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2019

Technology Leads Hendrix’s Commercial Turkey Hatchery
October 25, 2019 - The genetics company’s first turkey distribution hatchery in North America uses top-of-the-line equipment to improve bird and worker welfare.

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Hormel Foods Announces Executive Changes
October 25, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced Tom Day, executive vice president, Refrigerated Foods, will retire effective at the end of the first quarter fiscal 2020. The company also announced the advancement of several executives, including Deanna Brady, who will succeed Day as executive vice president, Refrigerated Foods. Additionally, P.J. Connor, currently vice president; senior vice president, Consumer Products Sales (CPS), will advance to Brady’s current role as group vice president; president, Consumer Products Sales. Tony Hoffman will advance to Connor’s current role as vice president; senior vice president, Consumer Products Sales.

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Marel Q3 2019 – Solid Operations and Service Revenues at All-Time High
October 23, 2019 - Marel reported the following Q3 results.

-Orders received were EUR 285.0m (3Q18: 267.7m). -Revenues were EUR 312.5m (3Q18: 282.0m). -Adjusted EBIT* was EUR 44.3m (3Q18: 40.0m), translating to an EBIT* margin of 14.2% (3Q18: 14.2%). -Net result was EUR 33.4m (3Q18: 26.7m). -Basic earnings per share (EPS) were EUR 4.38 cents (3Q18: 3.94 cents). -Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax in the quarter was EUR 47.7m (3Q18: 31.6m). -Net debt/EBITDA was x0.5 at quarter-end (2Q19: x0.6). Targeted capital structure is x2-3 net debt/EBITDA. -The order book was EUR 431.9m (2Q19 459.4m and 3Q18: 510.8m).

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EMBARC and Tyson Foods Expand Access to Legal Services for Refugees
October 23, 2019 - EMBARC, or Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center, announced today a $100,000 grant from Tyson Foods to fund EMBARC’s Legal Navigator Project. This important investment from Tyson Foods will allow EMBARC to increase awareness and support for civil and immigrant legal services, as well as improve the self-sufficiency and economic stability for refugees in Iowa communities such as Waterloo, Columbus Junction, Independence and Perry, where Tyson Foods operates plants.

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Marel Buys Half of Iceland Rival Curio
October 23, 2019 - Icelandic fish processing equipment maker Marel has picked up a 50% stake in another Icelandic firm, Curio, the company said. The investment in the whitefish processing equipment maker, the terms of which were not disclosed, comes with the option to buy the remaining half of the company. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. Marel said that the Curio purchase is part of its goal to become a "full-line supplier with standard and modular building blocks of advanced food processing solutions across the fish, meat and poultry industries."

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Cargill and FFA Partner to Inspire and Educate Future Leaders
October 23, 2019 - Cargill and the National FFA Organization share the belief that agriculture can solve some of the world’s toughest sustainability challenges. Cargill is investing $2.1 million over three years to help the FFA organization develop future leaders who are prepared to continue advancing sustainable agriculture. The funds will enable the FFA Organization’s efforts to bridge the needs of the agriculture, food and natural resources industries.

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Sanderson Farms Building New Hatchery in Jones County
October 22, 2019 - Sanderson Farms announced the company will build a $15 million facility near Howard Technology Solutions in Ellisville, Mississippi. The hatchery will help the company fill the need it has for more chicken.

“This hatchery will give us two things: It will give us added capacity that we’ll need in order to support any future growth in Mississippi as well as give us additional square footage to utilize new technology that we have in our hatcheries,” said Pic Billingsley, director of development and engineering at Sanderson Farms.

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Zoetis to Participate in the Credit Suisse 28th Annual Healthcare Conference
October 22, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. will participate in the Credit Suisse 28th Annual Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kristin Peck, CEO-elect, executive vice president and group president, U.S. Operations, Business Development and Strategy, and Glenn David, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will represent the company and respond to questions from analysts. They are scheduled to present at 3:15 p.m. ET (1:15 p.m. MT).

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Perdue Farms Continues Social Skills Training Partnership with UNCP and Dillon Middle School
October 21, 2019 - As part of a collaborative effort among the Department of Counseling in the College of Health Sciences at UNC Pembroke (UNCP), Perdue Farms through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and the Walmart Foundation, will continue a project to provide social and emotional learning opportunities for students at Dillon Middle School (DMS) in Dillon, S.C. This project aligns with the commitment of the College of Health Sciences to create wellness in the region.

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Claxton Poultry Brings New Facility to Sylvania
October 21, 2019 - With the snip of some giant scissors, a new poultry processing facility promises to boost the local economy in Georgia. For Claxton Poultry, the Sylvania plant not only expands business, but increases their labor pool. The facility will process chicken exclusively for Chick-fil-A, strengthening a 50-year bond between the two Georgia companies.

