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2016

Unlock the Potential of Your Frontline at the 8th Annual Alchemy Conference
June 28, 2016 - THE ALCHEMY CONFERENCE is a unique opportunity to spend three days with hundreds of leading food industry professionals to address key trends and best practices that empower frontline workers to improve your bottom line. Join Alchemy from Sept. 13-15, in Austin, Texas, to learn valuable new strategies and techniques for keeping your workplace both safe and productive. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association members receive a $100 discount off of registration. Use promo code USPOULTRY.

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New PERDUE® Brand TV Commercial Campaign Highlights Innovative Steps Perdue and Farmers Take to Raise Healthy Chickens without Antibiotics
June 13, 2016 - The PERDUE® brand has launched new television commercials focusing on the role played by herbs in raising healthy chickens without relying on antibiotics. The commercials, airing nationally, star Perdue Chairman Jim Perdue, a Perdue flock specialist and a Perdue nutritionist, along with a sprig of thyme, a bunch of oregano and a few hundred chickens. The "It's not the easy way, it's the Perdue Way" campaign, which will also reach consumers online, highlights some of the extra, and sometimes surprising, efforts Perdue and farmers take to raise healthy chickens with no antibiotics ever.

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Alltech Acquires Ranch-Way Feeds in Colorado
June 10, 2016 - Alltech, through Hubbard Feeds, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ridley USA Inc., has acquired Ranch-Way Feeds, a leading animal nutrition company that has done business in the Western United States for more than 60 years. Ranch-Way Feeds employs more than 50 people, producing over 50,000 tons of feed annually. The company markets its animal nutrition products and programs through an extensive dealer network in the Rocky Mountain region.

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Sanderson Farms to Participate in Jefferies 2016 Consumer Conference
June 8, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that management will participate in the Jefferies 2016 Consumer Conference, to be held June 21-22, in Nantucket, Mass. The investor presentation by Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer, and Mike Cockrell, treasurer and chief financial officer, will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 21, and will be available to investors via a live audio webcast. A link to the broadcast can be found at the investor relations section of the Company's website, www.sandersonfarms.com, and a replay will be available for 30 days.

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Pilgrim's Gains Approval for $24M Expansion Project at Mayfield Complex
June 6, 2016 - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, a leading processor of fresh and value-added quality chicken products in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Mexico, announced it has received state approval for a $24 million expansion project at its Mayfield, Ky., poultry processing complex. The project, which will begin on Oct. 12, includes the removal or relocation of existing processing equipment and the installation of new equipment to enable the facility to transition from a fresh foodservice and debone operation to a debone portioning operation by July 2017. The transition will enable the facility to process larger birds and provide greater efficiency and service to key customers. Upon completion of the project, the plant will increase its live weight production by about 1 million pounds per week. It will also provide more than 155 additional jobs and will provide for construction of 75 additional chicken houses by local family farms.

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Novus International: Celebrating the Silver Anniversary of Solutions, Service and Sustainability
June 6, 2016 - Novus International commemorates 25 years of business this month. The company, which originated as the Feed Ingredients division of Monsanto, started on its path of health through nutrition when Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. acquired it in June 1991. A leading provider of health and nutrition solutions for livestock, pets and people, Novus employs more than 750 people globally. Since its inception in 1991, many things have changed but its vision, mission and core values have remained true. The vision to help feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life drives everything that Novus does.

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FDA Approves Chromium Propionate for Broilers
June 6, 2016 - Based on extensive research conducted by Kemin Industries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine approved the use of chromium propionate as a source of chromium in broiler diets on Friday, June 3. Chromium propionate is the first trace mineral approved for broiler diets in more than 40 years. Kemin is the only company with FDA approval to sell a supplemental source of chromium to the U.S. broiler industry and markets the feed additive as KemTRACE® Chromium.

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Marel Opens New Offices in Des Moines
June 2, 2016 - Executives from the corporate headquarters in Gardabaer, Iceland, joined their counterparts in the US at the ribbon cutting of Marel’s new office in Des Moines on May 24. Customers, local dignitaries and members of the media were on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the company’s new location by a demonstration of the company’s sausage technology on May 25. The new facility, which spans approximately 30,000 sq. ft. and employs approximately 90 people, replaces the company’s former Marel-Townsend campus in Des Moines, which was closed after the company announced plans to transfer the manufacturing operations there to its facility in Gainesville, Ga.

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New Owners of GNP Chicken Investing up to $80 Million in Company
May 31, 2016 - A few years ago, GNP had more orders than it could fill. Now the new owner of the Upper Midwest’s leading chicken producer plans to invest up to $80 million to increase production capacity.

