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2017

Butterball, DHL Team Up to Donate to Midwest Food Bank
November 15, 2017 - With the spirit of giving in mind, Andretti Autosport partners Butterball and DHL have teamed up with 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and his team to give back to the Indianapolis community.

An annual tradition since 2014, Butterball, who accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s total turkey production, along with Andretti Autosport, the back-to-back Indianapolis 500 winning team, gathered Tuesday at Kroger’s newest downtown Indy location to hand-deliver over 700 Butterball whole turkeys and 1,000 boxes of stuffing to various missions served by the Midwest Food Bank.

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Aviagen Albertville Product Development Center wins Alabama PALS Business and Industry Governor’s Award
November 14, 2017 - During a Governor’s Award luncheon on Nov. 8, Aviagen® was presented with the Alabama People Against a Littered State (PALS) award for its Product Development Center in Albertville, Ala. Present at the luncheon and speaking on the natural beauty of her state and the extreme pride of its citizens was Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

This award in the category of Business and Industry marks the second PALS recognition for Aviagen in Albertville. The facility was granted the Marshall County PALS Business Pride award last year in October.

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Hain Celestial Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results
November 7, 2017 - The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN) ("Hain Celestial" or the "Company"), a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life™, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended Sept. 30.

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Pilgrim's Pride Reports Operating Income of $372 Million and GAAP EPS of $0.93 for the Third Quarter of 2017
November 7, 2017 - Third Quarter Highlights

•Consolidated numbers reflect Moy Park for the entire quarter, including historical data in accordance to U.S. GAAP.

•Net Sales of $2.79 billion (+37.4% versus same quarter last year of $2.03 billion, excluding Moy Park).

•Net Income of $232.7 million.

•Adjusted Operating Income margins of 16.6% in U.S., 13.4% in Mexico and 4.1% in Europe operations, respectively.

•Adjusted EBITDA of $463.6 million (or a 16.6% margin) and Adjusted EPS of $0.98.

•Excluding Moy Park: Net Sales was $2.28 billion, Adjusted Operating Income was $367.7 million, Adjusted EBITDA was $427.6 million (or an 18.8% margin).

•Acquisition of Moy Park positions us as the global leader in chicken and prepared foods, and aligns with our strategic priorities while providing a strong platform for future growth.

•GNP integration is progressing well; operations and profitability significantly improved with synergy captured ahead of expectations.

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Perdue Composting Venture Full Speed Ahead
November 3, 2017 - The idea is the same — recycling poultry litter for alternative uses — but the process used at Perdue AgriRecycle south of Seaford, Del., has changed dramatically in the last year. Perdue AgriBusiness has made a $12 million investment in a composting facility, AgriSoil, situated on an adjacent 26-acre field.

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Koch Foods Expanding Alabama Hatchery
October 26, 2017 - Koch Foods is expanding its hatchery in Crossville, Alabama. Construction work is now underway at the hatchery, and the first chicks from the expanded facility are expected in June 2018. The company has chosen to work with Pas Reform and NatureForm to supply the equipment for the hatchery.

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Aspiring Young Singers Wanted for the Foster Farms “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” Contest
October 26, 2017 - Calling all young singers! For the third consecutive year, the Foster Farms Bowl is hosting the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest to find talented local youth to perform the national anthem at the Foster Farms Bowl on December 27 at Levi’s Stadium in front of thousands of college football fans.

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Perdue Delivers $10,000 Grant and Truckload of Chicken to Support FeedMore’s Healthy Meals for Healthy Communities Initiative
October 20, 2017 - As part of its commitment to fight hunger in its communities, Perdue Farms funded freezer and refrigeration equipment for FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, helped stock it with a truckload of no-antibiotics-ever chicken and provided additional funding to purchase fresh produce. The donations support FeedMore’s Healthy Meals for Healthy Communities Initiative, benefitting families in need in Prince George, Hopewell and Petersburg.

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ADM Opens New Feed Premix Plant in Zhangzhou, China
October 16, 2017 - Archer Daniels Midland Company officially opened its new feed premix plant in Zhangzhou, South China with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the plant. Built with an annual production capacity of 30,000 metric tons of feed premixes and 80,000 metric tons of complete feed and concentrates, the Zhangzhou feed plant represents the fourth in ADM’s expanding animal nutrition network in China, which consists of production facilities in Dalian, Tianjin and Nanjing, as well as a new plant under construction in central China.

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House of Raeford Donates Supplies and $25,000 to Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico
October 16, 2017 - After the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last month, House of Raeford Farms has donated to the cause to rebuild the island and help people in need, as well as sent supplies for relief. In September, House of Raeford donated $25,000 to Samaritan’s Purse for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas, expanding FLOCK’s mission from helping in communities where House of Raeford operates, to helping those who need it most, both at home and in other parts of the country.

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Foster Farms Donates $100,000 to Redwood Empire Food Bank to Aid North Bay Fire Relief Efforts
October 16, 2017 - Family-owned California poultry producer Foster Farms donated $100,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) to help meet the critical needs of families displaced by the Northern California fires. REFB, based in Santa Rosa, serves communities that are among the most affected by the fires, with thousands of homes destroyed and tens of thousands of residents evacuated.

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Koch Foods Plans to Construct $40M Feed Mill in Alabama
October 12, 2017 - Park Ridge, IL-based poultry processor Koch Foods Inc. is investing in the construction of a new, $40.45 million feed mill in Roanoke, Ala., that will manufacture feeds and feed ingredients for the firm’s poultry plant in Pine Mountain, Ga., the Alabama Department of Commerce announced Wednesday.

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Seventy Years of Sanderson Farms
October 12, 2017 - "We always want to be the kind of company that remembers its heritage," said Joe Frank Sanderson, Jr., chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms. "My grandfather began the business with a focus on hard work, honesty and family. As Sanderson Farms continues to grow, these values will always be a large part of our story."

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Novus International U.S. Offices Join Forces to Raise More than $20,000 for Hurricane Relief
October 12, 2017 - In Missouri, hurricanes are not often a threat, but for Novus International, Inc. the proximity to the devastation did not matter. Part of their team was impacted, so the whole region came to help. The company raised more than $20,000 to help those affected by the storms in Texas.

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Maple Leaf Farms Donates Truckload of Poultry Products to Hurricane Relief
October 9, 2017 - Family-owned Maple Leaf Farms responded to the recent calls for help for hurricane victims by sending a truckload of fully cooked poultry products to flood-ravaged southeastern Texas.

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Our State Magazine Features House of Raeford Farms Chicken
October 9, 2017 - House of Raeford Farms chicken featured in a recipe video for Our State Magazine. Watch the video below to learn how to make blackened chicken kebobs with tzatziki sauce, using House of Raeford’s boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

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Perdue Agribusiness Achieves Safety Milestone
October 9, 2017 - Perdue AgriBusiness’s 862 associates achieved a safety milestone by working more than two million hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began in September 2016.

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Sanderson Farms Announces Management Team for New Tyler, Texas Production Division
October 6, 2017 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. has recently announced its top management team for the company’s new Tyler, Texas production division. This division of Sanderson Farms’ new poultry complex will be responsible for live production operations. The top management position was announced as Ashley Fontenot, who was promoted to division manager after working within the company’s live production side of the business for more than 11 years. Chris Batte has been named production manager. Stuart “Mike” Peoples has been named breeder-hatchery manager, and James “J.W.” Foster has been named broiler manager.

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The information in USPOULTRY's electronic newsletter is intended to inform our members of current events affecting the industry and is not necessarily representative of USPOULTRY's views on any partic
October 6, 2017 - Butterball has hired Chris Krumrey as vice president of plant product quality. In this role, Krumrey will provide strategic direction for company-wide product quality programs and set the standard for expectations on product specifications and quality. Krumrey will be responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to manufacturing processes and quality standards throughout the facilities, and challenging current practices to improve product quality and process consistency. He will also serve as the official liaison for government officials, outside auditors and customers.

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Cobb-Vantress Gift Supports Poultry Science Talent
October 6, 2017 - Science students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in poultry science will soon have a new resource to help fund their education. The Cobb-Vantress Fellowship Endowment was announced during the August annual meeting of the Poultry Science Association in Orlando, Fla. The $250,000 gift pledge is to be paid over three years and will support students interested in attending graduate school for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in poultry science.