“From here we can grab, not only from Screven County and parts of Bulloch County, we can pull from Chatham County as well as Allendale, South Carolina,” said Greg Finch, Claxton Poultry CFO. “So it really kind of expanded our footprint and opportunity for us to be able to produce jobs here in the area.”

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Rabo Frontier Ventures Invests in Mobile Business Platform Tide Through Anthemis Group
October 18, 2019 - Rabo Frontier Ventures (RFV) has invested in the Tide series B investment round, led by SBI Group and Augment. The RFV deal was structured through an SPV that is managed by Anthemis Group, a major early stage investor in Tide and one of the most active fintech investors. Tide is one of the fastest-growing SME business banking platform in the UK, providing an agile banking service designed specifically for SMEs and sole traders to help them save time and money, while providing them with seamless access to a curated offering of the best financial products sourced from third party partners.

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Mountaire Opens $60 Million Feed Mill in North Carolina
October 17, 2019 - Mountaire Farms on Wednesday officially opened its new $60 million feed mill in Scotland County, North Carolina, marking the occasion with a ribbon-cutting celebration attended by state and local government officials.

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Egg Production Assets of Mahard Egg Farm
October 16, 2019 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Mahard Egg Farm, relating to its commercial shell egg production, processing, distribution and sale of shell eggs business. The assets to be acquired, subject to the completion of this transaction, include commercial shell egg production and processing facilities with current capacity for approximately 3.9 million laying hens and permitted capacity for up to 8.0 million laying hens, a feed mill, pullets and related production facilities located in Chillicothe, Texas, and Nebo, Oklahoma, and a distribution warehouse located in Gordonville, Texas. The Company expects to close the transaction in the next few weeks.

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Cargill to Invest $225 Million at Facility in Sidney, Ohio
October 16, 2019 - Cargill is expanding its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney, Ohio, to better serve area farmers and to meet growing demand for protein and refined oils. The company will invest approximately $225 million at the Sidney site, increasing crush capacity and modernizing operations. The investment creates greater market access for farmers’ crops in the area and allows those farmers to deliver their soybeans more efficiently, as the upgraded plant will unload trucks at a much faster rate.

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Lincoln Premium Poultry to Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Costco Poultry Plant
October 16, 2019 - A recently opened Costco poultry processing plant in south Fremont will be having its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. The plant, which is run by Lincoln Premium Poultry, started operations in early September and plans to provide Costco with 2 million birds per week.

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Tyson Foods Shuts Its Yappah
October 15, 2019 - Tyson Foods’ Yappah Chicken Crisps is shutting down, according to yappah.com. In a statement to MEAT+POULTRY, Tyson Foods said, “Yappah! was part of our disruptive innovation model. We have decided not to move forward with it at this time for a variety of reasons, including overall viability. Food waste is still a focus for us.”

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Pilgrim’s Pride Announces Closure of Tulip Limited Acquisition
October 15, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced the completion of the previously announced acquisition of Tulip Ltd from Danish Crown. Tulip Ltd will operate as a business unit within Pilgrim’s. The transaction was unanimously approved by the Pilgrim’s board of directors and was funded with cash on hand, valuing Tulip Ltd at £290 million (or approximately $354 million based on a 1.22 exchange rate as of Aug. 27, 2019).

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JBT Announces Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Release
October 15, 2019 - JBT Corporation will report second quarter 2019 financial results after the market closes on Monday, Oct. 28. A conference call is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

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Cobb Europe Announces Team Restructuring to Further Growth Plans
October 14, 2019 - Cobb Europe announced a team restructuring to support the continued growth plans of the company’s regional operations. Devin Stuart and John Vincent will take on new positions in the company focusing on providing veterinary services to customers and internal production and business development for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, respectively.

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Rose Acre Facility Redesign Emphasizes Food Safety
October 14, 2019 - After egg recall in 2018, Rose Acre Farms has made many changes to sanitation procedures, equipment and employee protocol to minimize risk. Tony Wesner, chief operating officer of Rose Acre Farms, said the company had to step back and evaluate everything it was doing and what it needed to change to meet the standards for food companies in the future.

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Wastewater Treatment Facility Approved for Tyson Plant
October 14, 2019 - Tyson Foods subsidiary AdvancePierre Foods can proceed with the construction of an improved wastewater treatment system to support its operations in Vineland, New Jersey. The Vineland planning board, by a 9-0 vote, approved the improvements. For roughly the past two years, the company utilized a temporary treatment facility to filter wastewater, reported the Daily Journal. The new wastewater treatment system will be built on a now vacant area, according to a plan filed with the city.

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Elanco Confirms Date and Conference Call for Third-Quarter 2019 Financial Results Announcement
October 14, 2019 - Elanco Animal Health will announce its third-quarter 2019 financial results on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Elanco will also conduct a conference call on that day with the investment community and media to further detail the company’s performance. The conference call will begin at 8 a.m. eastern time.

