Since 1980, Kemin has been a global market leader in blending enzymes for feed. To further expand the global reach for Kemin in enzyme production, the investment will give Kemin fermentation and production capabilities. This will allow Kemin to directly control its production of enzymes, provide customers with higher quality solutions and even greater consistency in enzyme products.

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Bayer Increases Sales and Earnings
February 27, 2019 - -Group sales advance 4.5 percent (Fx & portfolio adj.) to 39.586 billion euros -EBITDA before special items increases by 2.8 percent to 9.547 billion euros, held back by currency effects of 457 million euros -Pharmaceuticals posts higher sales (Fx & portfolio adj.) and slightly lower earnings -Consumer Health: sales level with prior year (Fx & portfolio adj.), earnings decline -Crop Science reports sales gains, substantially higher earnings due to the acquisition, integration off to a strong start -Positive safety profile of glyphosate unchanged – Bayer vigorously defending itself against lawsuits -Net income at 1.695 billion euros, impacted by one-time effects -Core earnings per share at 5.94 euros, above expectations -Net financial debt at 35.679 billion euros, significantly better than expected -Bayer confirms 2019 group outlook and 2022 targets

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Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Financial Results
February 27, 2019 - For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Darling Ingredients Inc. reported net sales of $853.1 million, as compared with net sales of $952.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Net income attributable to Darling for the three months ended Dec. 29, 2018 was $40.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to a net income of $105.7 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease in net income for the fourth quarter 2018 is primarily attributable to income tax expense compared to an income tax benefit in the same period of 2017 due to the remeasurement of deferred tax liabilities per the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and benefits from European tax reform, along with higher depreciation costs from increased capital expenditures that more than offset increased income from unconsolidated subsidiaries and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Reports Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2019
February 26, 2019 - Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were $743.4 million compared with $771.9 million for the same period a year ago. The company reported a net loss of $17.8 million, or $0.82 per share, for the quarter compared with net income of $51.2 million, or $2.24 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

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Perdue Advances Its Industry Leading Animal Welfare Program
February 26, 2019 - Perdue Farms has followed up its 2018 move to controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) at its Milford, Delaware, plant with the country’s first system to further improve live bird handling, beginning at the farm. The milestone at the country’s largest organic poultry plant makes Perdue the only major poultry company to use CAS with a fully-integrated transportation system of higher-welfare modular containers and specially designed trailers. There are currently only eight other installations of these container systems in the world.

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CoBank Increases Sharing Success Charitable Giving Program to $4 Million per Year
February 25, 2019 - CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced that the board of directors has increased the size of the bank’s annual Sharing Success charitable giving program from $3 million to $4 million per year. Sharing Success provides matching funds for donations made by CoBank’s customers to local nonprofit organizations in their communities. Since its inception in 2012, the program has generated more than $36 million in total charitable donations, primarily in rural areas across the country

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Grimes’ Exit Opens Important Prepared Foods Job at Tyson Foods
February 25, 2019 - Sally Grimes, Tyson Foods group president for prepared foods, is exiting the company later this year when her successor is named and there is an adequate transition period. Grimes gave notice to Tyson Foods this week and the company filed a notice with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission. Tyson Foods corporate spokesman Gary Mickelson said Grime’s decision to leave the company later this year reflects her desire to spend more time with her family as she plans to remain in Chicago.

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Butterball Team Members Receive Industry Accolades and Leadership Roles
February 25, 2019 - Abby Grandinetti, Butterball LLC’s food safety and animal care specialist, received a “30 Under 30” award at the 2019 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta. She was recognized for her leadership qualities within the meat and poultry manufacturing industry.

Molly Parker, director of food safety and animal care, was recently named to the board of trustees for the Poultry & Egg Sustainability and Welfare Foundation (PESWF). The PESWF is responsible for oversight, control and management of the PESWF affairs and will help drive the poultry and egg industry’s mission to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability and animal welfare. Parker was recognized with an IPPE “30 Under 30” award in 2018.

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CoBank Reports Full-Year Financial Results for 2018
February 22, 2019 - CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced financial results for the full year and fourth quarter of 2018. CoBank’s average loan volume for 2018 increased 5 percent to $100.6 billion, reflecting increased lending across all three of the bank’s operating segments. Net interest income increased 3 percent to $1.431 billion, driven primarily by higher average loan volume. Full-year net income rose 6 percent to $1.191 billion.