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Evonik Brings Digitalization to the Farm
October 5, 2017 - The chicken farm of the future is fully digitalized. It uses intelligent sensors and integrated systems to generate optimal climate conditions. Animal health is continuously monitored: What does the clucking say about the mood in the barn? Is the flock’s body temperature at a normal level? Are the animals eating and drinking enough? Sensors and microphones provide information, while specialized software analyzes the collected data. In the event of questions and problems, a support system comprising self-learning artificial intelligence components can help. Consumers get access to data as well: A wealth of important information creates transparency about animal farming, breeding and slaughtering.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Increase in Quarterly Dividend and Declares Special Dividend
September 22, 2017 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 (thirty-two cents) per share, an increase of $0.08 (eight cents) per share per quarter. This represents a new annual dividend rate of $1.28 (one dollar and twenty-eight cents) per share, or an annual increase of $0.32 (thirty-two cents) per share. The Board has also declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 (one dollar) per share. Both the regular quarterly cash dividend and the special cash dividend are payable on Oct. 17, to stockholders of record on Oct. 3. Declaration of the regular quarterly cash dividend will remain subject to Board approval each quarter.

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Allen Harim Donates 40 Tons of Chicken to Florida for Hurricane Efforts
September 22, 2017 - Allen Harim sent 40 tons of chicken to Florida to help assist with relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. The first truckload of 40,000 pounds of chicken will be heading to Jacksonville, to Feeding Northeast Florida, a food bank that works with 160 service agencies in eight counties to feed more than 12 million people last year.

"On behalf of everyone at Allen Harim, our hearts and prayers are with all the people who have been impacted by the Hurricanes this year," said Joe Moran, president and CEO of Allen Harim. "We felt compelled to help out and sending some of our chicken to help feed those impacted is a small gesture that we hope makes a difference for some."

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Cobb Introduces MV Male to Chinese Market
September 22, 2017 - The advantages of the new Cobb MV male were outlined to more than 200 delegates at seminars for the Chinese market held in Kaifeng, Henan Province, and Haicheng, Liaoning Province. “We are excited to see the improvement in the broilers from the MV males,” said Chanchai Chaikittiporn, Cobb technical service manager for China, sharing broiler data analysis with the audience. “From the field data we’ve collected, we are seeing superior livability and feed conversion, and ultimately a better European Production Efficiency Factor.”

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DSM to Acquire Twilmij B.V. to Strengthen Position in Animal Nutrition & Health
September 22, 2017 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, announces the acquisition of Twilmij B.V. (“Twilmij”), a well-established Dutch nutritional solutions company in the animal feed sector. DSM’s strategy in Animal Nutrition & Health is to offer tailor-made solutions to its customers leveraging its product portfolio and innovation capabilities. With the acquisition of Twilmij, it will further strengthen its foothold in the Northwest-European markets. The geographic location in the middle of the Netherlands and close to the German border brings DSM closer to its customers and allows it to further improve its service levels.

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Foster Farms Welcomes High School Football Teams to the Big Leagues This Weekend
September 22, 2017 - As part of its ongoing support of California youth programs, Foster Farms will cheer on select high school football teams as the presenting sponsor of Levi's® Stadium High School Football Series this Saturday, Sept. 23. This event gives high school athletes the opportunity to compete in Levi's Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers and host field to Super Bowl 50.

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Cargill to Build State-of-the-Art Biodiesel Plant in Wichita
September 22, 2017 - Cargill has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art $90 million biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kan. Set to open January 2019, it will produce 60 million gallons of biodiesel annually.

“This new facility will enable Wichita to be a competitive supplier in the biofuels market, bringing value to the suppliers and customers we work with, and connecting farmers with industrial customers by supplying quality biomass-based diesel,” said Pat Woerner, biodiesel commercial leader for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain business. “Biofuels are good for the U.S. farm economy and can bring capital investment to agriculture while boosting economic development in farm communities.”

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Perdue Commits up to One Million Pounds of Products to Support Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts in Florida
September 18, 2017 - For the second time this hurricane season, Perdue is committing up to one million pounds of product donations to support relief efforts, this time in Florida in the wake of devastating Hurricane Irma. Perdue is working with Feeding America® to earmark food relief to local member food bank partners in Florida. Perdue will have the first of its relief trucks rolling into Florida this week. Perdue recently donated one million pounds of products to support Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas.

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Announces Release Date for First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results
September 18, 2017 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. announced that the Company will release its first quarter fiscal 2018 financial results on Monday, Oct. 2. A press release will be issued prior to the open of market trading.

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Hickman’s Cage-Free, Eco-Friendly Changes Egged on by Changing Consumer Preferences
September 18, 2017 - More than 300,000 white chickens perch on shelves and wander around the floor of a massive Hickman’s Family Farms barn west of Phoenix.

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Case Farms Commitment to Animal Welfare
September 18, 2017 - Case Farms, alongside our contract growers, share a committed responsibility to ensure the well-being and human handling of all animals in our care. As a leading-poultry producer, we appreciate our consumers concerns and want to ensure the public that Case Farms does not use “nose bones” or nasal implants in any of our facilities.

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ADM Announces Personalized Nutrition Collaboration with Mayo Clinic
September 15, 2017 - Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic in personalized nutrition. The company will work with Mayo’s Microbiome Program, led by Dr. Heidi Nelson, to investigate microbial solutions to improve health and wellness, initially focusing on the maintenance of healthy body weight.

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Aviagen Strengthens Management Team with New Vice President of Finance
September 15, 2017 - Aviagen® has welcomed Sallie Starks as its new vice president of finance. Starks is an accomplished financial and strategic leader with a proven track record of strengthening the financial sustainability and effectiveness of businesses. Reporting directly to Kevin McDaniel, president of Aviagen North America, Starks is based at the corporate headquarters in Huntsville, Ala.

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Cargill Expands Animal Nutrition Business in Thailand
September 15, 2017 - Cargill’s animal feed and nutrition business is expanding its capabilities in Thailand by acquiring a feed mill in Prachinburi province in Thailand. This feed mill, established in 1996 through a joint venture between Sri Thai Foods and Beverages Co. Ltd. and Thai-Denmark Swine Breeding Co. Ltd., produces poultry and swine feed. Through the acquisition, the plant will now produce poultry and swine feed for Cargill’s customers based in Thailand.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year
September 13, 2017 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced its financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30. Highlights for the June 2017 quarter (compared to the June 2016 quarter): - Net sales of $195 million, an increase of $6 million, or three percent - Net income of $15 million, an increase of one percent - Diluted EPS of $0.38, equal to the prior year - Adjusted EBITDA of $29 million, an increase of $1 million, or four percent - Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.39, an increase of $0.07, or 22 percent

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Pilgrim’s Acquires Moy Park for $1.3 Billion
September 13, 2017 - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation announced that it has acquired Moy Park, a leading poultry and prepared foods supplier with operations in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, from JBS S.A., in a transaction valuing the equity interest of Moy Park at approximately $1.0 billion (or approximately £790 million based on a 1.31 exchange rate as of Sept. 8), implying an enterprise value of approximately $1.3 billion (or approximately £1.0 billion). The transaction was unanimously approved by a Special Committee of the Pilgrim's Board of Directors. Comprised entirely of independent equity directors elected to the Board by a vote controlled by the shareholders unaffiliated with JBS S.A., the Special Committee was delegated the full authority of the Pilgrim's Boards of Directors with respect to the transaction.

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Tyson Foods Plans for Continued Financial Fitness
September 8, 2017 - Outlining the strategy to topping one record year after another, executives with Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. recounted the factors that have led to its success through 2017 and reasons for optimism looking to 2018 and beyond. During a Sept. 6 presentation to analysts at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference, Tom Hayes, Tyson’s president and CEO, spelled out the company’s three-pronged approach moving forward, including: growing the business; delivering results; and sustaining the Tyson enterprise.

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Cargill Sends Money, Food to Nourish the People and Animals Affected by Hurricane Harvey
September 8, 2017 - Cargill has partnered with the Red Cross and Feeding America to provide financial contributions and donations of food and animal feed to help nourish the Texas region stricken by Hurricane Harvey.

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Hormel Foods Surpasses Water Reduction Goal and Has Record Year of Giving Shares Food Journey in 11th Annual Corporate Responsibility Report
September 8, 2017 - The report is available online and includes information related to the company’s corporate responsibility performance in fiscal 2016. “At Hormel Foods, we are inspired to do our part to make the world a better place. We continue to produce food responsibly for customers and consumers around the world through our five focus areas: the environment, animal welfare, our products, people and communities,” said Jim Snee, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods. “I’m extremely proud of our progress and that we continue to be recognized as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens.”

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DowDuPont™ Merger Successfully Completed
September 5, 2017 - DowDuPont™ announced the successful completion of the merger of equals between The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (“DuPont”), effective Aug. 31. The combined entity is operating as a holding company under the name “DowDuPont™” with three divisions – Agriculture, Materials Science and Specialty Products.