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Sanderson Farms Releases 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report
October 14, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. recently released its 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report highlighting the company’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility by illustrating the many ways why the company believes “it is a good day for chicken.” The 88-page, comprehensive report is the poultry producer’s most in-depth account of corporate responsibility practices to date. Omitting no aspect of corporate citizenship or sustainability, Sanderson Farms’ 2018 report reveals details regarding the company’s approach to fiscal responsibility, employee safety, animal welfare and nutrition, antibiotic usage, food safety, philanthropy, environmental conservation and much more.

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Tyson Foods Gives 10,000 Pounds of Chicken to Benefit Regional Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes
October 13, 2019 - Tyson Foods donated 10,000 pounds of chicken to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma last Wednesday, part of a total 15,000-pound donation to benefit food pantries in 53 counties. This was the third year in a row Walmart, Bimbo Bakeries USA and Tyson Foods teamed up in a partnership with Feeding America to make the large donation to the Regional Food Bank. The three companies donated 15,000 pounds of food – equating to 13,750 meals – including the 10,000 pounds of chicken from Tyson and 5,000 pounds of bread from Bimbo.

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Maple Leaf Foods Inc. 2019 Third Quarter Financial Results Conference Call
October 10, 2019 - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. will report its financial results for the third quarter 2019 on October 30, 2019. The financial results will be released by CNW newswire service.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Completes Plant Expansion in Georgia
October 10, 2019 - Boehringer Ingelheim, a leading provider of animal health products for poultry, pets and livestock, marked the completion of work on Oct. 9, on the expansion of its site in Athens, Georgia. "Today's announcement is representative of the growth and investment Boehringer Ingelheim is making around the United States. It also signals our commitment to a world in which no animal suffers from a preventable disease," said Everett Hoekstra, president of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. "We are excited about what's in store for our company and our communities, and for the future of animal health."

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Hormel Foods to Host Investor Day at the New York Stock Exchange Today
October 10, 2019 - Today, Hormel Foods, a global branded food company, will host its Investor Day at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, and Jim Sheehan, executive vice president and chief financial officer along with nine other senior executives will provide insights on the company’s strategies for delivering sustainable long-term growth. In addition, Snee will outline the Company’s 2020 Path Forward, a set of six strategic initiatives to achieve the company’s key results.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation to Host Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Call on Oct. 31, 2019
October 10, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced that it will host its third quarter 2019 earnings conference call and webcast on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 at 7 a.m. MT (9 a.m. ET). Prepared remarks regarding the company’s financial and operational results will be followed by a question and answer period with Pilgrim’s executive management team.

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Novus Announces CEO Succession Plan
October 10, 2019 - Novus International, Inc., announced that François Fraudeau plans to retire as president and chief executive officer after 28 successful years with the company. Novus’s board of directors has decided to hire a former Novus executive, Dan Meagher, to be the next president and CEO, effective April 1, 2020. To ensure a smooth transition, Dan will join the company on Oct. 14 as executive vice president and general manager prior to assuming the role of president and CEO in April. Dan Meagher previously held the position of president and chief executive officer with Agrivida, Inc.

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$100,000 Perdue Foundation Grant Enables Hope and Life Outreach (HALO) to Build New Men’s Bathrooms-Showers at Maryland Homeless Shelter
October 10, 2019 - As part of a company commitment to strengthen our communities, Perdue Farms has awarded a $100,000 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to enable Hope and Life Outreach (HALO) Ministries to expand bathroom and shower facilities at HALO’s homeless shelter. Perdue also delivered a six-month supply of chicken to help serve those in need through the HALO Café.

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Butterball Debuts Inaugural Social Responsibility Report
October 8, 2019 - Butterball launched its inaugural corporate social responsibility report, “The Butterball Way,” which showcases how Butterball delivered responsible, sustainable food and agriculture practices in 2018. This first report also outlines goals for continued growth in the years ahead.

“We’ve seen an increasing demand for greater transparency in sustainable business practices from those who serve, sell and consume Butterball products. Publishing this first public-facing corporate social responsibility report underscores our commitment to responsible food production and agricultural practices,” says Butterball President and CEO, Jay Jandrain. “We hold ourselves to a high standard of excellence for how we do business, from our commitment to our people and the care and well-being of our turkeys to our stewardship of the environment and the way we give back to our communities. We know the impact we can have, and we’re proud to share our accomplishments, continued efforts and goals for the future.”

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Novus International: Missouri Research Farm Celebrates 10 Years of Scientific Discovery
October 8, 2019 - Green Acres Farm opened in rural Missouri in 2009 and has since been supporting customers by supplying the animal agriculture industry with innovative research and feed additive solutions to help producers feed the world. On Oct. 4, employees of Novus International, Inc., which owns and operates Green Acres, along with their families and community partners gathered at the farm for a private celebration to recognize and highlight the significance of the hundreds of scientific discoveries made possible through the facility and its staff.