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Jim Perdue Inducted into Poultry Industry Hall of Fame
February 22, 2019 - Jim Perdue, chairman and advertising spokesman for Perdue Farms, joins his father Frank Perdue in the American Poultry Historical Society’s Poultry Industry Hall of Fame. Jim Perdue was inducted into the hall of fame during a ceremony at the recent International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta; his father joined the hall of fame in 1995. They are the only father and son duo to receive the honor.

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Cargill Bolsters Commitment to Deforestation-Free Supply Chains
February 21, 2019 - New sustainability policies and human rights commitment reinforce company’s intent to operate more sustainable supply chains while supporting agricultural development.

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Hormel Foods Reports First Quarter Results and Reaffirms Fiscal 2019 Guidance
February 21, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. All comparisons are to the first quarter of fiscal 2018 unless otherwise noted.

-Fiscal 2019 earnings guidance reaffirmed at $1.77 to $1.91 per share -Volume of 1.2 billion lbs., up 1 percent -Net sales of $2.4 billion, up 1 percent -Pre-tax earnings of $307 million, up 1 percent -Diluted earnings per share of $0.44, down $0.12 per share due to the impact of tax reform in 2018 -Effective tax rate of 21.3 percent compared to 0.6 percent last year -Operating margin of 13.0 percent compared to 13.0 percent last year -Cash flow from operations of $187 million, down 38 percent

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Under CEO David MacLennan, Cargill is Adapting to Digital Disruption and Healthy Eating
February 20, 2019 - “Innovation in all its forms—technology, digitalization and R&D—provides the means to address some of the greatest challenges facing the global food system,” MacLennan told the audience. “Whether it’s achieving zero hunger, delivering on consumer preferences, creating safer workplaces, offering transparency in our food system or helping farmers prosper, Cargill believes technology can unlock solutions.”

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Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative Awarded $10k from Perdue Foundation
February 20, 2019 - Perdue Farms has the initiative to improve the planet through the education of Indiana farmers and producers. The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has awarded the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) $10,000. CCSI is a program of the Indiana Conservation Partnership with a mission of improving soil health on Indiana cropland. “Our partnership with Perdue will further help CCSI to address environmental concerns as well as help our Indiana farmers become more resilient to extreme weather events and challenging market conditions,” CCSI Director Lisa Holscher said.Perdue Farms has the initiative to improve the planet through the education of Indiana farmers and producers. The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has awarded the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) $10,000. CCSI is a program of the Indiana Conservation Partnership with a mission of improving soil health on Indiana cropland. “Our partnership with Perdue will further help CCSI to address environmental concerns as well as help our Indiana farmers become more resilient to extreme weather events and challenging market conditions,” CCSI Director Lisa Holscher said.

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Cobb Unveils $50M New Zealand Facility
February 19, 2019 - After two years of preparation and construction, Cobb celebrated the opening of its New Zealand pure-line facility on Jan. 31. Hundreds of community members, Cobb New Zealand team members, company leaders, and industry officials attended the ribbon cutting ceremony in Rangiriri, Waikato.

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Eggland's Best Celebrates First-of-Its-Kind Patent for Production of a Better Egg
February 19, 2019 - Eggland's Best (EB), the nation's #1 egg, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a first-of-its-kind patent only to Eggland's Best for its method of producing a better shell egg. This patent, A Method for Production of a Verified Enriched Shell Egg, confirms that Eggland's Best shell eggs are produced in a method that enriches their nutritional content. Eggland's Best's patented method of production and verification ensures that every EB egg has superior qualities including high nutritional content, a reduced risk of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE), and other exceptional egg and shell qualities. This patent demonstrates and verifies that the EB process is superior, resulting in the highest quality egg.

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Sanderson Farms Cultivates Culture of Community, Charity and Chicken
February 19, 2019 - CEO and President, Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., has quietly woven charity into the corporate culture at Sanderson Farms over the years, and the donation numbers speak for themselves. Sanderson Farms has donated more than $10.6 million to various charities since 2011. What speaks even more to this attitude of generosity are the words of the company’s employees, who often describe Sanderson Farms as a family that takes care of the community.

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Tyson Presents Large Donation to Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
February 19, 2019 - Tyson will donate 110,000 pounds of protein to Northwest Arkansas Food Bank as part of their Miles that Matter program. This significant donation provides more than 440,000 servings of protein, an essential part of a well-balanced meal, to help the one in seven individuals in Northwest Arkansas who face hunger every day.Tyson will donate 110,000 pounds of protein to Northwest Arkansas Food Bank as part of their Miles that Matter program. This significant donation provides more than 440,000 servings of protein, an essential part of a well-balanced meal, to help the one in seven individuals in Northwest Arkansas who face hunger every day.