The Cold Spring plant — home of the Gold’n Plump brand, a staple in Minnesota supermarkets — is undergoing a major expansion, which includes new equipment that kills birds in a more humane way. GNP also has built a new hatchery in Sauk Rapids.

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Sanderson Farms Reports Results for Second Quarter 2016
May 26, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. has reported results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended Apr. 30. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 were $692.1 million compared with $716.6 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, net income was $47.6 million, or $2.11 per share, compared with net income of $71.2 million, or $3.13 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Net sales for the first six months of fiscal 2016 were $1,297.3 million compared with $1,384.0 million for the same period of fiscal 2015. Net income for the first half of the year totaled $58.3 million, or $2.58 per share, compared with net income of $137.7 million, or $6.00 per share, for the first six months of last year.

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Dow and DuPont Announce Senior Leadership Appointments for DowDuPont
May 24, 2016 - DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced senior leadership appointments for DowDuPont Inc. (“DowDuPont”), following the consummation of the proposed merger of equals. The appointments will be effective upon completion of the proposed merger transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of 2016, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of stockholder and regulatory approvals.

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Cargill Protein Group to Remain in Wichita; City “Ideal” for HQ to Guide Company Growth
May 24, 2016 - Cargill’s protein business headquarters will remain in Wichita and relocate from 151 North Main Street to a new office building which will be built at a yet-to-be-determined site within the city limits. The company’s decision was made after a thorough analysis of numerous options, including several cities in states other than Kansas. The decision is dependent upon pending approval by the City of Wichita for an agreement between the two entities. The company’s move to a new office building is expected to take place by the end of 2018.

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Kemin Global Expansion Continues in Belgium with New Quality Control Laboratories, Logistics Office and Warehouse
May 20, 2016 - Delivering on its global growth plans, Kemin opened a new state-of-the-art quality control lab and 14.600 square meters of warehouse and logistics office space at the Kemin campus in Herentals, Belgium. The opening ceremony provided the opportunity to tour the space, learn more about the added capabilities and why Kemin continues with its investments in Belgium and around the world.

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Elanco Launches Alternative to Shared-Class Antibiotics in Poultry Industry
May 20, 2016 - Elanco Animal Health introduces InteprityTM, a first-in-class, animal-use only, in-feed antibiotic developed for the prevention of mortality caused by necrotic enteritis associated with Clostridium perfringens in broiler chickens. Under supervision of a veterinarian, Inteprity supports bird health and well-being, and demonstrates a responsible approach to antibiotic use.

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Tyson’s Response to Oxfam Report
May 16, 2016 - We value our Team Members and treat them with respect. If they need a restroom break, we have extra people who can fill in for them. We do not tolerate the refusal of requests to use the restroom. We’re concerned about these anonymous claims and while we currently have no evidence they’re true, are checking to make sure our policies on restroom breaks are being followed and our Team Members’ needs are being met.

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Pilgrim's Pride Corp. Expands Recall of Poultry Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
May 16, 2016 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling an additional 376,380 pounds of fully cooked chicken products that may have been contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The scope of this recall expansion now includes a variety of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous metal materials. The chicken products were produced on 07/11/2015, 09/15/2015 and 09/16/2015. This release is being reissued as the third expansion of the Apr. 7, recall to include additional products and production dates.

EDITORS NOTE: This release is being reissued as the third expansion of the Apr. 7, recall to include additional products and production dates. The first recall 027-2016 on Apr. 7, recalled 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products. The recall expansion on Apr. 26, recalled an additional 4,524,980 pounds of fully cooked chicken product. The second recall expansion on May 6, recalled an additional 608,764 pounds of product. The third recall expansion today recalls an additional 376,380 pounds of product. The combined number of recalled product from Apr. 7, to May 13, is 5,550,904 pounds.

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JBS Announces Resturcture Plans
May 12, 2016 - Brazilian beef processor JBS SA has announced a restructure of its business that would see the formation of new company JBS International.

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Marfrig 1Q16 Earnings Release
May 12, 2016 - Marfrig has announced its results for the first quarter of 2016. Except where stated otherwise, the following operating and financial information is presented in nominal Brazilian real, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and should be read together with the income statement and notes to the financial statements for the period ended Mar. 31, filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM).