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Pilgrim’s Invests in Future with ‘Tomorrow Fund’
October 8, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation has launched the Pilgrim’s Tomorrow Fund, a scholarship program to support the company’s team members and their direct dependents seeking financial solutions for college.

“In support of our vision to become the best and most respected company in our industry, creating the opportunity of a better future for our team members, we are establishing the Pilgrim’s Tomorrow Fund,” said Pilgrim’s Global President and CEO Jayson Penn. “We are excited to help realize the dreams of our team and their family members through a free college education.”

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Perdue Farms Donates Thousands to American Cancer Society
October 8, 2019 - A local company has raised some of the most money in the country to benefit the American Cancer Society. Perdue Farms in Bertie County, North Carolina, is donating $143,000 to the American Cancer Society. The money is in support of Bertie County's Relay for Life campaign.

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Cargill Launches Feeding Intelligence Platform to Support Farmers and Help Them Tackle Today’s Complex Animal Nutrition and Health Challenges
October 8, 2019 - Cargill introduced Feeding Intelligence, a new platform aimed at helping animal farmers navigate the changing food production landscape while raising awareness of their role as everyday heroes. “Today’s farmers face countless challenges, from keeping up with a rapidly changing industry to navigating the demands of consumers around the way animals are raised,” said David Webster, president of Cargill’s Animal Nutrition & Health business. “They are the heroes who nourish the growing world. But being a hero is a difficult job. That’s why Cargill is committed to supporting those who feed the world, equipping them with the resources, tools and solutions necessary to raise animals more sustainability, more responsibly—more intelligently.”

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Tyson Foods Community Pantry Program Expands in Arkansas
October 7, 2019 - Tyson Foods announced its Community Pantry Program has expanded in Northwest Arkansas. Tyson Foods announced a $30,000 grant and donation of 30,000 pounds of protein to Mercy Mall pantry to help address food insecurity in Washington County. Since the beginning of 2019, the company has awarded grants to the following 11 pantries in eight states, totaling $180,000 and donated a total of 302,634 pounds of protein.

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PERDUE® Bolsters its New Alternative Protein Product Line with New, National Integrated Marketing Campaign
October 7, 2019 - PERDUE® has launched a new, national 360-degree marketing campaign to spotlight the brand’s new product line of CHICKEN PLUS™ nuggets, tenders and patties blended with a 1/4 cup of vegetables hidden in each serving. Airing nationally, the campaign’s TV commercials star Ryan and Chris Perdue, part of the fourth generation of Perdues working in the family business, their father, company Chairman Jim Perdue, and a cafeteria full of non-actor students at Castle Heights Elementary School in Los Angeles, California.

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George’s Inc. and Simmons Foods Recognized for Their Impact Across the Nation
October 7, 2019 - Economics Arkansas hosted its 2019 Excellence In Free Enterprise Awards Monday, Oct. 7, and George’s Inc. and Simmons Foods were recognized as champions of free enterprise for growing the nation’s largest poultry companies.

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Foster Farms Wins Bid for Zacky Farms Remnant
October 4, 2019 - In a compromise settlement between the lender companies in the Zacky Farms bankruptcy, California’s largest poultry producer, Foster Farms, has won the bidding to acquire 19 former Zacky Farms ranches in the Central Valley.

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Joost Weel Appointed as Managing Director Meyn Food Processing Technology
October 4, 2019 - CTB, Inc., has appointed Joost Weel as the new managing director of Meyn Food Processing Technology. In his new role Joost will lead the company with the focus on customers and innovation to continue the company’s worldwide success. Weel has been with the company for nine years and joined Meyn in 2011 as a group controller to be promoted in 2015 to CFO.

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Wayne Farms and Crescent Foods Expand Halal Product Offerings
October 4, 2019 - Wayne Farms LLC announced an expansion of Halal-compliant, frozen chicken product offerings for foodservice, deli, retail and club customers in conjunction with Crescent Foods, a known leader in the Halal market segment.

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Zoetis Names Kristin Peck to Succeed Juan Ramón Alaix as CEO on Jan. 1, 2020
October 3, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. announced that Kristin Peck will succeed Juan Ramón Alaix as chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2020, and join the board of directors, effective immediately. Alaix, who has been CEO of Zoetis since its formation in 2012, has decided to retire as CEO effective Dec. 31. He will act as an advisor on the leadership transition through Dec. 31, 2020.

Peck currently serves as executive vice president and group president of U.S. Operations, Business Development and Strategy, and she has been a member of the Zoetis executive leadership team since the company’s formation in 2012. She will remain in her current position until the transition is complete on Dec. 31.

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Lancaster County Planning Commission Approves 380,000 Chicken Poultry Operation
October 3, 2019 - A Lincoln Premium Poultry plan comes one step closer to being built. The Lancaster County Planning Commission has approved a special permit for the construction of a massive, 380,000 chicken poultry operation in Lancaster County on a 5-1 vote.