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Wayne Farms Plans Companywide Hatchery Upgrades
February 18, 2019 - The company’s senior director of live operations said the integrator is adding single-stage incubation, increased airflow and in-hatchery feeding.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Moves on from Challenging FY18
February 15, 2019 - Weather disruptions and a challenging environment in commodity chicken held back sales and earnings at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. in the fourth quarter and full year. “In the US, we experienced a very difficult environment in commodity chicken, partially offset by prepared foods, which has been accelerating in its improvement,” William W. Lovette, president and CEO, said during a Feb. 14 conference call with analysts.

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Merck Animal Health Increases Facility Capacity, Capability in Delaware
February 15, 2019 - Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co. Inc., announced Feb. 13 increased investment and expansion opportunities in its U.S. manufacturing and warehousing sites, namely Millsboro, Del. According to the announcement, the company expanded its manufacturing capacity and capabilities in Millsboro last year with additional expansion activities planned over the next few years.

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Merck Animal Health Increases Facility Capacity, Capability in Delaware
February 15, 2019 - Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co. Inc., announced Feb. 13 increased investment and expansion opportunities in its U.S. manufacturing and warehousing sites, namely Millsboro, Del. According to the announcement, the company expanded its manufacturing capacity and capabilities in Millsboro last year with additional expansion activities planned over the next few years.

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DSM Reports 2018 Results
February 14, 2019 - Highlights full year 2018:

- DSM reports a very strong year, including a robust Q4 - Underlying business: - Strong organic sales growth of 6 percent - Adjusted EBITDA growth of 6 percent; 10 percent adjusted for FX - ROCE of 13.3 percent, up 100 bps - Total business (including temporary vitamin effect): - Adjusted EBITDA up 26 percent, including €290m temporary vitamin effect - Adjusted Net profit of €1,034m, up 46 percent, with Net profit of €1,079m - Cash from Operating Activities €1,391m, up 40 percent - 25 percent dividend increase from €1.85 to €2.30 per ordinary share2 - Full year outlook 2019 in line with strategic targets - Launch of €1bn share buy-back program, reflecting strong balance sheet and resilient business

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CoBank: Opportunities Outweigh Challenges Crop Gene Editing and the Food System
February 13, 2019 - Investments in gene editing tools for agricultural crops have heated up in recent years and will only intensify in 2019. The technology is increasingly recognized as game-changing, and according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, it has the potential to live up to the hype.

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Butterball Foodservice Launches National Initiative to Serve
February 11, 2019 - Butterball, the world’s largest vertically integrated turkey processor, has committed to developing foodservice products to meet K-12 specifications and hired an industry veteran to lead its new national program. As consumer interest in buying Butterball turkey ranks higher than any competitor, young scholars can now enjoy a variety of turkey items from a trusted and familiar brand for their school meals and snacks.

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Foster Farms to Expand Livingston Poultry Processing Plant
February 8, 2019 - Foster Farms president and chief executive officer Laura Flanagan announced Feb. 7 a multimillion-dollar capital investment project that will support an expansion and upgrade of the company’s poultry processing facility in Livingston, Cal. The investment will expand the facility’s product lines, which currently provide 2,032 jobs in Merced County, Cal., according to an announcement from the county. Additional jobs will be added as part of the expansion.

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Boehringer Ingelheim to Create 225 Jobs, Invest More Than $120 Million in Georgia
February 7, 2019 - Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., a leading animal health company, will create 225 jobs and invest more than $120 million in Gwinnett, Clarke and Hall counties. The company has located its North American headquarters in Duluth, creating 75 new jobs; is adding more than 100 new jobs at its manufacturing and R&D facility in Athens; and more than 50 jobs at the company’s Gainesville manufacturing facility.

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Aviagen Sponsors Grain Bin Rescue Wall
February 7, 2019 - At the 2019 Alabama Feed and Grain Association (AFGA) Grain Expo on Jan. 19, Aviagen® joined five local companies in sponsoring grain bin rescue walls, marketed under the name, “the Great Wall of Rescue.” AFGA will present the six walls to a local fire rescue squad to assist in grain bin rescue operations.