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Tyson Lifts Annual Guidance to $4.20-$4.30 as Record Second Quarter Adjusted Earnings Increase 43 Percent
May 9, 2016 - SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS: -Record second quarter operating income up 27 percent to $704 million compared to Q2 2015 adjusted results -Record second quarter total company operating margin of 7.7 percent *Record second quarter Chicken segment operating margin at 12.7 percent *Record second quarter Pork segment operating margin at 11.8 percent *Prepared Foods segment operating margin at 10.9 percent -Captured $144 million in total synergies; $67 million incremental synergies over Q2 2015 -Repurchased 6.9 million shares for $400 million, excluding shares repurchased to offset dilution from our equity compensation plan

“Our business continues to perform very well, delivering record second quarter operating income and return on sales, in what is typically the most challenging quarter of our fiscal year,” Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods, said.

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ADM's Mankato Plant Earns Governor's Safety Award
May 9, 2016 - Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) was recognized on May 5 for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn. ADM is one of 309 employers that were honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. This is the first year the Mankato Processing facility earned the Award of Honor.

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The SPAM Brand and Operation Gratitude to Hit the Road
April 20, 2016 - Hormel Foods Corp., the Austin, Minn.-based makers of SPAM, and organizers behind Operation Gratitude have partnered to bring their letter-writing campaign to 16 communities in support of a goal to send Operation Gratitude’s 2 millionth care package to members of the military in 2018. Care packages, including a letter, SPAM products and other items, will be sent to troops overseas, as well as veterans, first responders and new recruits.

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AB Vista Video Sheds New Light on the Positive Effects of Complete Phytate Destruction on Animal Nutrition
April 15, 2016 - A new video from AB Vista reveals details about why complete phytate destruction in the digestive tract may lead to increased growth efficiency in swine and poultry. The video – the second in the new ‘Extraordinary Science Brought to Life’ series – explains what happens when phytic acid (IP6) is completely broken down by phytase superdosing.

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US insect meal developer gets Darling Ingredients and Intrexon scale-up power behind it
April 14, 2016 - US biotech company, Intrexon, recently revealed it had acquired Ohio based black soldier fly (BSF) larvae meal producer, EnviroFlight, and that it would scale up its production through a joint venture with Darling Ingredients.

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"Healthier flocks for healthy food" - Ceva Poultry Vaccinology Summit in Barcelona
April 13, 2016 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation (NASDAQ:PAHC) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Bendheim and Chief Financial Officer Richard Johnson will address financial analysts and investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Health Care Conference.

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Tyson Foods donates $100,000 to Meals on Wheels Texoma
April 11, 2016 - A new kitchen is on the way for Meals on Wheels Texoma thanks to a generous donation from a local company.

The non-profit was presented with a $100,000 check from Tyson Foods, Inc. The donation will go towards building a new kitchen to make meals for those in need throughout Cooke, Grayson and Fannin counties. So far this year Tyson Foods has donated 60,000 pounds of protein, feeding thousands of families in need across Texoma.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. Recalls Poultry Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
April 7, 2016 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The fully cooked chicken nugget products were produced on Oct. 5, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: •20-lb. cardboard boxes containing two, 10-lb. clear plastic bags of fully cooked chicken nuggets labeled as “GOLD KIST FARMS Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters.”

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Cargill reports third-quarter fiscal 2016 earnings
April 7, 2016 - Cargill today reported financial results for the fiscal 2016 third quarter and first nine months ended Feb. 29, 2016. Key measures include: Adjusted operating earnings rose 13 percent to $476 million in the third quarter, compared with $421 million in the year-ago period. Nine-month adjusted operating earnings decreased 2 percent to $1.66 billion. Net earnings on a U.S. GAAP basis equaled $459 million in the third quarter and $2.36 billion in the first nine months. This compares with $425 million and $1.63 billion in the respective periods a year ago. The variance between adjusted and net earnings in the nine-month period included gains on the second-quarter sales of the U.S. pork business and Cargill’s interest in the North Star BlueScope Steel joint venture, and a charge related to a change in accounting treatment for Venezuela. Third-quarter revenues decreased 11 percent to $25.2 billion, reflecting lower commodity prices, the strength of the U.S. dollar against other currencies, and the sale of Cargill’s pork business in the second quarter. Revenues in the first nine months totaled $80 billion.

“With agriculture and energy markets as tough as we’ve seen in a long time, we’re pleased with the gain in earnings achieved this quarter,” said David MacLennan, Cargill’s chairman and chief executive officer. MacLennan said that prices and volatility in agricultural commodities remain low, as a series of big harvests have built global stocks. “Barring weather events, we don’t anticipate a near-term improvement in market conditions for agriculture. In these kinds of cycles, and we’ve been through them before, we focus on the levers under our control.”