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Zoetis Declares Fourth Quarter 2019 Dividend
October 3, 2019 - The board of directors of Zoetis Inc. has declared a fourth quarter 2019 dividend payable to holders of the company’s common stock of $0.164 per share. The dividend is to be paid on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, to holders of record on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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Jennie-O-Turkey Store Makes Big Food Shelf Donation
October 3, 2019 - Jennie-O Turkey Store Willmar Corporate Office, Benson Avenue Plant and Willmar Avenue Plant, the local manufacturing facilities owned by Hormel Foods Corporation, announced that it has donated $10,000 to the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf to help fight hunger in the community.

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Peter Van Derlyke, Ph.D., CSP., Welcomed as Peco Foods’ First-Ever Corporate Director of Health and Safety
October 1, 2019 - Supporting the core value of prioritizing safety, Peco Foods has hired the company’s first ever Corporate Director of Health and Safety. Dr. Peter Van Derlyke brings more than two decades of safety experience and accreditations to his new role and will be responsible for developing and implementing health and safety programs company wide.

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Case Farms Donates to Caisson Unit
October 1, 2019 - The North Carolina Troopers Association Caisson Unit gets a big boost thanks to Case Farms. Case Farms, the fully-integrated poultry farming and processing group with facilities in Goldsboro, made a $14,000 donation to the Caisson Unit, making a check presentation at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

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Perdue Truckers Hit the Road in Truck Convoy to Benefit Special Olympics Delaware
October 1, 2019 - Twenty-five Perdue truck drivers and their rigs hit the road on recently to participate in Delaware’s leg of the annual truck convoy to benefit Special Olympics. Perdue drivers were among 219 truckers who joined the convoy and traveled the 29-mile route through scenic southern Delaware that began and ended at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The event raised $45,000 for Special Olympics Delaware this year, bringing its 17-year total to more than $645,000.

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Kemin Nutrisurance Opens New Production Facility in Brazil
September 30, 2019 - Kemin Nutrisurance, the global pet food and rendering technologies business unit of Kemin Industries, recently opened its newly expanded 5,000-square-meter production facility in Vargeão, Brazil. The USD$6 million (R$25 million) expansion increases the facility's raw material capacity by 900 percent and finished goods storage by 1,500 percent, allowing Kemin, a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services, to serve more customers in South America and around the globe.

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Zoetis to Host Webcast and Conference Call on Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results
September 30, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. will host a webcast and conference call at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Chief Executive Officer Juan Ramón Alaix and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Glenn David will review third quarter 2019 financial results and respond to questions from financial analysts during the call. Investors and the public may access the live webcast by visiting the Zoetis website at http://investor.zoetis.com/events-presentations. Information on accessing and pre-registering for the webcast is available beginning today. A replay of the webcast will be made available on Nov. 7, 2019.

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Perdue Farms Delivers $20,000 and 44,000 Pounds of Protein to Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
September 30, 2019 - As part of a company commitment to fight hunger, Perdue Farms has delivered a $20,000 grant and 44,000 pounds of protein to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to help children, seniors and families facing food insecurity. The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, provided the grant to continue the company’s support for the Foodbank’s Backpack Program serving children on Virginia’s rural Eastern Shore. Combined with the truckload of protein, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore will be able to provide more than 36,600 meals to residents in Accomack and Northampton counties.

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Cal-Maine Foods Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results
September 30, 2019 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported results for the first quarter (thirteen weeks) ended Aug. 31, 2019. Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 were $241.2 million, a 29.2% decrease, compared to $340.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company reported net loss of $45.8 million, or ($0.94) per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to net income of $12.4 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 include a non-cash impairment charge of $2.9 million related to decommissioning some older, less efficient production facilities as the Company continues to invest in new facilities to meet the increasing demand for specialty eggs and reduce its production costs.

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Elanco Advances Margin Expansion Journey with Business Restructuring
September 30, 2019 - Since its September 2018 initial public offering (IPO), Elanco Animal Health Inc. has continued to evaluate its capabilities, structure and staffing to meet its goal of being an agile, standalone company, focused exclusively on animal health and delivering on its Innovation, Portfolio and Productivity (IPP) strategy. As part of this effort, Elanco is implementing actions to enhance productivity and drive efficiency. The company is announcing its intent to eliminate approximately 250 positions across multiple locations and functions. This includes exiting R&D operations in Prince Edward Island, Canada; ceasing certain operations at the company’s Wusi, China site; and streamlining operations at the Speke, England location.

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The Wenger Group, Inc. Announces Purchase of Risser Grain, LLC
September 30, 2019 - The Wenger Group, Inc. (Wenger), announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the grain and fertilizer operations of Risser Grain, LLC. The transaction includes the acquisition of seven grain operating locations, which provide for the storage and processing of millions of bushels of grain. In addition, Risser’s fertilizer facility and production capacity is one of the largest in Pennsylvania. As part of this transaction, Wenger will also be purchasing the Martinsburg mill, which it recently began operating under a leasing arrangement with an affiliate of Risser.