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Tyson Foods Reports Strong First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
February 7, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. reported the following financial results. First quarter highlights include the following.

- GAAP EPS of $1.50, down 66 percent from record prior year (prior year included a one-time tax benefit of $2.68) - Adjusted EPS of $1.58, down 13 percent from record prior year - GAAP operating income of $807 million; Adjusted operating income of $841 million - Total Company GAAP operating margin of 7.9 percent; Adjusted operating margin of 8.3 percent - Record Prepared Foods GAAP operating margin of 12.3 percent and record Adjusted operating margin of 12.5 percent - Closed the Keystone Foods acquisition on Nov. 30, 2018 - Repurchased 1.4 million shares for $83 million

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Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Promotes Hoekstra to President
February 6, 2019 - Everett Hoekstra is the new president of Duluth, Georgia-based Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. Hoekstra, who most recently was chief financial officer of the U.S. animal health business, succeeds Paul Fonteyne, who retired after 15 years with Boehringer Ingelheim.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation Reports Second Quarter Results
February 6, 2019 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced its financial results for its second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2018. Highlights for the December 2018 quarter (compared to the December 2017 quarter) are as follows.

- Net sales of $218 million, an increase of $12 million, or 6 percent - Net income of $15 million, an increase of $8 million - Diluted EPS of $0.36, an increase of $0.19 - Adjusted EBITDA of $32 million, a decline of $0.9 million, or 3 percent - Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.41, a decrease of $0.03, or 7 percent

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Marel: 2018 Results – 15 Percent Revenue Growth and Solid 14.6 Percent EBIT Margin in 2018
February 6, 2019 - Árni Oddur Thórdarson, CEO of Marel, “We are delighted to report record revenues of 331 million in the final quarter of 2018, up 12 percent compared to the strong fourth quarter in 2017. Revenues for the full year 2018 were up 15 percent, of which 12.5 percent was organic growth. With one of the largest installed bases worldwide and our proactive service mindset, 35 percent of our total revenues are recurring maintenance revenues. EBIT was solid at 14.6 percent in Q4 2018 and for the full year.”

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Tyson Foods to Acquire Thai and European Operations from BRF S.A.
February 6, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Thai and European operations of BRF S.A. The $340 million (USD) purchase includes four processing facilities in Thailand, one processing facility in the Netherlands and one processing facility in the United Kingdom. This deal builds on the company’s growth strategy to expand offerings of value-added protein in global markets.

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Cobb Leaders Take on New Roles to Prepare for Company’s Continued Growth
February 6, 2019 - To better prepare for the company’s continued growth, Cobb-Vantress announced new roles for several key executives around the world last week. Three leaders, who together have more than 46 years of combined experience at Cobb, will take on new responsibilities to position the company to better meet growing global demand for Cobb products.

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Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Efforts Featured in Film Festival
February 6, 2019 - The Hormel Foods Our Food Journey™ video that showcases the company’s efforts to make the world a better place is featured in an international corporate citizenship film festival. The inspirational piece was created as an anthem video to explain to stakeholders what Our Food Journey™ means to the company and to showcase all that Hormel Foods is doing. From hunger-relief efforts to animal welfare and environmental stewardship, Hormel Foods is inspired to make a difference.

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Cobb Releases New Management Guides and Supplements, Enhances Academy Program
February 5, 2019 - Cobb-Vantress announced the release of new management guides and product supplements as part of the company’s enhancements to its Cobb Academy program. These resources were updated to reflect top-performing flocks and provide best practices and recommendations to help maximize genetic potential.

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ADM Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings of $0.55 Per Share, $0.88 per Share on An Adjusted Basis
February 5, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company reported financial results for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2018. Net earnings of $315 million trailing four-quarter adjusted ROIC of 8.3 percent, 200 bps over annual WACC Strategic actions positioning company for continued growth in 2019.

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Bishop, Peco COO Retires from His Position
February 5, 2019 - Benny Bishop announced his retirement as chief operating officer of Peco Foods after 50 years in the industry. Bishop served in his current position since 2009 and worked with Peco since 2006.

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The World Food Programme and Cargill Call for Bold Solutions to End Hunger
February 4, 2019 - The World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator and Cargill announce a call for applications for the Global Innovation Challenge for Zero Hunger, running from Feb. 4 – 28. The idea is for start-ups, private companies and NGOs to submit bold solutions that can sustainably lift people out of hunger.