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Hy-Line International Names Flock Performance Database Manager
April 7, 2016 - Hy-Line International, the world leader in layer poultry genetics, announces the addition of Mr. Ken Kerr as international flock performance database manager. His responsibilities include entering, analyzing and reporting flock performance data from Hy-Line’s flocks and those of its customers worldwide. He is based out of Hy-Line’s corporate office in West Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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Elanco Establishes Memorial Scholarships
April 5, 2016 - Elanco Animal Health, in collaboration with the American Association of Avian Pathologists Foundation (AAAP), is pleased to announce the establishment of two scholarships available to students pursuing degrees in poultry science and veterinary medicine at an accredited college or university. The Elanco Memorial scholarships are intended to honor the memory of past Elanco poultry veterinarians and scientists by supporting learning opportunities for future generations. One undergraduate student will be awarded a $2000 scholarship, while a $3000 scholarship will be presented to a veterinary student interested in poultry medicine. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016, and recipients will be notified by January 31, 2017.

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Water Conservation Goal Announced with Third Segment of Tyson Foods Sustainability Report
March 31, 2016 - Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) officials today announced the expansion of the company’s ongoing water conservation efforts. Water is a key component of food production since it’s essential to keeping food safe for consumers. The announcement accompanies the release of the third installment of the company’s 2015 Sustainability Report, which includes information about its environmental stewardship.

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Rabobank reduces balance sheet by selling part of mortgage portfolio
March 31, 2016 - Rabobank has sold a share of its mortgage portfolio worth EUR 1 billion to the insurance company VIVAT Verzekeringen (VIVAT). The total value of Rabobank’s residential mortgage portfolio is EUR 201.5 billion (per end-2015). Up to now residential mortgages granted by local Rabobanks were accounted for on Rabobank’s balance sheet. The fact that the bank is moving part of its mortgage portfolio off balance is related to a number of factors: additional regulations on capital requirements, the appetite of institutional investors, and Rabobank’s wish to continue providing mortgages and loans to customers.

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Aviagen expands popular Best Practice series
March 30, 2016 - The Aviagen® Best Practice series of customer literature continues to expand since its release in August 2015. The series, available for the Arbor Acres®, Indian River® and Ross® brands, now covers breeder, broiler and hatchery topics.

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Cal-Maine Foods Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results
March 28, 2016 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today reported results for the third quarter and nine months ended February 27, 2016.

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $449.8 million, a 2.8 percent increase compared to $437.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2015. The Company reported net income of $64.2 million, or $1.33 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to $50.9 million, or $1.06 per basic share and $1.05 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

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ADM Board of Directors Nominates Debra A. Sandler to Board
March 28, 2016 - Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that its Board of Directors has nominated Debra A. Sandler to stand for election to the board at its upcoming Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on May 5, 2016. Sandler’s prior experience includes senior leadership positions at Mars, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and PepsiCo. Most recently she served as Chief Health and Wellbeing Officer at Mars, after serving there as Chief Consumer Officer and President of Mars Chocolate North America. Sandler currently sits on the board of Gannett Co., Inc.

ADM also announced that Thomas F. O’Neill, who has served as an ADM director since 2004, has informed the board that he will not seek re-election at the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting.

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Allen Harim Hires a New Business Development Manager
March 28, 2016 - Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of chicken on Delmarva, has hired a new Business Development Manager. Michael Coleman will oversee the sales of Nature's Sensation®, the company's No Antibiotics Ever signature product line.

Coleman most recently served as director of sales and marketing at Wellshire Farms, an all-natural meat business located in Swedesboro, New Jersey. A graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration focusing in Food Marketing, Coleman gained further experience with Brooks Provisions, Dietz & Watson, and Nestle USA while completing his education.

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Hormel Foods Donates Products to Help Feed Flint Families in Crisis
March 24, 2016 - Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced it donated a semi-trailer of products to help Flint, Mich., families dealing with the unprecedented water and economic crisis.

The donation, which was organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), included food donations from some of America’s largest food manufacturers to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint. Combined, the donation totaled more than 125,000 pounds of food.

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Tyson Releases Second Segment of Sustainability Report
March 24, 2016 - As part of its corporate social responsibility efforts, Tyson Foods’ charitable donations outlined in the second segment of their 2015 Sustainability Report include work in hunger relief, education, health and nutrition, environmental and sustainable agriculture, and community development.

During the company’s fiscal 2015 year, it donated over 9 million lbs. of food to provide disaster relief and address hunger in communities and organizations throughout the country. Tyson’s food donations since 2000 have exceeded 100 million lbs., and it has pledged to donate $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years with a focus on initiatives at the local level.