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Hormel Foods Achieves Nonrenewable Energy Use Reduction Goal and Has Record Year of Giving
September 27, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced it has achieved its nonrenewable energy use reduction goal and had a record year of giving in its latest annual corporate responsibility report. “We are making the world a better place by investing in our people and partners, improving communities around the world and creating products that improve the lives of others,” said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods. “I am extremely proud of our accomplishments as a leading corporate citizen and of all of our team members, partners and suppliers who are part of our efforts. Together we are making meaningful progress on Our Food Journey and will continue to do so.”

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Case Farms Goldsboro Facility Reaches One Million Man Hours Without Lost-Time Accident; Facility Reaches Safety Milestone for Second Time This Year
September 27, 2019 - Case Farms proudly achieved another safety milestone on Saturday, Sept. 14, after working one million hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time accident (LTA) at its Goldsboro processing facility. This is the second time this year that the fully-integrated poultry farming and processing group’s Goldsboro facility has reached this significant milestone.

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Founders of Kemin Industries Receive World Food Prize's Humanitarian Award
September 27, 2019 - The World Food Prize announced that it will honor R.W. and Mary Nelson, founders of Kemin Industries, with the 2019 Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award. The award will be given to the Nelsons for their profound humanitarian commitment as manifested in their outreach to remote parts of distant countries to alleviate the suffering of villagers and help rebuild communities affected by devastating natural disasters as well as their many works of charity and assistance closer to home.

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Marel Celebrates 75 Years of Business in Gainesville, Georgia
September 27, 2019 - On Sept. 26, Marel celebrated 75 years of operations at its location in Gainesville, Georgia. To mark the occasion, the company celebrated with a luncheon where Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black and Georgia State Senator Butch Miller along with executive management from Marel spoke to the audience.

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United Kingdom’s Most Important Innovation Accolade Goes to Bühler’s Optical Sorting
September 26, 2019 - Bühler has received the United Kingdom’s most prestigious innovation award – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – for its optical sorting technology. In an official ceremony, the award was handed over by John Barber, representative Deputy Lieutenant for London Borough of Newham. Johannes Wick, Bühler Group’s CEO for Grains & Food, said: “This breakthrough technology will make the difference for us in the market for years to come. What is now in reach are applications to grade raw materials for composition and to remove invisible contaminations. This will be a major contribution to provide healthy and safe nutrition around the world.”

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Cargill Reports Fiscal 2020 First-Quarter Results
September 26, 2019 - Cargill reported results for the fiscal 2020 first quarter ended Aug. 31, 2019. Key measures include the following.

-Adjusted operating earnings were $908 million, up 3% from $883 million last year. -Net earnings on a U.S. GAAP basis were $915 million, a 10% decrease from last year’s strong comparative of $1.02 billion. -First-quarter revenues rose 1% to $29 billion.

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Cargill Reorganizes Animal Nutrition Unit, Adds Health Products to Feed-Oriented Business
September 25, 2019 - Cargill Inc. is reorganizing its animal-nutrition unit to respond to a growing concern among consumers and farmers over animal health and wellness, the company said. The Minnetonka-based agribusiness is adding the word “health” to its animal-nutrition segment and is creating a new business group within it called Cargill Health Technologies that will focus on digestive health and immunology for farm animals.

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Perdue’s Monterey, Tenn., Operation Associates Achieve Safety Milestone
September 24, 2019 - Associates at Perdue’s cook operation in Monterey, Tenn., achieved a safety milestone recently after working two million consecutive production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began February 2018. “Reaching two million safe work hours is a remarkable, world-class achievement by our associates,” said Jeff Beckman, director of Perdue’s Monterey operation in Monterey, which employs 730 associates. “It’s a tribute to the commitment every single associate in our operation places on working safely each day and watching out for one another.”

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Zoetis Named a Top Company for Working Mothers
September 24, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. announced that it has been named one of Working Mother magazine’s "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" for the sixth consecutive year. The publication selects the top 100 companies in the U.S. that lead in areas of female representation and advancement, benefits, parental leave, childcare and flexible work arrangements.

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Aviagen to Sponsor Master of Avian Medicine Student at University of Georgia
September 24, 2019 - Aviagen has partnered with poultry diagnostics company BioChek to provide a scholarship to a selected veterinarian who will seek a Master of Avian Medicine (MAM) degree at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC) of the University of Georgia’s (UGA’s) College of Veterinary Medicine. This year marks the first in a yearly MAM student sponsorship for Aviagen and BioChek, who share a common vision to promote growth and learning for the benefit of the global poultry industry.