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Agricultural Economist Ozark Mountain Poultry Founder Named to University of Arkansas Board of Trustees
February 4, 2019 - Ed Fryar, an agricultural economist and founder of a poultry processing company, Ozark Mountain Poultry, has been appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the 10-person University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

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DSM Announces Agreement to Increase Its Shareholding in Andre Pectin to 75 Percent
February 4, 2019 - Royal DSM informs its stakeholders that it agreed to increase its shareholding in Yantai Andre Pectin Co. Ltd. (Andre Pectin) to 75 percent. Andre Pectin is a leading specialty food ingredient producer.

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With Completion of Neovia Acquisition, ADM Creates Premier Global Leader in Animal Nutrition
February 1, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced that it has successfully completed its €1.544 billion acquisition of Neovia, creating a global leader in value-added products and solutions for both production and companion animals.

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Foodmate Acquires Computerway Business Solutions
January 31, 2019 - Foodmate, an international poultry processing systems supplier, has acquired a controlling interest in Computerway Business Solutions Ltd. Computerway Business Solutions Ltd., the supplier of ChickSort Poultry, Weighing, Grading and Sorting systems, has operated alongside Foodmate for the last six years.

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DSM Announces New Chief Innovation Officer
January 31, 2019 - Royal DSM announced that Rob van Leen, chief innovation officer (CIO) and member of the executive committee, has decided to step down from his position and focus on non-executive roles outside of DSM in the second half of 2019. Patricia Malarkey, in her most recent executive role head of Research & Development and member of the executive committee at Syngenta, will join DSM as of March 15 to succeed Rob as chief innovation officer and member of the executive committee in August 2019.

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Hormel Foods Announces the Advancement of James N. Sheehan to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
January 31, 2019 - The advancement was effective Jan. 29. Sheehan previously held the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer for the company. As executive vice president and chief financial officer for Hormel Foods, Sheehan oversees the company’s financial enterprise including accounting, information technology, internal audit, investor relations, corporate tax and treasury.

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Second Harvest Wins Grant from Tyson For Food Storage System
January 30, 2019 - Second Harvest won a grant from Tyson Foods that will help source and distribute more healthy food to people in need. A $92,000 grant funded a pallet racking system and forklift which will allow Second Harvest to store food on top of each other in a much more organized way. This will increase their storage capacity by 60 percent.

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Giving Back: Cobb-Vantress Contributes to Genesis House’s Tiny Home Community
January 30, 2019 - Cobb-Vantress, a global poultry research and technology company headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, recently donated $25,000 to Genesis House, a local organization helping to break the cycle of homelessness. Operating since 2004, Genesis House supports more than 2,500 people each year — many of whom are young families with children — serving as a day shelter and offering temporary housing programs.

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2019 Alltech Global Feed Survey Estimates World Feed Production Increased by 3 Percent to 1.103 Billion Metric Tons
January 29, 2019 - The 2019 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates that international feed tonnage has increased by a strong 3 percent to 1.103 billion metric tons of feed produced in 2018, exceeding 1 billion metric tons for the third consecutive year. The top eight countries are China, the U.S., Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, Spain and Turkey. Together, they produce 55 percent of the world’s feed production and contain 59 percent of the world’s feed mills, and they can be viewed as an indicator of the trends in agriculture. Predominant growth came from the layer, broiler and dairy feed sectors.

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Everett Hoekstra Appointed President of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc.
January 29, 2019 - Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. announced today the appointment of Everett Hoekstra as its president. Hoekstra succeeds Paul Fonteyne, who retired after 15 years with Boehringer Ingelheim. He takes the helm two years after Boehringer Ingelheim's animal-health business acquired Merial from Sanofi.

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UA Business Hall of Fame 2019: John W. Tyson
January 28, 2019 - John W. Tyson was active in many organizations. He was director of the National Broiler Council, chairman of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and member of the Arkansas Racing Commission. He was also a Rotarian, Mason and Shriner.

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Peco Foods Names Lumpkin New Tuscaloosa Plant Manager
January 28, 2019 - Peco Foods has named Clarence Lumpkin as the new plant manager of its poultry plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, succeeding Tim Daniel, who will be retiring from the company in March. Daniel is retiring after 25 years with the company.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation to Host Year End 2018 Earnings Call on Feb. 14
January 24, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced that it will host its year end 2018 earnings conference call and webcast on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 a.m. MT (9 a.m. ET). Prepared remarks regarding the company’s financial and operational results will be followed by a question and answer period with Pilgrim’s executive management team.