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New TV Commercials Introduce Fourth Generation of Perdue Family Advertising Spokespersons
September 5, 2017 - The PERDUE® brand continues to make advertising history by introducing a fourth-generation of family advertising spokespersons in what are also the first national TV ads to promote USDA certified organic chicken. Chris and Ryan Perdue, part of the fourth generation of Perdues working in the family business, join their father, chairman and long-time advertising spokesperson Jim Perdue, in two new commercials featuring PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® organic chicken. The new posts launched nationally September 5.

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Hope After Harvey: Alltech Launches Relief Efforts for Texas Farmers and Ranchers
September 5, 2017 - The Lone Star State should not stand alone in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s deluge. The historic hurricane’s damage could be devastating to Texas farmers and ranchers, who lead the U.S. in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep and goat production, contributing more than $20 billion annually to the economy. There are countless reports of thousands of head of cattle in America’s “cattle country” that could not be rescued before Harvey hit.

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Perdue Donates $10,000 to Help Fund Museum Aviation Foundation Outdoor Environmental Classroom in Georgia
September 5, 2017 - Perdue Farms, through a grant funded by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is helping fund The Museum of Aviation Foundation’s new outdoor environmental classroom project in Warner Robins, Ga. The self-sustainable, hands-on outdoor classroom for children in second through eighth grades will feature solar panels, a wind turbine, greenhouse, herb garden, water filtration system, and a weather wall.

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Mountaire Wants to Add Line to Poultry Plant
September 5, 2017 - Mountaire Farms is planning an expansion at its poultry plant in Millsboro, Delaware, that would add another line and increase production by about 18 percent. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) held a hearing on Aug. 31 concerning issuing the company a Coastal Zone Act permit for its planned expansion.

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Perdue Commits One Million Pounds of Protein to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts in Texas
September 1, 2017 - Perdue has committed a minimum of one million pounds of protein to support relief efforts in Houston and surrounding communities in southeastern Texas following historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Donated protein will be directed to local Feeding America-affiliated food banks and the Houston Independent School District.

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JBS Commits to Cage-Free Eggs in Brazil
September 1, 2017 - JBS SA announced that by 2020, the company will no longer use eggs sourced from confined chickens in the company’s products manufactured in Brazil. The company said in its sustainability commitments, which are posted on its website, that starting this year, JBS “…assumed the commitment to buy commercial eggs, which are used as ingredients in its products, only from chickens raised free of cages.”

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Neogen Acquires Australian Animal Genomics Laboratory
September 1, 2017 - Neogen Corporation announced that it has acquired the assets of The University of Queensland Animal Genetics Laboratory (AGL) — the leading animal genomics laboratory in Australia. The acquisition of AGL is intended to help accelerate the growth of Neogen’s animal genomics business in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania. With the acquisition, AGL will be renamed GeneSeek Australasia, and become Neogen’s fourth animal genomics laboratory — joining locations in the U.S., Scotland and Brazil.

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First Chicks Hatched at New Bell & Evans Hatchery
August 31, 2017 - The chicks, which hatched intermittently throughout Aug. 25-27, had immediate access to water, certified organic food, light and fresh air, a unique advantage of being born at Bell & Evans’ hatchery.

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Rose Acre Farms: Arizona County Great Fit for Egg Farm
August 31, 2017 - Western Arizona, and La Paz County in particular, were an ideal fit for a Rose Acre Farms’ egg farm, because the area understands the needs of the company, a Rose Acre Farms spokesman said. Chips Everhart, site selector for Rose Acre Farms, spoke recently at the Western Arizona Roundtable, hosted by the Arizona Association for Economic Development.

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Jennie-O Names Faust Vice President of Operations
August 29, 2017 - Melanie Faust has been promoted to vice president of operations for Jennie-O Turkey Store. With the promotion, Faust has oversight for operations at all seven of the company’s turkey processing plants. She will be located at the Jennie-O Turkey Store headquarters in Willmar, Minn.

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JBS USA Appoints Independent Advisory Board of Government, Regulatory & Business Experts
August 29, 2017 - JBS USA, a leading global protein producer and branded food company with production facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, announced the formation of an independent Advisory Board to support the company’s executive leadership on matters related to corporate governance, government and regulatory affairs, commodity risk management and marketing.

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Land O’Lakes, Inc. Expands Global Internship Program to Attract College Students to Ag Industry
August 29, 2017 - Land O’Lakes, Inc. is accepting applications for the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders eligible universities for Food Security™ fellowship. In its fourth year, the program expanded to 11 across the United States to draw a broad mix of skills and perspectives to agriculture. Students entering their sophomore year for the 2017-18 academic year are eligible to apply. The deadline is Oct. 30.

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Folio: Names WATT Global Media President/CEO to List of Top 100 Media Innovators
August 29, 2017 - The annual Folio: 100 for 2017 has been released and WATT Global Media’s President and CEO, Greg Watt, has been tapped as one of this year’s honorees. The Folio: 100 list represents the most innovative minds that are making an impact in today’s magazine publishing industry. Honorees represent a broad spectrum of business sectors and Watt is the only list member representing agribusiness media. All list members are to be honored at the Folio: 100 Awards reception during The Folio: Show in New York City this October.

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Foster Farms Announces $30M Poultry Plant Expansion
August 24, 2017 - Foster Farms president and chief executive officer Laura Flanagan, along with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, announced Aug. 23, a $30 million capital investment for an expansion and upgrade of the company's poultry processing facilities in Farmerville, La. The investment will extensively modernize and upgrade the facility's cutup and deboning departments.

Farbest Foods Plans $21 Million Turkey Plant Upgrade
August 24, 2017 - Farbest Foods is investing $21.7 million to modernize its turkey plant in Huntingburg, Ind. A key part of the upgrade will be to a switch to controlled atmosphere stunning, a change Farbest Foods President Ted Seger told the Dubois County Commission was needed in order for the company to remain competitive with the rest of the United States turkey industry.

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Costco Teams up with Marel Poultry
August 24, 2017 - Over the last three years, the Marel Poultry Team has been working hard, together with representatives from Costco Wholesale and their newly formed poultry processing company, Lincoln Premium Poultry, on a state-of-the-art greenfield plant in Fremont, Neb.

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Men's Health Names Eggland's Best among "Top Muscle Foods" in 2017 Men's Health Protein Awards
August 21, 2017 - After reviewing a number of products, Men's Health has named Eggland's Best Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs one of twenty-four "Top Muscle Foods" in the 2017 Men's Health Protein Awards. The Men's Health Protein Awards list includes dietitian approved healthy meals and snacks that will help achieve the ideal 30-grams of protein per meal goal to help build muscle mass and flatten the gut.

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Sealed Air Acquired Brazilian Food Packaging Business
August 21, 2017 - Sealed Air Corporation announced the acquisition of Deltaplam Embalagens Indústria e Comércio Ltda (Deltaplam), a family owned and operated Brazilian flexible packaging manufacturer. Helping food customers primarily in Brazil, the company utilizes top extrusion technology to create recyclable, high barrier shrinkable bags, multilayer films, laminates and pouches.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Honored Among Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces
August 16, 2017 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. was recently named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces for 2017. The company was acknowledged at a luncheon for award recipients held at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Miss.

“At Sanderson Farms, we are committed to supporting our employees and the communities in which they live,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and chairman of the board for Sanderson Farms. “We are proud that our strong workplace wellness program truly makes a difference in the health and well-being of our employees.”

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George’s Inc. Names New Transportation VP
August 15, 2017 - George's Inc. of Springdale announced that Bryan McDuffie has joined the company as vice president of transportation. McDuffie come to the private poultry firm from publicly traded Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, where he was vice president of transportation for the poultry and prepared and fresh meats divisions. At George's, he will oversee all areas of transportation and warehousing. George's is one of the nation's largest privately held poultry companies.

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House of Raeford’s FLOCK Supports Children with Disabilities through MedCamps Partnership
August 11, 2017 - Once a month in June, July, and August, House of Raeford’s FLOCK sponsors various themed dinners at MedCamps of Louisiana, which is an organization that provides week-long overnight and day camps for children with disabilities similar to their own. From Italian nights to fish fries, House of Raeford employees raise a spatula and volunteer both their time and cooking skills to bring smiles to the campers’ faces. But no matter the dinner, the meal always concludes with a cherry on top and a camp favorite: “Sundaes on Mondays.”

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Strong Third Quarter Positions Tyson Foods for Record Year
August 8, 2017 - “Our team delivered solid results in our third quarter with three of four segments on a GAAP basis and all four segments on an adjusted basis achieving operating margins in or above their normalized ranges. Our total net sales grew 4.8 percent compared to third quarter of 2016, and every segment delivered volume growth behind a strong start to grilling season and new product innovation,” said Tom Hayes, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods.