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Hormel Foods Donation Helps Fight Hunger in Wichita
September 24, 2019 - Dold Foods, the local manufacturing facility owned by Hormel Foods Corporation, announced that it has donated $10,000 to The Lord’s Diner to fight hunger in the community. “We are honored to join The Lord’s Diner in fighting hunger in our community,” said Joe Peine, plant manager of Dold Foods. “Our inspired and dedicated employees make it possible for us to help our friends and neighbors in need. We are excited to help do our part in making a difference.”

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Eggland's Best Celebrates A Decade of Supporting Susan G. Komen®
September 24, 2019 - This year marks a decade of Eggland's Best (EB) "going pink" as part of its partnership with Susan G. Komen® in the fight to end breast cancer. Eggland's Best is committed to providing support to help fund Komen's mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

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Marel and Tomra Food Launch Strategic Partnership
September 23, 2019 - The partners aim to bring new sensor-based sorting and processing technologies to optimize value, reduce waste and increase food safety in the global poultry, meat and fish industry.

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Hormel Foods Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend
September 23, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced that its quarterly dividend on the common stock, authorized by the board of directors at 21 cents ($0.21) a share on Sept. 23, will be paid Nov. 15, 2019, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 21, 2019.

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VP of Foodservice Announced at Maple Leaf’s Plant-Based Protein Subsidiary
September 23, 2019 - Ken Komejan has been named vice president of food service for Greenleaf Foods, SPC, a plant-based food company owned by Maple Leaf Foods Inc. In this new role, he will lead the North American food service business for Greenleaf’s Field Roast Grain Meat Co. and Lightlife Foods, Inc. brands. He will be tasked with “defining a strategic vision to accelerate growth and market leadership in the plant-based protein market,” the company said.

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Hy-Line International Identifies Genetic Control of HPAI Resistance
September 23, 2019 - Following the devastating Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the USA egg industry in 2015, Hy-Line International conducted cooperative research with Iowa State University in the USA, University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland, with funding from the Egg Industry Center. This research discovered the potential to identify hens with the genetic predisposition to survive HPAI. Researchers found multiple genetic components that influence the survival of hens following an HPAI infection1. Additionally, it uncovered possible specific immune-related genes2. Genetic tests could correctly differentiate between survivors and controls in up to 80 percent of samples. The ability to identify birds that are more likely to survive without a need to expose them to disease challenge is one advantage of genomic testing.

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Wayne Farms Grows and Diversifies in Changing Market
September 23, 2019 - Wayne Farms, one of the country’s largest poultry companies, is changing quickly to meet what it anticipates will be the demands of the future.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend
September 19, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 (thirty-two cents) per share payable Oct. 15, 2019, to stockholders of record on Oct. 1.

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Tyson Foods Donates Nearly 700,000 Meals for Hunger Relief in Arkansas
September 19, 2019 - Tyson Foods announced a donation of almost 170,000 pounds or nearly 700,000 meals* for Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies throughout Arkansas in honor of Hunger Action Month. The company has donated a total of 3.8 million pounds of product in its home state this year.

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Glencore Agriculture Limited Joins ADM, Bunge, Cargill, COFCO International and LDC in Industry-Wide Initiative to Modernize Global Agriculture Commodity Trade Operations
September 19, 2019 - The industry-wide initiative to modernize global agricultural commodity trade operations announced today that another major partner, Glencore Agriculture Limited, has joined the effort.

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Stephen, Greg and Herb Herbruck Awarded 2019 MABA ‘Leaders and Legends’ Award
September 19, 2019 - The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) honored Stephen, Greg and Herb Herbruck, of Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, with its 2019 Leaders and Legends award at the association’s Outlook Conference on Mackinac Island.

“Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch has been a leader in sustainability and put its hens, employees and community first for more than 60 years, which is why Stephen, Greg and Herb Herbruck are our 2019 Leaders and Legends Award winners,” said Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-business Association. “Herbruck’s has led by example over three generations and will continue to be a leader for generations to come.”

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Evonik Helps Lay the Foundations for IPC Sustainability Push
September 19, 2019 - The International Poultry Council (IPC) has announced its commitment to the sustainable development of the poultry meat sector, delivering benefits for both the planet and people globally. It affirmed the sector’s commitment as a leader in transforming the world through environmental and sustainable practices, in agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ (FAO) Sustainability Development Goals.

Cargill and Rumba Meats Recognize Hispanic Heritage Month
September 18, 2019 - In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cargill and Rumba Meats, its food brand focused on celebrating family and keeping Latino traditions alive, is partnering with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) to award 25 scholarships of $1,000 for post-secondary education. Rumba Meats is also investing in USHLI’s Student Leadership Series program, which serves more than 85,000 high school students, in more than 25 states, annually. The Student Leadership Series is designed to connect students with resources, tools and support to achieve higher education.

