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2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hain Celestial Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Earnings Date and Conference Call
January 22, 2019 - The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life™, will conduct a conference call to discuss its Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 financial results on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hain Celestial Enhances Executive Leadership Team
January 7, 2019 - The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life™, announced the appointments of Chris Boever to the role of Chief customer officer and Robert Gulliver to chief human resources officer, both reporting directly to Mark Schiller, president and chief executive officer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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