“The Beef and Pork segments were very strong performers in the third quarter, and continued generating cash to fuel investments in our value-added Chicken and Prepared Foods businesses. Volume growth in our Core 9 retail and Focus 5 foodservice businesses again outpaced the industry as we built momentum with customers by satisfying consumer appetites for value-added protein and fresh foods.”

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Cargill Enters into Purchase Agreement to Acquire Southern States Cooperative, Inc.’s Animal Feed Business
August 4, 2017 - Cargill has reached an agreement to acquire the animal feed business of Richmond, Va.,-based Southern States Cooperative, Inc., a move that will help the company better serve its customers in the eastern United States. The transaction is expected to close within 90 days, subject to customary approvals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This acquisition is an important part of Cargill Feed and Nutrition’s growth strategy and its commitment to the U.S. animal feed industry, strengthening its distribution, and go-to-market capabilities in the important Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S.

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DuPont Reports Second-Quarter and First-Half Results
August 2, 2017 - DuPont announced second-quarter 2017 GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $0.97 per share and operating earnings2 of $1.38 per share. Prior year GAAP and operating earnings were $1.16 per share and $1.24 per share, respectively. Refer to Schedule B for details of significant items excluded from operating earnings per share.

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Simmons Foods Set to Hire up to 78 at Arkansas Plant
August 2, 2017 - The $30 million that Simmons Foods Inc. has invested in a new factory in Siloam Springs is consistent with the company's recent moves to maintain its position in the pet and animal feed production market.

Simmons Feed Ingredients, an affiliate of Simmons Foods, held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday for the 72,000-square-foot facility that will bring 78 new jobs. Of those positions, 44 are hired and working at the plant, said Donny Epp, spokesman for Simmons Foods. The facility will produce fresh and frozen meat ingredients for pet food manufacturers.

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Hy-Line International Ties up with Srinivasa Hatcheries to Tap Layer Poultry Business
July 31, 2017 - Hy-Line International, a US-based player in the poultry layer genetics firm, has signed an agreement with Srinivasa Hatcheries to tap the layer poultry business in India. Though Hy-Line is operational in the country for some years, it could not make good progress for lack of strength in distribution. The two firms would form a joint venture for the transfer of layer genetics, in which Hy-Line would have a majority stake. While Hy-Line would take care of genetics, Srinivasa Hatcheries would focus on selling the chicks to poultry farms across the country.

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Novus Takes Steps to Advance Sustainable Animal Agriculture Initiatives
July 26, 2017 - Novus International, Inc. released its annual sustainability report, highlighting improvements made toward its sustainable business goals during the last year. The report marks 2016 as a year where several large projects were launched, goals to reduce emissions were achieved and manufacturing processes were streamlined.

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OK Foods Names Randy Meyers Chief Operating Officer
July 26, 2017 - OK Foods has promoted Randy Meyers to chief operating officer. The position of chief operating officer is newly-created, as the company has made two acquisitions in the past 18 months, one in Oklahoma and the most recent in Alabama. Meyers, as the previous senior vice president of sales and marketing for OK Foods, brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the new role.

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Cal-Maine Foods Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2017 Results
July 24, 2017 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported results for the fourth quarter and 53 weeks ended June 3. Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 were $274.6 million, a 9.4 percent decrease, compared with $303.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. The Company reported a net loss of $24.5 million, or $0.51 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with net loss of $376,000, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. These results include a payment of $5.5 million included in other income for the final BP settlement from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was a 14-week period compared with 13 weeks for the same period in fiscal 2016.

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Wayne Farms Wins North Carolina Safety Award
July 24, 2017 - Wayne Farms focus on safety has paid off in a big way for the company’s live production division in Dobson, N.C., yielding a DART rate below 50 percent of the industry average and garnering congratulations from the North Carolina Department of Labor, the department overseeing workplace safety in the state.

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ADM Planning Layoffs
July 21, 2017 - Archer Daniels Midland Co. is laying off an unspecified number of workers, the company confirmed. The Chicago-based global agribusiness giant, which has its North American headquarters and more than 4,000 employees in Decatur, said affected workers were being notified of “reductions of certain positions.”

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Perdue Farms Announces Animal Care Improvements and Commits to Future Advancements
July 17, 2017 - Perdue Farms announced animal care improvements that have elevated the welfare of its chickens and promised to meet growing customer and consumer demand for poultry raised to higher welfare standards. The details are outlined in the release of the company’s first annual report on progress since its comprehensive 2016 commitment to accelerate its advancements in animal care.

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$300,000 Grants Paves Way for Mar-Jac Poultry Expansion in Northwest Alabama
July 13, 2017 - A $300,000 grant will help Mar-Jac Poultry expand in a big way in Franklin County. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the Community Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The infrastructure funds will assist Mar-Jac's efforts to create a $35 million feed mill that will employ 30 people in Spruce Pine, a small, unincorporated community off U.S. 43 near Phil Campbell.

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Sanderson Farms Awarded Three Public Relations Awards
July 13, 2017 - Sanderson Farms’ Corporate Communication Department recently won three awards, including a Judge’s Choice award, during the Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s Prism Awards competition held in Hattiesburg, Miss. Since the department’s launch in 2015, Sanderson Farms has expanded corporate and employee communication efforts for its more than 14,000 employees, garnering the poultry producer numerous public relations and advertising accolades including a Silver Award from the American Advertising Federation of Jackson, Miss. The nation’s third largest poultry producer received PRAM’s Judge’s Choice award and a PRism Award for the publication of the Sanderson Farms Corporate Responsibility Report, an annual report detailing the company’s corporate responsibility efforts and annual sustainability progress. In addition, Sanderson Farms won a second PRism Award for the company’s publication of the Sanderson Farms Newsletter, a monthly magazine reaching more than 600,000 annual readers across 42 different states.

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Delacon and Cargill Announce Strategic Equity Investment
July 7, 2017 - Delacon, a pioneer and global leader in phytogenic feed additives, and Cargill have agreed to a strategic partnership that will advance the market presence of natural, plant-based feed additives on a global scale, and meet changing consumer preferences of what animals are fed and how food is produced.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation and Zydus Cadila Announce Their Intention to License Phibro's Poultry Vaccine Technologies
July 5, 2017 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation and Zydus Cadila announced their intention to enter into a long-term arrangement to license Phibro's innovative poultry vaccine technologies and know-how to a new vaccine manufacturing facility to be built by Zydus Cadila to serve the fast growing poultry market in India.

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House of Raeford Poultry Plant Plans Rebuild Post Fire
July 3, 2017 - A Duplin County poultry plant plans to rebuild following a fire that happened four months ago. Back in February, the House of Raeford poultry plant in Teachey caught on fire, destroying the building. The company announced that a contractor to manage the rebuilding process had been selected.

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Hendrix Genetics Announces New Commercial Hatchery in Beresford, S.D.
June 30, 2017 - Hendrix Genetics is pleased to announce another step in its commitment to the US turkey industry: to directly distribute quality Hybrid commercial poults to growers. The investment plan includes new hatcheries, egg production facilities, a modern transportation fleet, and the skilled workforce needed to support these areas of operations. This follows previous investments in grandparent facilities in Kansas and Nebraska.

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Mountaire’s Millsboro Facility Expansion Increases Poultry Production, Jobs
June 29, 2017 - “Help wanted” is an immediate need at Mountaire’s poultry processing facility in Millsboro, Del. Proposed expansion of Rt. 24 facility is projected to create an additional 140 jobs and increase processing production to approximately 35 chickens per minute – or about two million chickens per week.

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Perdue Farms Awards $75,000 in Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Scholarships to Children of Perdue Associates and Farm Partners
June 28, 2017 - Perdue Farms, through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has awarded $75,000 in scholarships to 15 children of Perdue associates and independent contract farmers. The Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, awarded each student a $5,000 scholarship. The Foundation was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. The Foundation has awarded scholarships to children of its associates and independent farm family partners every year since 1983.

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Sanderson Farms to Host Investor Conference
June 23, 2017 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. has today announced that management will host an investor conference to be held October 12-13, 2017, at The Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Langrock is New Hain Celestial Chief Financial Officer
June 22, 2017 - Hain Celestial Group has appointed James M. Langrock as the executive vide president and chief financial officer, effective June 23. Hain Celestial is the parent company of poultry company Hain Pure Protein and a stakeholder in Empire Kosher Poultry.

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Tyson Convenience Releases Insights From National Survey To Help Retailers Attract Customers
June 22, 2017 - With 29 percent of consumers saying they will drive more in June as compared to the previous month (2017 NACS Consumer Fuels), and U.S. gas prices at the lowest level for the summertime since 2005, convenience stores are ready to welcome a wave of consumers traveling near and far. In support of the summer season, Tyson Convenience today released results from a national consumer survey conducted with 1,000 U.S. adults aged 18+ to help retailers understand which prepared foods customers prefer for making their trip more enjoyable, regardless of the distance.