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Cobb Achieves Approval for ‘Compartment’ Status in UK
March 24, 2016 - The UK farm and hatchery facilities which export Cobb broiler breeding stock globally have been granted ‘GB enhanced compartment’ status — the most stringent requirements for any such operation.

With the agreement of an importing country, the high standards of biosecurity within a compartment allow breeding stock to be supplied to customers when outbreaks of avian influenza or Newcastle disease in a particular country would normally restrict exports.

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Hy-Line International Names Global Logistics Manager
March 23, 2016 - Hy-Line International, the world leader in layer poultry genetics, announces the additional of Ms. Renata Casadei as global logistics manager. Her responsibilities include coordinating logistics for Hy-Line International deliveries from the USA and Brazil production centers and assisting with the logistics for exports from the UK production center. She will be based out of Hy-Line’s production office in Dallas Center, Iowa, USA.

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Neogen reports 12% Increase in Net Income
March 23, 2016 - Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, which ended Feb. 29, increased 12% to $8,311,000, when compared to the prior year’s $7,454,000. Earnings per share in the current quarter were $0.22, compared to $0.20 a year ago. Current year-to-date net income increased 11% over prior year to $26,707,000, or $0.71 per share, compared to $24,142,000, or $0.65 per share, for the same period a year ago.

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Forbes Names Zoetis One of America's Best Employers
March 23, 2016 - Zoetis Inc., the global leader in animal health, today announced that it has been named one of America’s Best Midsize Employers in 2016 by Forbes Magazine. Zoetis is the only pharmaceutical company focused solely on animal health to make the list, and is ranked #81 out of 250 midsize companies.

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Cargill, WRI Partner to Monitor and Manage Deforestation and
March 21, 2016 - Cargill and World Resources Institute (WRI) today announced a new 2-year partnership to work across value chains to better manage deforestation and water risk. This partnership brings WRI’s cutting-edge tools to the agriculture sector on a global scale. By working together, Cargill will leverage WRI’s world class maps, analytical tools and expertise, while WRI will benefit from Cargill’s global insights from working in food and agriculture in 70 countries around the world.

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DSM Repurchase of Shares
March 18, 2016 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, has repurchased 161,667 of its own shares in the period from 11 March 2016 up to and including 17 March 2016 at an average price of €48.06. This is in accordance with the repurchase, covering existing option plans and stock dividend, announced on 22 February 2016. The consideration of this repurchase was €7.8 million.

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"Healthier flocks for healthy food" - Ceva Poultry Vaccinology Summit in Barcelona
March 16, 2016 - For over eighty years antibiotics have protected both the health of animals and humans. Protecting their future, through more targeted use has become one of the most pressing issues for Governments, Health Authorities, veterinarians and poultry producers. “Antibiotic free” poultry production brings with it many challenges and potential welfare issues. As consumers demand healthier food, can this be delivered, whilst ensuring that birds that fall sick are properly treated?

Poultry producers currently face many challenges to adjust their production systems. One of the most critical of the required changes is achieving better management of individual bird and flock health status. Since the emergence of the first very virulent respiratory diseases in poultry in the late 1950’s, the global industry has fought a constant battle to protect flocks against disease through biosecurity and vaccination programmes.

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Tyson to Reveal Animal-Welfare Effort
March 16, 2016 - Tyson Foods Inc. will release the first section of a five-part sustainability report beginning today—starting with a look at its animal-welfare efforts. Additional portions the report, which will be released weekly, will center on corporate giving, environmental stewardship, product development and workforce.

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Webinar: Avian Influenza in Feed – Fact or Fiction?
March 11, 2016 - Dr. Rick Phillips (President & CEO), Dr. Kurt Richardson (Chief Science Officer) and Dr. Gino Lorenzoni (Global Technical Director) will present the latest data on avian influenza in feed.

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Developing cutting-edge research: Alltech Crop Science and Rothamsted Research announce strategic alliance
March 10, 2016 - Alltech Crop Science, a division of Alltech, is partnering with Rothamsted Research for a strategic alliance in the field of agricultural research. One of the oldest agricultural research institutes in the world, Rothamsted has provided cutting-edge science and innovation for more than 170 years. This strategic alliance will facilitate industry-relevant research into sustainable arable and livestock systems with the critical value of improving homegrown feed. The alliance will develop leading research opportunities to investigate on-farm applications to improve soil, crop, feed and livestock health.

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Tyson Adds Scannable Smart Labels to Chicken Products in China
March 9, 2016 - Imagine picking up a pack of chicken drumsticks at the supermarket and scanning it with your iPhone to see exactly where the bird was slaughtered and when the meat arrived in the store cooler. For Chinese shoppers, chastened by years of food-safety scares, that’s now a reality.