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Tyson Foods to Deliver 85 Tons of Food – More than 685,000 Meals – to Help Federal Workers
January 24, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. plans to donate more than 85 tons of food – or more than 685,000 meals – to the Washington, D.C. area to help those in need, including federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown. Social service agencies are experiencing increased demand for assistance in the weeks after the government shutdown, so the company is making deliveries to a food bank, a community kitchen and a non-profit group that supports military service members and their families.

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Cargill Invests Digital Engineering to Support Hyperledger Grid
January 23, 2019 - In a nod to its open-first technology principle to help address the world’s most significant food challenges, Cargill is investing its own digital engineering to aid the success and adoption of Hyperledger Grid. The latest project in Hyperledger’s portfolio of open-source frameworks and tools, Hyperledger Grid is created to accelerate development of blockchain and other digital solutions for the global food and agriculture supply chains.

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Perdue Foods Appoints David Zucker as Its First SVP of E-Commerce and New Ventures
January 23, 2019 - Perdue Foods has announced the appointment of David Zucker as senior vice president of E-Commerce and New Ventures, a new position for the company. Zucker will oversee all aspects of Perdue’s e-commerce strategy.

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Perdue Foundation Awards $10,000 to Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
January 22, 2019 - The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has provided the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Inc. with a $10,000 grant to help the organization provide breast health education, routine health screenings, and appropriate follow-up services to Delaware residents, including Perdue employees and their families in Kent and Sussex counties.

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ADM Named to Most Admired Company List for 11th Consecutive Year
January 22, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company was named one of the world’s most admired companies in the food production industry by Fortune magazine for the 11th year in a row.

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Tyson Foods Tops FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies List for Food Production
January 22, 2019 - For the third straight year, Tyson Foods, Inc. ranks No. 1 on Fortune magazine’s list of the WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES in the Food Production category.

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Hain Celestial Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Earnings Date and Conference Call
January 22, 2019 - The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., 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™, will conduct a conference call to discuss its Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 financial results on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

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Kemin Industries Names Haley Stomp Senior Vice President of Marketing
January 22, 2019 - Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer with a focus on improving the quality of life for more than half the world's population, has appointed Haley Stomp, a 16-year company veteran, to lead its worldwide marketing as Senior Vice President, effective immediately.

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Aviagen: Depicting the Poultry Value Chain in Miniature
January 21, 2019 - A replica of an Aviagen® hatchery and delivery truck are currently on display in a 9-by-36-foot poultry industry diorama – a miniature model exhibited at the Georgia Poultry Lab in Gainesville since 2017. Aviagen is a sponsor of the diorama, and the hatchery shown is based on the company’s Sallisaw, Oklahoma, facility.

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PSSI Takes the Lead on Food Safety with New Brand Identity
January 18, 2019 - PSSI, one of the largest contract sanitation providers across the USDA, FDA and CFIA food processing industries, today unveiled a new logo and website as part of a larger strategy to broaden the company’s position and brand as the leading food safety solutions company.

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Tyson Foods to Hold Q1 Earnings Call and Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Feb. 7
January 17, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. will hold both its first quarter 2019 earnings call and its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Thursday, Feb. 7. The earnings call will be at 9 a.m. Eastern (8 a.m. Central). The Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held at 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central) at Tyson Emma, 319 E. Emma Ave., Springdale, Ark., 72762. A ticket, proof of shareholder status or team member badge is required for entry.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend
January 17, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 (thirty-two cents) per share payable Feb. 12, to stockholders of record on Jan. 29.

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ADM to Acquire Gleadell Agriculture Ltd and Dunns Ltd, Combining Existing UK Origination Entities to Create ADM Agriculture Ltd
January 17, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced it has signed an agreement to purchase the remaining 50 percent stake of Gleadell Agriculture Ltd., currently jointly owned by ADM and InVivo, including Gleadell’s wholly owned subsidiary Dunns (Long Sutton) Ltd. ADM will merge Gleadell and Dunns with ADM Arkady, ADM’s UK destination marketing business, and ADM Direct UK, ADM’s specialist combinable crop origination business to create ADM Agriculture Ltd, thus strengthening ADM’s presence across the UK.