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JBS SA to appeal ruling that blocks sale of assets to Minerva
June 22, 2017 - JBS SA plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that blocked the company’s sale of its South American beef operations.

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Aviagen Revolutionizes Genomics Testing for Both Chicken and Turkey Breeds with State-of-the Art Laboratory
June 21, 2017 - Aviagen® is pleased to announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art Genomics laboratory. Based in Scotland, the new laboratory is equipped to process well over a million DNA samples and genotypes yearly for both chicken and turkey lines. This volume represents an unprecedented scale in Genomics throughput, not only in poultry but also across livestock species.

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Hormel Foods Highlights Long-Term Growth Plans and Reaffirms Guidance at Its 2017 Investor Day at the New York Stock Exchange
June 19, 2017 - During the Hormel Foods 2017 Investor Day at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, Jim Snee, president and chief executive officer, and Jim Sheehan, senior vice president and chief financial officer and nine other senior managers provided insights on the company’s strategies for driving sales and earnings growth into the future. Snee also detailed plans for delivering on the company’s stated long-term growth goals.

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Dow and DuPont Receive Antitrust Clearance from U.S. Department of Justice for Proposed Merger of Equals
June 19, 2017 - DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced that they have reached a proposed agreement with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) that will permit the companies to proceed with their proposed merger of equals.

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Harim and Marel Poultry Go Sky-High
June 19, 2017 - Marel Poultry has been chosen to equip one of the world's largest poultry processing plants. The Harim company in South Korea will install four new Marel Poultry processing lines, spread over five different floors in the fully modernized Iksan plant.

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Innovations in cage-free layer housing unveiled at Indiana event New facility constructed for Rose Acre Farms
June 19, 2017 - Summit Livestock Facilities recently hosted media and guests at a Rose Acre Farms cage-free facility under construction in Pulaski County, Ind. Opening the event, Summit Livestock unveiled a new video explaining some of the many innovations that are changing how cage-free layer houses can be built. Leaders from both companies addressed questions from media and industry leaders in an interactive conversation about Wrap-the-Equipment, Summit Livestock's construction design.

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ADM Enters Specialty Feed Ingredient Collaboration with Anco
June 16, 2017 - Archer Daniels Midlands Company announced that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Austria-based Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH to provide Anco’s line of specialty feed ingredients to ADM Animal Nutrition customers.

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Three Expansion Projects for Cooper Farms
June 16, 2017 - Cooper Farms has been busy with expansion projects, with the completion of a cooked meats plant expansion, a new vehicle maintenance and repair shop, and a truck disinfecting station. Cooper Farms, a family owned business since 1938, is involved in the production of pigs, turkeys and eggs.

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Aviagen Launches How-To Series for Broilers
June 16, 2017 - Aviagen® has added a new How-To series for broilers to its existing literature library. The Broiler How-Tos are now available on the Aviagen website.

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Frost, PLLC Expands Further into Private Wealth Services; Names David K. Walser, CPA/PFS as Director of Private Wealth Services
June 16, 2017 - Frost, PLLC, a full-service certified public accounting firm, announced major plans to expand their offerings for private wealth services by naming David K. Walser, CPA/PFS as Director of Private Wealth Services. David brings to the firm over two decades of experience helping ultra-high net worth individuals and families meet their financial objectives. David will be based out of Frost’s Phoenix, Arizona office.

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Zinpro Corporation Announces Executive Leadership Changes
June 14, 2017 - Zinpro Corporation announces that its owner, Michael D. Anderson, has promoted William Scrimgeour to be the company’s next president and CEO. The transfer in CEO responsibilities to Scrimgeour will allow Anderson to concentrate more time and energy on his role as chairman of the board of directors. Anderson has held his positions as CEO and board of directors chairman for Zinpro Corporation since May, 1992.

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Chris Dyer to Lead Cobb Sales in the United States
June 14, 2017 - With more than 30 years’ experience in the poultry industry, Chris Dyer has joined the Cobb-Vantress, Inc. North American Sales team as director of U.S. sales.

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Elanco Releases First-Ever Corporate Social Responsibility Impact Report
June 12, 2017 - Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, has released its inaugural global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Impact Report demonstrating its commitment to impact food security and the support of the human-animal bond.

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Turkey Vision Gathers Industry Leaders in Toronto
June 12, 2017 - Turkey Vision Toronto took place on May 16-18, gathering together leaders from North and South America to focus on the future of the turkey industry. The intention behind the conference this year was to invite a small group of key decision makers to engage on the topics that shape their strategic planning.

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House of Raeford Hosts Second Annual Jeremiah Castille Character Football Camp This June
June 12, 2017 - For the second year in Wallace, N.C., House of Raeford Farms FLOCK is hosting the Jeremiah Castille Character Football Camp on June 16-17, at Wallace-Rose Hill High School. More than 600 youth athletes from eastern North Carolina are set to attend. Under the leadership of pro football greats and all-star collegians, each student athlete will have an opportunity to learn not just about football strength and agility skills, but also character-building for life both on and off the field.

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'Energetic Participation' at Cobb World Technical School
June 12, 2017 - Eight outside visits, hands-on training sessions and 30 speakers featured in the Cobb World Technical School for 50 participants from 24 countries. The two-week event based at the Cobb global headquarters at Siloam Springs, Ark., provided the opportunity to learn about the latest developments of chicken breeding from grandparent stock production to processing optimization along with current aspects of animal welfare, research, health and nutrition.

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Case Farms Celebrates Safety Milestone with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
June 8, 2017 - On May 5, Case Farms Goldsboro achieved a safety milestone after working one million hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost time accident. The facility reached one million hours in 2015 and two--million hours in 2013.

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Cantrell Expands Research & Development Department
June 8, 2017 - Cantrell, a poultry processing equipment, parts and service company, has expanded its Research & Development Department. Research & Development has moved into a 3,800 square foot space at the company’s headquarters.

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Alltech Ireland Named “Agricultural Laboratory of the Year”
June 8, 2017 - Alltech Ireland has long been a leader in both the Irish and European agriculture industry. Located in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, it became the first Alltech office to be established in mainland Europe in 1981 and serves today as Alltech’s European headquarters and Bioscience Centre. Last week its research team celebrated being awarded the Agricultural Laboratory of the Year by the Irish Laboratory Awards, the benchmark for those demonstrating excellence, best practice and innovation within Ireland’s lab industry.

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Aviagen and Zarbal Celebrate 25 Years of Ross Growth in Iran
June 5, 2017 - A record number of over 400 delegates gathered in Tehran recently to reflect on 25 years of cooperation between Aviagen® and its Ross® distributor for Iran, Zarbal GP Company.

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Perdue Farms Supports United Way of Cecil County in Maryland
June 5, 2017 - As part of its commitment to the community, Perdue Farms recently presented the United Way of Cecil County in Maryland with a check for $5,000. Perdue Farms and its associates have contributed more than $7.5 million to United Way chapters in the communities in which its conducts business through a nearly 30-year partnership with United Way.

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Tyson Foods Recommends Shareholders Reject the Below-Market Mini-Tender Offer by TRC Capital Corporation
June 2, 2017 - Tyson Foods, Inc. announced that it has received notice of an unsolicited mini-tender offer by TRC Capital Corporation to purchase up to 2 million shares of Tyson Foods, Inc. Class A common stock, which represents approximately 0.69 percent of the shares outstanding as of the May 29, offer date. TRC Capital’s offer price of $55.75 per share is approximately 4.44 percent lower than the $58.34 closing share price of Tyson Foods Class A common stock on May 26, – the last trading day prior to the date of the offer.

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Cargill Expands Global Protein Business into Columbia with Acquisition of Pollos El Bucanero
June 2, 2017 - Cargill has acquired Colombian-based Pollos El Bucanero S.A. (Bucanero Chicken), one of Colombia’s leading producers of chicken and processed meats products.

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Perdue Opens New Corporate Training Center in Downtown Salisbury
May 31, 2017 - It’s been 10 months since Perdue Farms announced it planned to move its corporate training center to downtown Salisbury, and Tuesday the poultry company opened the modern, remodeled space with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

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Foster Farms Expands Organic Turkey to Target Stores
May 30, 2017 - Officials with Foster Farms announced the expansion of its organic line of ground turkey to Target Corp. stores located on the West Coast. After rolling out the Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey retail products in 2015, demand for it grew steadily, according to the company. On May 30 Foster Farms announced the organic line was available at more than 225 locations in the Western United States.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2017
May 25, 2017 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. today reported results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended April 30, 2017. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were $802.0 million compared with $692.1 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, net income was $66.9 million, or $2.94 per share, compared with net income of $47.6 million, or $2.11 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

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Hormel Foods Announces Second Quarter Results And Continued Margin Expansion
May 25, 2017 - Hormel Foods Corporation today reported results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. All comparisons are to the second quarter of fiscal year 2016. Results reflect the divestiture of the Diamond Crystal Brands business, the divestiture of the Farmer John business, and the acquisition of Justin’s, LLC. The impact of these transactions is excluded in the presentation of the non-GAAP adjusted measures below.