Tyson Foods Inc. has added to some of its chicken products a quick-response code that can be scanned with a smartphone. The U.S. company, which supplies one of every five pounds of meat eaten at home, has international ambitions and in China that means trying to entice consumers for whom the provenance of their food matters a great deal.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Recognized by 2020 Women on Boards
March 8, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. has been recognized as 2020 Women on Boards Winning “W” Company for the fifth year in a row. Since 2011, when the organization began tracking board diversity, Sanderson Farms has been recognized consecutively for the significant number of women who sit on its board.

Women currently make up 31% of those who have a seat on the Sanderson Farms, Inc. Board. “We are honored to be acknowledged by such a principled organization,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We have so many intelligent, hardworking women in impactful positions at Sanderson Farms. Our success would not be possible without their significant contributions.”

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Pilgrim’s Pride Chattanooga Wins Cobb-Vantress Regional Performance Award
March 7, 2016 - For the second time Pilgrims Chattanooga has won the regional performance award for the South in the annual Cobb-Vantress Sold Flock Breeder Survey.

This survey, begun in 1994, has developed into one of the most viable measures of Cobb breeder performance and last year included data from 2,416 Cobb500 flocks totaling 43,274,567 pullets capitalized at 25 weeks, said officials.

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DSM launches new Egg Yolk Pigmentation Guidelines and YolkFan™
March 2, 2016 - DSM has announced the launch of its new Egg Yolk Pigmentation Guidelines and the addition of a new color to YolkFan™. YolkFan provides a simple means of measuring yolk color and the addition of a new shade will help producers to cover the demand for highly pigmented yolks in markets like Japan and the Middle East.

YolkFan has been developed from the DSM Yolk Color Fan; recreating the original 15 colors with the addition of a deeper 16th shade. YolkFan is an inexpensive and easy tool to use when testing the color of a yolk and the new shade reflects the tendency towards a deeper yolk color in several markets. Leading digital egg testers now use YolkFan as their calibration standard.

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Marel announces changes in Executive Team, organizational structure, and corporate identity
March 2, 2016 - Today, Marel announces changes in its Executive Team, organizational structure, and corporate identity. The changes will simplify and clarify the market approach and position Marel for future growth and success.

Marel is the leading global provider of advanced processing systems and services to the poultry, meat and fish industries. Marel management is redefining how it views and manages the business and serves the customer needs and will from now on report sales and operational results in poultry, meat and fish industries. Further Processing will operate as a business unit within Marel that works across all aforementioned industries. Marel Poultry, Marel Meat and Marel Fish will focus on standard solutions as well as full line offering throughout the process from primary, secondary, and further processing.

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Alltech announces Young Scientist 2016 regional winners and finalists
March 2, 2016 - Eight regional winners will move to the next level in the 11th annual Alltech Young Scientist program, the largest global university contest of its kind that rewards scientific genius and experimental application in agriscience.

A panel of leading scientists selected four undergraduate and four graduate winners for the 2016 competition. Students were challenged to submit research studies that demonstrated a keen awareness of science and its applications for improving the future of the world.

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Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2015 Financial Results
March 1, 2016 - Darling Ingredients Inc., a global leader in converting edible and inedible bio-nutrient streams into a wide range of ingredients and specialty products for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, technical, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and year ended January 2, 2016.

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Cargill Honored with a 2015 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence
March 1, 2016 - Cargill was today awarded a 2015 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) which recognizes American companies that make an important contribution to the growth and sustainable development of the local economies in which they work. The company was one of three finalists in the human rights and labor rights category.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken presented the award to Cargill Chairman and CEO Dave MacLennan who accepted it on behalf of Cargill, the company’s 1,600 employees in Vietnam and the one million farmers and community members it partners with in the country.

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Fieldale Farms Wins Top US Cobb Flock Award for 2015
February 26, 2016 - Top award in the Cobb500 US Breeder Sold Flock Survey for 2015 has gone to Fieldale Farms, located in Baldwin, Georgia, achieving an average of 178.05 total eggs per hen housed.

Since it began in 1994, the Cobb500 Breeder Sold Flock Survey has steadily grown with the 2015 survey summarizing the performance of more than 2400 flocks representing 43 million pullets capitalized at 25 weeks of age. The survey covers hatching and total eggs, hen livability, feed consumption, hatchability and chicks/hen, and also provides six regional awards.