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Cargill to Grow Pakistan Business with US$200 Million Investment
January 17, 2019 - Cargill renewed its long-standing commitment to Pakistan by announcing plans to invest more than US$200 million in the next three-to-five years. Being a global food and agriculture producer with a strong focus on Asia, Cargill aims to partner in Pakistan’s growth by bringing its global expertise and investment into the country. The company’s strategy includes expansion across its agricultural trading and supply chain, edible oils, dairy, meat and animal feed businesses while ensuring safety and food traceability.

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Cooper Farms Donates More than 200,000 Lbs. of Meat to Area Food Banks
January 16, 2019 - Cooper Farms has donated nearly 210,000 pounds of meat to fulfill a need for protein at area food banks. The variety of cooked, ready-to-cook, and canned meat items were donated not only to foodbanks but will also be used for area events and organizations.

“It is important to us that we make sure to give back to the communities where we do business,” said Gary Cooper, COO. “We would be here if it weren’t for the people who live here and all of our dedicated team members. Our dad taught us the importance of community many years ago, and that is a lesson we will never forget.”

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Mountaire Farms Donates $20K to Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys and Girls Club
January 16, 2019 - Mountaire Farms provided a $20,000 donation to help launch a fund-raising campaign to expand the Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys and Girls Club in Delaware.

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Tyson Foods and EDF Launch Partnership to Accelerate Sustainable Food Production
January 15, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. and Environmental Defense Fund announced a new partnership to develop and deploy initiatives that support Tyson’s sustainability strategy and help meet increasing consumer demand for more sustainably grown food.

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ADM to Release Fourth Quarter Financial Results Feb
January 15, 2019 - Archer Daniels Midland Company will release financial results for the fourth quarter of 2018 before the market opens on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The company will host a webcast at 8 a.m. Central Time to discuss financial results and provide a company update. A slide presentation will be available for download approximately 60 minutes prior to the webcast.

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Jon Nash to Lead Cargill’s North American Protein Business
January 15, 2019 - Cargill has selected Jon Nash to lead its North American protein business. He will report to Brian Sikes, who was recently appointed to the executive team as leader of the company’s global protein and salt businesses.

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Perdue Named A “Best Employer for Diversity”
January 15, 2019 - Forbes has named Perdue Farms one of the “Best Employers for Diversity” for 2019. The list, which Forbes released in partnership with online statistics firm Statista, is powered by an independent survey of more than 50,000 employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within the United States.

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Neogen Releases 2018 Capstone Report
January 14, 2019 - Neogen Corporation releases its 2018 Capstone Report – a summary of the Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report YouTube videos that were compiled and narrated by Neogen throughout the 2018 grain harvest season.

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Tyson Foods Announces Executive Changes Following Keystone Acquisition
January 14, 2019 - As part of the integration of recently acquired Keystone Foods and the company’s global growth efforts, Tyson Foods, Inc. announced changes to the enterprise leadership team that reports directly to President and CEO Noel White, effective Jan. 28.

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Rose Acre Farms Holds Fundraising Contest Benefitting Local Nursing Home Residents
January 11, 2019 - Rose Acre Farms continued an annual tradition this past holiday season by raising money to purchase gifts for local nursing home residents.

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PGA Tour Honors Sanderson Farms Championship for “Best Charity Integration”
January 10, 2019 - The Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson was honored by the PGA Tour for “Best Charity Integration” during the 2018 tournament at The Country Club of Jackson. The “Best Charity Integration” Award recognizes the tournament that incorporates the tournament’s charity and theme into all facets of the event. The Sanderson Farms Championship is united around its charitable impact to Friends of Children’s Hospital, a non-profit benefitting the only children’s hospital in Mississippi, Batson Children’s Hospital.

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Sanderson Farms Championship Donates $1.25M to Friends of Children’s Hospital
January 10, 2019 - Century Club Charities donated $1.25 million dollars to friends of Children's Hospital. Century Club is the host organization of the Sanderson Farms Championship. The money is helping to fund construction of seven story, pediatric tower adjacent to Batson Children's Hospital.

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CoBank, Several Farm Credit Associations Donate $500,000 to Camp Fire Victims
January 10, 2019 - Multiple associations of the Farm Credit System, which has served the nation's agricultural and rural communities for more than 100 years, have come to the aid of a community in need. Together they have donated nearly $500,000 to help victims of the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, the deadliest fire in California's history.