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Tyson Foods Teams with World Resources Institute on Industry Leading Environmental Goals for its Supply Chain
May 22, 2017 - As part of its deeper commitment to sustainable food production, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) today announced a collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI) to develop industry leading, science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) and outcome-based water conservation targets for its operations and the company’s supply chain.

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Allen Harim Hires New Sales Team for NAE Chicken
May 17, 2017 - Allen Harim, a leading producer of No Antibiotic Ever chicken on Delmarva, has promoted Harry Tillman to Director of Sales and Marketing and he's assembled an experienced team of sales professionals to grow the company's footprint across all sectors.

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Swiss Poultry Processor Upgrades Plant with Marel Poultry
May 16, 2017 - In response to favorable market conditions in Switzerland, poultry processor Bell has upgraded its plant in Zell to 10,500 bph.

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ADM Reports Significant Progress in 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report
May 11, 2017 - Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today issued its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report, which details significant progress in areas ranging from energy and water efficiency to the traceability of the company’s palm and soy supply chains.

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Tyson Foods to Acquire AdvancePierre Foods for 40 25 Per Share in Cash
April 25, 2017 - Tyson Foods, Inc. and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. (“AdvancePierre”) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which a subsidiary of Tyson will launch a tender offer to acquire all of AdvancePierre’s outstanding common shares for $40.25 per share in cash. This strategically compelling transaction provides a unique opportunity to create value by joining highly complementary market-leading portfolios.

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Sanderson Farms to Participate in Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum
April 25, 2017 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. has announced that management will participate in the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum to be held Tuesday, May 9, at the Goldman Sachs Conference Center in New York City.

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Butterball Continues to Earn AHC Program Recognition
April 25, 2017 - Butterball Foodservice, an iconic turkey brand, continues to set high standards for animal care and well-being. More than two-thirds of foodservice operators agree that it is important to treat turkey humanely, and Butterball was the first turkey supplier to become American Humane Certified (AHC). Now approaching its third year being verified by the program, Butterball remains the only turkey manufacturer to earn this certification.

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Mid-Atlantic Replenishment Center associates Deliver $1,379 to United Way of Hopewell-Prince George in Virginia
April 25, 2017 - Associates from Perdue Farms’ Mid-Atlantic Replenishment Center in Prince George, Va., recently presented a check for $1,379.95 to the United Way of Hopewell-Prince George. The contribution included $1,254.50 in associate contributions and a $125.45 grant provided by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. Perdue employs 515 associates in Prince George.

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Hormel Foods in Top 10 on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List
April 24, 2017 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced that it was ranked No. 8 on the 18th annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. This is the ninth consecutive year the company has been on the list and the first time the company has been in the top 10.

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Tyson Foods Names Justin Whitmore as First Chief Sustainability Officer
April 20, 2017 - Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the appointment of Justin Whitmore to the newly-created role of chief sustainability officer. This follows Tyson’s recent introduction of a new purpose and strategy that place sustainability at the center of the company’s future plans. The appointment is effective May 1. Whitmore, who was most recently a consultant at McKinsey & Company, will be part of the company’s enterprise leadership team, reporting directly to President and CEO Tom Hayes.

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Hy-Line International Makes Key Changes in Research and Development Team
April 18, 2017 - Hy-Line International, a world leader in layer poultry genetics, is pleased to announce key changes in its research and development team. These changes are part of the continual investment in research and development to identify future market trends and proactively implement procedures within the breeding program to meet and exceed these constantly changing market requirements.

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Novus International Production Site Awarded Voluntary Protection Program Star Certification
April 14, 2017 - The Little Rock feed supplement production plant operated by Novus International, Inc. was recognized for exceptional health and safety management with a special ceremony on April 13. The Novus facility was presented with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program's highest honor, the VPP Star Certification. Novus is only the 40th VPP-certified site in Arkansas, with less than 2,500 currently certified sites across the U.S. Novus is a leading provider of animal health and nutrition products worldwide, and its Little Rock facility is responsible for the production of approximately 15 percent of its globally-sold products.

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Dakota Layers Still Recovering, Donates to Feeding South Dakota
April 13, 2017 - It's was big day for Feeding South Dakota and its fight against hunger in KELOLAND. Dakota Layers, an egg farm north of Flandreau, is once again donating nutritious eggs to the organization. The bird flu outbreak in 2015 hit the business hard. Now, the farm is rebuilding its hen population and that's leading to today's generous gift from a partnership with South Dakota State University.

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Cargill to Open Multi-Million-Dollar Cooked Meat Factory
April 13, 2017 - US meatpacker Cargill will officially open a meat factory in Nebraska after investing $111m to convert the fresh beef plant to a cooked meats powerhouse.

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Aviagen Compartment Ensures Security of Supply to Japanese Market
April 10, 2017 - Since January 2017, Aviagen® has delivered two shipments under its poultry Compartment status to long-standing Ross® grandparent stock (GP) distributor Nippon Chunky, ensuring a secure supply of poultry breeding stock to the Japanese market. The first shipment was delivered at the end of February and the second shipment at the beginning of March.

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Cobb Introduces New MV Male to Brazilian Industry
April 10, 2017 - The new broiler breeder product, the Cobb MV male, has been introduced to the Brazilian poultry industry at a series of workshops across the country.

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ADM Begins Operations for Second Carbon Capture and Storage Project
April 10, 2017 - Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced that the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project, a partnership to safely and permanently store more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, has begun operations.

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Sanderson Farms Reflects on its Partnership with United Way
April 5, 2017 - Sanderson Farms and the United Way share a rich history. In 1979, Joe F. Sanderson, Sr. served as Board President of the Jones County Givers Fund, an organization now known as the United Way of the Pine Belt Region. This tradition is continued by current leaders within Sanderson Farms who sit on United Way boards across the Southeast. Sanderson Farms' Chairman and CEO, Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., carries on his father's belief that a company will only be as successful as the communities in which it operates. As Sanderson Farms' operations have expanded, the company's charitable giving has also grown.

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Milford associates contribute $33,690 to United Way of Delaware
April 5, 2017 - Associates at Perdue Farms’ operation in Milford contributed $33,690.51 to the United Way of Delaware during a recent ceremony at the Perdue Milford facility. The contribution included $30,627.74 in campaign pledges by associates and a $3,062.77 grant funded by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation to Host Webcast and Conference Call on March 2017 Quarterly Financial Results
April 4, 2017 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation will host a webcast and conference call to review third quarter financial results. A news release containing quarterly results is expected to be issued after the market closes on Monday, May 8.

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Pilgrim's Pride to Invest $13 Million in Triad Hatchery
April 4, 2017 - The information in USPOULTRY's electronic newsletter is intended to inform our members of current events affecting the industry and is not necessarily representative of USPOULTRY's views on any particular topic.

USPOULTRY Accepting Nominations for Charles Beard Research Excellence Award USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation are accepting nominations for the Charles Beard Research Excellence Award through July 1. The goal of this award is to recognize outstanding completed research projects, funded by USPOULTRY or the USPOULTRY Foundation, which have made a significant positive impact on the poultry industry. The nominee may be recognized for multiple completed USPOULTRY research projects, all focused on the same subject area.

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Membership Spotlight: DuPont – Danisco Animal Nutrition Danisco Animal Nutrition provides innovative enzyme, natural betaine and probiotic feed technologies to solve livestock and aquaculture challenges. For several decades, Danisco Animal Nutrition has helped animal producers resolve “profit, performance and planet” challenges and maximize the return on their feed investment through the delivery of optimized feed enzyme, betaine and probiotic technologies. The company’s uniqueness centers on their ability to deliver value-driven healthy nutrition based on combining these technologies.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation to Host Webcast and Conference Call on March 2017 Quarterly Financial Results Phibro Animal Health Corporation will host a webcast and conference call to review third quarter financial results. A news release containing quarterly results is expected to be issued after the market closes on Monday, May 8.

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IPE Exhibitor Spotlight: Stenner Pumps Established in 1957 in Jacksonville, Fla, the Stenner Pump Company manufactures peristaltic pumps for reliable and accurate dosing of liquid solutions for disinfection, pH adjustment, iron stain removal, animal health, corrosion and scale control and more. Stenner's pump line includes variable speed, 7-day/24-hr timer, proportional, flow activated, OEM, 1:128 medicators and electromechanical pumps.