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. to Participate in UBS Global Consumer Conference
February 25, 2016 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. today announced that management will participate in the UBS Global Consumer Conference to be held March 9-10, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Reports Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2016
February 25, 2016 - Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 were $605.2 million compared with $667.4 million for the same period a year ago. The Company reported net income of $10.7 million, or $0.47 per share, for the quarter compared with net income of $66.5 million, or $2.87 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

"Our results for the first quarter reflect significantly weaker market prices for products sold from our big bird deboning plants compared with last year’s first quarter,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc. “Poultry market prices for our tray pack products sold to retail grocery store customers were only slightly lower when compared with the same period a year ago, and we also experienced lower grain costs. As a result, margins on tray pack products remained strong. On the other hand, the food service market is over supplied, primarily as a result of continued weak export demand. Poultry products that would normally be directed for sale in the export markets are instead being sold in the domestic food service market. While conditions improved in January, headwinds remain in the export market even though most avian-influenza related bans on United States poultry products have been lifted. Currency issues, political issues and weak oil prices remain."

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Aviagen promotes Marla Robinson to Global Marketing Director
February 24, 2016 - Aviagen®, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marla Robinson, Aviagen’s current marketing manager for North America, to the position of global marketing director. Effective immediately, Robinson will report directly to Jan Henriksen, CEO of Aviagen Broiler Breeders, for global marketing initiatives.

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JBT Corporation Reports Record Revenue, EPS and Orders in 2015; Forecasts Another Strong Performance in 2016
February 23, 2016 - JBT Corporation, a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2015.

Revenue for 2015 was $1.1 billion, an increase of 12.5 percent from 2014. On a constant currency basis, revenue increased 20.1 percent year over year, including organic revenue growth of 11.2 percent. Segment operating profit increased 20.4 percent, or 31.0 percent on a constant currency basis. Segment operating profit margin increased 73 basis points to 11.2 percent for 2015. Corporate expense for the year was $34.6 million compared to $37.5 million in 2014. Corporate expense in 2014 included management succession and consulting costs of $8.8 million.

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $1.88 for 2015 versus $1.03 in 2014. Excluding restructuring charges of $14.5 million and the aforementioned management succession and consulting costs, adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $1.56 in 2014.

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DuPont, Dow Announce Site Structure of Intended Independent Agriculture Company
February 22, 2016 - DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced the U.S. site structure for the global agriculture leader the companies intend to create following the planned separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies.

The corporate headquarters for the agriculture company will be located in Wilmington, Del., and will include the office of the CEO and key corporate support functions. Sites in Johnston, Iowa and Indianapolis, Ind., will serve as global business centers, with leadership of business lines, business support functions, R&D, global supply chain, and sales and marketing capabilities concentrated in the two Midwest locations. In addition, the independent agriculture company will feature DuPont in the company’s name, following completion of the corporate naming and branding process.

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Allen Harim chicken now all 100 percent vegetarian-fed; Signature Nature's Sensation® Brand no antibiotics ever
February 22, 2016 - Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of chicken, is one of the first companies in the nation that has moved to a 100 percent vegetarian feed for its chickens, to meet rising consumer demand for quality, fresh and healthy poultry products.

The company is also one of the first to announce that its signature Nature's Sensation® brand is raised with no antibiotics ever. A new logo and packaging that highlights these changes were unveiled recently in markets across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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Pilgrim's Pride Will Spend $35 Million on Nashville, Ark., Poultry Feed Mill
February 19, 2016 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation has announced plans for a $35 million investment at its Nashville, Ark., facility. The company revealed the project as part of its 2016 capital investment plans for work valued at $190 million. In Nashville, the company will acquire property and construct a new feed mill to lower feed costs, enhance feed conversion and improve live poultry performance.

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JBT Corporation Acquires X-ray Food Inspection Company
February 18, 2016 - JBT Corporation, a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, has announced it has purchased certain assets of Novus X-Ray LLC, a provider of advanced X-ray food inspection systems. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Cargill Exits Crop Input Business in Central and Eastern Europe to Focus on Origination
February 17, 2016 - Following a comprehensive review of its grain and oilseeds businesses in Central and Eastern Europe, Cargill is to stop providing crop inputs to farmers and to fully exit from these activities by the end of May 2016. This change will affect Cargill’s businesses in Hungary, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Poland. Going forward, the company will refocus its attention on its grain and oilseeds origination, merchandizing and trading activities in these markets.

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Cobb Celebrates 100 Years
February 12, 2016 - The story of Cobb begins with Robert C. Cobb senior who set his sights on farming after graduating in 1916. His real obsession was chickens and his existing activities were only the base for poultry breeding to begin. Jerry Moye, the current president of Cobb-Vantress, took the time to speak to World Poultry.