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Neogen Names Lilly VP of International Business
January 9, 2019 - Neogen Corporation announced that it has promoted Dr. Jason Lilly to the newly created position of vice president of international business. Lilly joined Neogen in 2005 and has spent the past eight years as Neogen’s vice president of corporate development. In his new role, Lilly will be responsible for maximizing the revenues and profits for Neogen’s operations outside of the United States and Canada. Under Lilly’s leadership of the corporate development group Neogen completed 20 acquisitions — including many international operations that are now his responsibility.

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Perdue’s Lewiston, N.C., Operation Associates Achieve Safety Milestone
January 9, 2019 - Associates at Perdue’s harvest operation in Lewiston, North Carolina, achieved a safety milestone recently after working four million production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began Dec. 1, 2017.

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Cargill Plans $37 Million Investment in Cedar Rapids
January 8, 2019 - Cargill is proposing a multimillion upgrade to its soybean processing plant in Cedar Rapids. The company plans a $37.62 million expansion and facility modernization to what is called the Cedar Rapids east soybean facility at 410 C Ave. NE, in an industrial section north of downtown near Cedar Lake.

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Innovation Hub at Tyson Foods' Discovery Center
January 8, 2019 - It is a great time to be in the protein business. Meat consumption is at an all-time high. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicts Americans will eat a record amount of poultry and other types of meat this year – on average 222.2 lbs. per person. That will surpass the record previously set in 2004. And if there’s anyone who knows about protein’s popularity, it’s Niki Mann, associate director of R&D for Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc.

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Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch and Michigan Turkey Producers Get Training Grants
January 7, 2019 - Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch and Michigan Turkey Producers were among a group of 780 businesses to be awarded training grants from the State of Michigan. The grants were offered through the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan, from the Going PRO Talent Fund.

Herbruck’s, based in Saranac, the 11th largest egg company in the United States, was the recipient of a $214,800 training grant. The company in 2018 observed its 60th year in business. Michigan Turkey Producers, based in Grand Rapids, the 13th largest turkey company in the United States, was selected for a $113,699 grant.

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Hain Celestial Enhances Executive Leadership Team
January 7, 2019 - The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., 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™, announced the appointments of Chris Boever to the role of Chief customer officer and Robert Gulliver to chief human resources officer, both reporting directly to Mark Schiller, president and chief executive officer.

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Cal-Maine Foods Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
January 4, 2019 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported results for the second quarter (thirteen weeks) ended Dec. 1, 2018. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 were $356.0 million, a 1.4 percent decrease, compared to $361.2 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company reported net income of $21.8 million, or $0.45 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to a loss of $26.1 million, or $0.54 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Results for the second quarters of fiscal 2019 and 2018 include charges for certain legal settlements of $1.7 million and $52.8 million, after tax, respectively. Excluding these items, net income was $23.7 million, or $0.49 per basic and diluted share, and $26.6 million, or $0.55 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarters of fiscal 2019 and 2018, respectively.

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Cargill Completes Konspol Acquisition
January 4, 2019 - Cargill’s European poultry business has completed the acquisition of Poland’s Konspol, strengthening its value-added offering.

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Cargill Reports Fiscal 2019 Second-Quarter Results
January 3, 2019 - Cargill reported results for the fiscal 2019 second quarter and first half ended Nov. 30, 2018. Key measures include the following.

- Adjusted operating earnings were $853 million, down 10 percent from the $948 million earned in last year’s strong comparative period. This brought first-half earnings to $1.74 billion, a 5 percent decrease from the prior year. - Net earnings on a U.S. GAAP basis for the quarter were $741 million, a 20 percent decline from $924 million in the year-ago period. For the half, net earnings dipped 7 percent to $1.76 billion. - Second-quarter revenues decreased 4 percent to $28 billion, bringing the year-to-date figure to $56.7 billion.

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Neogen Acquires Canadian Animal Genomics Laboratory
January 2, 2019 - Neogen Corporation announced that it has acquired the assets of the Edmonton-based Delta Genomics Centre — a major animal genomics laboratory in Canada. With the acquisition, Delta's laboratory operations will be renamed Neogen Canada, and become Neogen's fifth animal genomics laboratory — joining locations in the U.S., Scotland, Brazil, and Australia. The acquisition is intended to help accelerate the growth of Neogen's animal genomics business throughout Canada.

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BAADER Celebrates 100 Years Anniversary with Brand Relaunch
January 2, 2019 - With the beginning of its centenary year, BAADER announces a major rebranding to reflect the company’s evolution into a modern digital full solution provider along the food value chain. The rebranding includes changing the name of BAADER’s poultry business from BAADER LINCO to BAADER.

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