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Pilgrim's Pride to Invest $13 Million in Triad Hatchery Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a poultry producer based in Greeley, Colo., is reopening a hatchery in Randolph County that it had shuttered a few years ago, with plans to invest $13 million in renovations and equipment while also adding up to 17 jobs.

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Kemin Acquires Algal Scientific's Beta Glucan Technology
April 3, 2017 - Kemin Industries is looking to grow its antibiotic alternative portfolio with the purchase. Headquartered in Plymouth, Mich., Algal Scientific focuses on products for animal and human nutrition relying on an algae production system. Its microalgae derived beta-glucan that is said to support immune health for animals. Already sold in many regions globally, Kemin said it will work to expand the beta-glucan derived product registrations immediately.

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Butterball Promotes Two Executives
March 31, 2017 - Butterball announced the promotion of two executives, Dean Lisenby, vice president of supply chain and continuous improvement, and Neal Walsh, vice president of strategic business initiatives and purchasing.

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Cal-Maine Foods Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results
March 27, 2017 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported results for the third quarter and thirty-nine weeks ended Feb. 25. Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were $306.5 million, a 31.8 percent decrease, compared with $449.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The Company reported a net income of $4.1 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with net income of $64.2 million, or $1.33 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

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New Perdue CEO Takes Over amid Industry Shifts
March 27, 2017 - When Perdue Farms named its new CEO earlier this month, a chicken company with a taste for innovation and taking risks embraced something different: stability. When it comes to branding its own products, shifting away from using antibiotics, recycling residual manure and producing organically raised and processed chickens, the Salisbury-based company has been at the forefront of the poultry industry.

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Merck Closes Acquisition of Controlling Stake in Vallee S.A.
March 24, 2017 - Merck & Co., Inc. has completed the previously announced acquisition of a controlling stake in Vallee S.A., a leading privately held producer of animal health products in Brazil. Merck had announced the agreement to acquire Vallee in Jul 2016. Vallee also has its presence in other Latin American countries.

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Aviagen Launches Newly Designed Website
March 24, 2017 - Aviagen® invites customers to navigate its newly designed web site, which is now live at www.aviagen.com. The company’s new web presence features a mobile-friendly format, as well as more intuitive navigation designed with ease-of-use for customers in mind. Other distinguishing elements of the new site include content tailored to specific regions and an inviting “look and feel.”

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Hormel Targets Ground Turkey, Organic Meats for Growth
March 23, 2017 - Hormel Foods CEO James Snee said the diversified food company has identified six key categories for growth – three of which are related to its poultry and pork products. Speaking during the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe (CARE) annual conference on Mar. 21, Snee said Hormel, which is the parent company of Jennie-O Turkey Store, Applegate, Black Label Bacon and Spam, said that ground turkey, meat snacks, and natural and organic meats are among the categories that “present a very compelling opportunity to build our brands and deliver continued growth.”

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Land O’Lakes, Inc. Announces Construction of an Animal Feed Manufacturing Facility
March 22, 2017 - Land O’Lakes, Inc. announced that it will build a state-of-the-art animal feed manufacturing facility in Roanoke, Virginia, with plans to open the facility in December 2018.

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Hybrid Turkeys Announces Major Investments in USA Supply Chain
March 20, 2017 - Hybrid Turkeys announces major investments in USA supply chain. US market to receive day old commercial turkeys direct from primary breeder. Top quality poults to meet the demands of the modern industry.

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Zoetis Awards Scholarships to Rising Veterinary Students 2017 scholarship program underscores Commitment to Veterinarians™
March 20, 2017 - Zoetis and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced the winners of the 2017 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Now in its eighth year, the program awarded 315 scholarships to second- and third-year veterinary students during the 2017 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference. An additional 24 scholarships were awarded through partnerships with American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP).

The scholarship program operates as part of Zoetis Commitment to Veterinarians™, a platform created by Zoetis to support leadership and diversity among future veterinarians while also helping to offset the significant costs associated with a veterinary education.

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Harrison Poultry CEO Mike Welch Announces His Retirement
March 16, 2017 - Harrison Poultry Inc., executive Mike Welch announced that he will retire from the president and CEO roles at the end of April 2017, and Harrison Poultry’s Vice President of Operations David Bleth will succeed him. Mike will continue with Harrison in a paid advisory capacity.

“It has been my privilege to work at Harrison Poultry for 26 years,” said Welch. “I believe now is the right time for new leadership to take the company forward, and retiring from Harrison Poultry is right for my family and me.”

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Simmons Foods Serves Up More Strategic Workforce Decisions with ADP's DataCloud and Recruiting Solutions
March 16, 2017 - Simmons Foods recently set out on a journey to automate its manual HR processes to ensure it had a "single source of truth" for all employee information. The goal? To have reliable Big Data and analytics to better inform its workforce decisions.

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JBS SA to Acquire Plumrose USA
March 15, 2017 - JBS SA, the parent company of JBS USA and Pilgrim’s, announced that it has acquired deli meats processor Plumrose USA for $230 million. The acquisition was made through JBS SA and Plumrose’s former parent company, Danish Crown A/S.

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New Supplier Established for Commercial Poults
March 15, 2017 - Aviagen and Willmar Poultry are pleased to announce the establishment of Select Genetics. This new company will supply commercial genetics to the turkey industry. Aviagen is the majority owner of Select Genetics, which was formed through the merger of Valley of the Moon Commercial Poults (VOMCP) and Willmar Poultry/Ag Forte. Select Genetics will continue to execute and honor the obligations and agreements in place for both VOMCP and Willmar Poultry companies and their respective customers.

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West Liberty Names President of New Subsidiary
March 13, 2017 - West Liberty Foods LLC named industry veteran Gerald Lessard president of the company’s new subsidiary, Liberty Free Range Poultry LLC.

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Cargill Strengthens North American Non-GMO Offering with Identity Preservation Process, More Non-GMO Project Verified Ingredients
March 13, 2017 - Furthering its commitment to help food and beverage customers address growing consumer demand for non-GMO product offerings, Cargill has announced an identity preservation process and several additional Non-GMO Project Verified food ingredients.

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Perdue Farms’ Rockingham Associates Present $73,880 to United Way of Richmond County
March 13, 2017 - Associates from Perdue Farms’ operation in Rockingham, N.C., recently presented a check for $73,880.10 in support of the United Way of Richmond County. The contribution included a $6,709.10 grant provided by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. Perdue employs 1,045 associates in Rockingham.

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Tyson Foods CEO: The Future of Food Might Be Meatless
March 8, 2017 - The new CEO of one of the world’s largest meat processors, Tyson Foods Inc., sees plant-based protein as a big part of the food industry’s future.

“If you take a look at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) stats, protein consumption is growing around the world—and it continues to grow. It’s not just hot in the U.S.; it’s hot everywhere, people want protein, so whether it’s animal-based protein or plant-based protein, they have an appetite for it. Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based, so I think the migration may continue in that direction,” Tom Hayes, CEO of Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) told FOX Business.

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Cargill, Heifer Commemorate Partnership with Kick-Off Celebration, Delivery of Chicks to Farmers in China
March 8, 2017 - Cargill and Heifer International are celebrating the official launch of a program aimed at improving the lives of more than 450 smallholder farming households in the Qinsghen, China. Representatives from Cargill, Heifer and its program implementing partner in China – the Qingshen County for the Promotion of Women &Children’s Cooperation and Development – participated in a ceremony today to discuss the program and celebrate the distribution of layer chickens to eight of the farmers benefitting from the program.

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Wayne Farms Talks Expansion and Job Opportunities for High School Grads
March 7, 2017 - Wayne farms has made a huge impact not only locally, but nationwide and today the Dothan Rotary got a special presentation of their expansions plus the company's future goals of creating more job opportunities for local high school grads.

"The expansion was easy simply because we were welcomed with open arms through the public government, the state governments and the local community," said Neil Martin, Assistant Area Complex Manager for Wayne Farms when commenting on the Dothan expansion.

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"We haven't had a customer ask for antibiotic-free"
February 22, 2017 - Meat processed without the use of antibiotics has become one of the fastest-growing areas of the sector in the US. Fears over antibiotic resistance in humans, as well as the expanding underlying demand for food perceived to be cleaner or simpler, has driven a number of the country's processors to reappraise how they use antibiotics. One company that is so far refusing to go down the antibiotic-free path is poultry processor Sanderson Farms. Dean Best spoke to Sanderson Farms' CFO, Mike Cockrell, to find out more.

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Cooper Farms Opening Distribution Center
February 21, 2017 - Cooper Farms has completed a cold storage distribution center located at its turkey processing plant in St. Henry, Ohio. The new addition, which began construction in June of 2016, totals 90,000 square feet, and will provide an additional 15 jobs.