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Elanco Steps up Their Support for Indiana FFA Read to Feed Project
February 12, 2016 - Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, stepped up their efforts to end world hunger by pledging to match money raised from the Indiana FFA Read to Feed project, up to $20,000. The project officially kicks-off on Feb. 22 and runs through April 15.

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Tyson Foods CEO Gets Wall Street Fan Mail after Turnaround
February 10, 2016 - Tyson Foods Inc.’s Donnie Smith is getting the kind of notices from Wall Street that most CEOs dream about as a strategic overhaul at the largest U.S. meat producer begins to pay off. Tyson shares gained 5.4 percent Monday, the second-biggest advance in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. That follows a rally on Friday, when the company raised its full-year profit forecast after better-than-expected earnings for the final three months of 2015.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation Reports Second Quarter
February 10, 2016 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced its financial results for its second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015. Highlights for the December 2015 quarter (compared to the December 2014 quarter) are as follows.

- Net sales of $192 million, an increase of 2 percent - Adjusted EBITDA of $28.4 million, an increase of 14 percent - Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.39, an increase of 11 percent

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Hitachi to Execute Absorption-Type Company Split Agreement Relating to Reorganization of Power Distribution and Control Product Business and Air Compressor Business
February 8, 2016 - Hitachi, Ltd. announced that Hitachi and Hitachi Power Solutions Co., Ltd. would transfer Hitachi’s power distribution and control product business for industrial fields and large capacity air compressor business, and Hitachi Power’s power distribution and control product business, respectively, to Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd. through company splits on April 1, in order to strengthen and expand the industrial product business.

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Baldor / ABB Increased Profitability in Challenging Markets
February 4, 2016 - Orders were steady for the year (down 12 percent in US dollars). Large orders (above $15 million) grew 10 percent (down 5 percent in US dollars) and offset a base order decline of 3 percent (14 percent in US dollars). The order backlog at the end of December 2015 amounted to $24.1 billion, an increase of 5 percent (down 3 percent in US dollars) compared with the end of 2014. The book-to-bill ratio remained steady at 1.03x.

Revenues were steady (down 11percent in US dollars) compared with 2014 as revenue growth in Power Systems and Power Products offset the decline in Discrete Automation and Motion and Process Automation. Service revenues grew 6 percent (down 8 in US dollars) and grew 1 percentage point as a percent of total group revenues (adjusted for divestitures; 0.5 percent prior to adjustment).

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Wayne Farms Announces Layoffs in Mississippi
February 4, 2016 - A poultry company based in Georgia says its Laurel, Miss., plant will close its deboning lines and lay off about 500 workers by the end of June. Officials with Wayne Farms say one customer has contracted for the entire plant’s output but wants only whole birds.

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ADM Reports Fourth Quarter Adjusted Earnings of $0.61 per Share
February 2, 2016 - Archer Daniels Midland Company reported financial results for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015. The company reported adjusted earnings per share1 of $0.61, down from $1.00 in the same period last year. Adjusted segment operating profit was $599 million, down 47 percent from $1,128 million in the year-ago period. Net earnings for the quarter were $718 million, or $1.19 per share, and segment operating profit was $900 million. Global dynamics reduced margins across the U.S. agricultural export sector, the U.S. ethanol industry and in the soybean crushing industry worldwide.

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Marel Closes Acquisition of MPS
February 1, 2016 - Marel announces that it has closed its acquisition of MPS meat processing systems (MPS). The closing of the acquisition was subject to anti-trust approvals that have now been obtained without reservation. As a result, all the conditions for the acquisition have been satisfied and the transaction has been closed as of Jan. 29.

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Essential Oils Key to Cargill’s Comprehensive Approach to Reducing Antibiotics in Poultry
January 29, 2016 - Cargill researchers are focusing on improving gut health in poultry to promote feed efficiency and keep birds healthy. Cargill has been researching the use of non-medicated feed additives for several years as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs). As an independent supplier, Cargill has performed cross-additive research and determined the most beneficial types of feed additives for individual customer needs. For consistent performance improvement, essential oils turned out to be a key solution because they impact all four key gut function areas.

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Sanderson Farms Championship Donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital Sets Record
January 27, 2016 - The Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi’s only PGA TOUR event, once again came through for Mississippi’s only children’s hospital, raising a record $1.109 million dollars from the 2015 tournament, despite heavy rains and adverse conditions. At a press conference, tournament host Century Club Charities presented a check for the proceeds to Friends of Children’s Hospital, the private fundraising organization dedicated to supporting Batson Children’s Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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