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Wayne Farms Approved for Major Expansion
February 17, 2017 - The Doth Planning Commission approved development plans for construction of a 47,330-square-foot refrigerated warehouse for Wayne Farms at 808 Ross Clark Circle. The expansion allows the poultry produced at the plant to be flash frozen on site for distribution elsewhere.

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Ceva introduces new vaccine to fight the Georgia serotypes of avian infectious bronchitis
February 17, 2017 - New live monovalent vaccine is available from Ceva Animal Health to aid in the fight against the Georgia (GA) strains of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). Cevac® IBron is the first and only licensed product in the market effective in combating multiple variants of IBV.

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ADM Named to Most Admired Company List for Ninth Consecutive Year
February 16, 2017 - For the ninth year in a row, Archer Daniels Midland Company was named one of the world’s most admired companies in the food production industry by Fortune magazine. Considered the definitive report card on corporate reputation, Fortune’s annual list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” ranked companies in 51 major industries for 2017.

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Tyson Foods Tops FORTUNE World's Most Admired List for Food Production
February 16, 2017 - Tyson Foods, Inc. was recognized today by Fortune magazine as No. 1 on the World’s Most Admired Companies list in the Food Production segment, moving up four places from the company’s 2016 ranking.

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Huvepharma® Investing EUR 150 Mln to Double Bulgarian Production Site Capacities
February 15, 2017 - Huvepharma is investing in a major plant extension at our facility in Peshtera, Bulgaria. The addition of more than 3,000m3 fermentation capacity will double the production capabilities of the Peshtera site resulting in a 50% increase in Huvepharma’s fermentation capacity. This investment will give our company close to 10,000 m3 of fermentation capacity, which makes it one of the largest fully integrated animal health production sites globally. The total investment is 150 mio Euro and includes not only the expansion of fermenters but also all upstream and downstream processes as well as enhanced packaging equipment for finished products.

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Rivers to CEO at Wayne Farms
January 25, 2017 - Wayne Farms LLC has announced the company’s executive succession plans. Elton Maddox will be stepping down as CEO after leading the company for 21 years. He will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue his role as chairman of the Wayne Farms Board of Managers. J. Clinton Rivers, current COO, will take over as CEO on April 1. This transition has been planned since Rivers took over as COO in April 2014.

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Mountaire Farms To Locate Feed Mill Operation In Scotland County, North Carolina
January 25, 2017 - Mountaire Farms will launch a feed mill operation that will bring 65 jobs to Scotland County, North Carolina. The integrated poultry processing company plans to invest nearly $44 million at a site near Laurinburg over the next three years.

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Hormel Foods Corporation First Quarter Earnings Conference Call
January 25, 2017 - Hormel Foods Corporation is hosting a conference call with Jim Snee, president and chief executive officer, and Jim Sheehan, senior vice president and chief financial officer, to discuss the company’s first quarter financial results. The company will issue its earnings press release before the markets open on Thursday, February 23, 2017, and will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. CT (9:00 a.m. ET).

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Butterball Announces New COO, Executive VP of Sales
January 18, 2017 - Butterball has announced the promotion of Jay Jandrain to the role of COO, overseeing live operations, plant operations, supply chain, purchasing, engineering and research and development. Jandrain replaces Joe Nalley, who is retiring after leading the company’s operations for 10 years. Al Jansen will replace Jandrain as executive vice president of sales.

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Cargill’s Progress on Building Deforestation-Free Supply Chains Outlined in New Report
January 16, 2017 - In a report issued today, Cargill presented progress on its efforts to meet its commitment to eliminate deforestation from its supply chains. The first Cargill Report on Forests covers on-the-ground actions within six priority supply chains and global collaborations to advance sustainable agriculture. Cargill worked with numerous global partners to engage more than 148,000 farmers and established a baseline for measuring tree cover loss by mapping the sourcing areas of nearly 2,000 locations across 14 countries.

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New Alltech E-CO2 Website Offers Routes to Greater Farm Efficiency
January 16, 2017 - Leading agri-environmental consultancy Alltech E-CO2 has launched a new website offering farmers and the wider food industry valuable knowledge on resource efficiency. In addition to free farm efficiency assessments, the site also hosts new interactive ‘virtual farm’ graphics that provide quick and easy information on the main origins of carbon emissions.

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Cargill Reports Fiscal 2017 Second-Quarter Results
January 11, 2017 - Cargill reported financial results for the fiscal 2017 second quarter and first half ended Nov. 30, 2016. Key measures include: Adjusted operating earnings rose 80 percent to $1.03 billion in the second quarter, compared with $574 million in the year-ago period. For the half, earnings stood at $1.86 billion, up 57 percent over last year. Net earnings for the quarter on a U.S. GAAP basis were $986 million, down 29 percent from $1.39 billion a year ago, when Cargill realized large gains from business divestitures, which are excluded from adjusted operating earnings. First-half net earnings were down three percent to $1.84 billion for the same reason. Revenues were $26.9 billion and $54 billion for the quarter and half, respectively, each down one percent from last year.

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Pilgrim's Pride Eliminates 30 GNP positions
January 11, 2017 - Thirty corporate-based positions have been eliminated at St. Cloud-based GNP Co. as a result of the company's acquisition by Greeley, Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. In a statement released Tuesday, Pilgrim's Pride Chief Executive Officer Bill Lovette said the positions cut were part of the company's "workforce rationalization plan."

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Wayne Farm’ Massive New Feed Mill Seen as Big Boost for Dale County
January 11, 2017 - It takes a lot to feed more than 2.5 million chickens per week. Three busy feed mills have been providing feed for three local Wayne Farms poultry processing plants, sending trucks and trains scurrying from Defuniak Springs, Fla., to Enterprise to Troy. Recently, since Wayne Farms relocated and expanded its Dothan plant to process 1.3 million chickens per week alone, there seemed to be a better way.

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ADM Invests in Expansion of Pet Food Business with Purchase of Crosswind Industries
January 11, 2017 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Crosswind Industries, Inc., a Kansas-based producer of dry-expanded, dual-texture, semi-dry and semi-moist treat products for pets.

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Tyson Foods Announces Collaboration with North Carolina A & T State University
January 11, 2017 - Tyson Foods, Inc. and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are collaborating to offer a new course on effective agricultural communications, company and school officials have announced.

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Century Club Charities/ Sanderson Farms Championship Donates $1.125 Million
January 11, 2017 - Century Club Charities, host organization for the Sanderson Farms Championship, presented a record-breaking $1.125 million to Friends of Children’s Hospital, the fundraising arm for Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi.

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Cobb Achieves First Compartment Status in Brazil
January 11, 2017 - Cobb-Vantress has become the first company in Brazil to receive certification for poultry compartmentalization for avian influenza and Newcastle disease from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA).

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Hickman’s Family Farms to Send Eggs to South Korea
January 11, 2017 - Hickman’s Family Farms will load six truckloads of shell eggs to be loaded onto Korean Airlines for departure to South Korea on Thursday evening, Jan. 12. Three more flights to the bird flu-stricken country are scheduled to carry Hickman’s eggs early next week.

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Jennie-O Introduces All Natural Turkey Sausage With Simple, Familiar Ingredients, No Preservatives
January 10, 2017 - A versatile ingredient in many favorite recipes, sausage has long been a staple of American meals. Now, as more of today's consumers seek out all natural foods with simple ingredients Jennie-O — a company that believes eating well shouldn't come at the cost of taste — is serving up a lean and delicious solution perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner: new JENNIE-O® All-Natural Turkey Sausage.

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Tom Hayes Takes over as Tyson Foods CEO
January 4, 2017 - Tom Hayes has taken over in his new role as CEO of Tyson Foods, replacing Donnie Smith, who retired from the company after serving as its CEO since November 2009. Hayes’ promotion was effective Dec. 31.

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Jackson New President, COO of Simmons Prepared Foods
January 4, 2017 - David Jackson is the new president and chief operating officer (COO) of Simmons Prepared Foods. Jackson, who took over the role in December, succeeds Gary Murphy in both roles, and will report directly to Todd Simmons, chief executive officer of Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates. He previously served as president and COO of Simmons Pet Food.

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Neogen Acquires Brazil-Based Rogama
January 3, 2017 - Neogen Corporation announced that it has acquired Brazil-based Rogama Indústria e Comércio Ltda., a private company that develops and manufactures rodenticides and insecticides. Rogama was founded in 1979, and offers more than 70 registered pest control products to Brazil’s agronomic, professional, and retail markets. The company is also a major supplier to public health agencies, including a long-term partnership with the Pan American Health Organization, which promotes enhanced health and living standards throughout the Americas. Rogama’s annual revenues are approximately $8 million (USD).

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