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Big Dutchman and AFOS Foundation Begin Training Partnership in Nigeria
September 18, 2019 - The partnership focuses on a dual vocational training for livestock technicians. The aim is to improve the efficiency of local agricultural value chains and create a skilled workforce within the Nigerian agricultural industry.

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Elanco Celebrates IPO Anniversary with Recommitment to Customer Advocacy, Centering on the Power of Healthy Animals
September 18, 2019 - On Sept. 18, Elanco Animal Health publicly marked the first anniversary of its IPO on Sept. 20, 2018 and transformation into an independent public company. In the past year, Elanco has advanced its innovation, portfolio and productivity (IPP) strategy designed to broaden their portfolio and pipeline to bring new solutions to farmers, veterinarians and pet owners.

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Gov. Kemp Announces 100 Tyson Foods’ Jobs in Mitchell County
September 17, 2019 - Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Tyson Foods has expanded its existing facility in Camilla, Georgia, creating 100 new jobs with an investment of $34.2 million. Construction recently wrapped up on the 35,000 square foot expansion, and the construction of a new “mega line” has prompted the company to hire new team members as they ramp up operations in the region.

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Dr. Karl Dawson of Alltech Inducted into the Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky
September 17, 2019 - Complementing his many and varied achievements over the course of an extremely successful career, Dr. Karl Dawson, chairman of Alltech’s scientific advisory board, has been inducted into the Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. The annual award, the highest that the department can bestow, recognizes someone who has made outstanding contributions to the department and to Kentucky animal agriculture.

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DSM Becomes Inaugural Value Chain Partner to the International Egg Commission (IEC)
September 17, 2019 - DSM has become the first value chain partner to the International Egg Commission (IEC), the international trade association representing the producers of eggs and egg products worldwide. Sustainable egg production is crucial in providing the planet’s growing population with an affordable, safe and accessible form of nutrition – now and in the future. The three-year partnership agreement will support sustainable egg production and help drive positive developments in the egg industry.

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Cargill Changes Tack at Texas Turkey Plant
September 17, 2019 - Cargill recently decided to end fresh and frozen whole turkey production at the company’s Turkey & Cooked Meats facility in Waco, Texas, in November this year. In a statement, company spokesman Daniel Sullivan explained that the cooked meats facility, which produces pre-sliced and other deli products, will continue operating. According to the company’s website, the plant was established in 1965. Approximately 27,000 turkeys are processed at the 381,000-sq.-ft. facility each day. More than 650 people work at the plant.

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Huvepharma Opens New Fermentation Plant in Bulgaria
September 16, 2019 - Huvepharma's new fermentation plant in Peshtera, southern Bulgaria opened Sept. 16. The new plant has a total fermentation capacity of 3500m3, enabling Huvepharma to increase its total production capacity by 30% and allowing the company to ferment its entire current product portfolio in one place.

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Perdue’s Perry, Ga., Harvest Operation Associates Achieve Safety Milestone
September 16, 2019 - Associates at Perdue’s harvest operation in Perry, Georgia, achieved a safety milestone recently after working three million consecutive production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began Sept. 4, 2018.

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Perdue Farms Delivers Truckload of Protein to Support Food Bank of the Albemarle’s Ongoing Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts
September 16, 2019 - Perdue Farms has delivered 35,000 pounds of no-antibiotics-ever chicken to the Food Bank of the Albermarle to support their ongoing relief efforts in coastal North Carolina following Hurricane Dorian. “Food Bank of the Albemarle would like to thank Perdue Farms for this incredible donation of protein that will nourish our communities who are suffering the devastation from Hurricane Dorian,” said Liz Reasoner, executive director of the Food Bank of the Albemarle. “Nutritious protein is one of the most-requested items at the food bank, and this generous donation will provide approximately 29,000 meals, and a sense of relief, to those families and individuals in need.”

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Wayne Farms Honors Top Carriers
September 16, 2019 - Wayne Farms awarded its top carriers at a recent event. The awards recognized superior logistics and transportation services and were given to four companies and three individuals. In addition, Wayne Farms recognized 10 “Top On-Time” carriers for outstanding on-time delivery performance, hitting the company goal of 97% OTD for the year. “Last year was a year of change,” says Craig Watkins, Wayne Farms’ director of logistics, noting the introduction of new products, new customers and an upgrade of navigation technology featuring GPS integration and real-time, end-to-end product tracking and management.

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Cargill and Maersk Tankers Join Forces in the Medium Range Segment
September 16, 2019 - Cargill and Maersk Tankers announce a strategic partnership that will improve flexibility for customers and reduce fuel consumption and emissions, whilst having a positive impact on time-charter-equivalent earnings for partners. Cargill will enter its MR fleet into the existing Maersk Tankers MR pool, creating a new joint pool that will significantly increase the scope of their Medium Range (MR) spot tanker business, combining Maersk Tankers’ digital expertise with Cargill’s experience in trading.

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Announces Release Date for First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results
September 16, 2019 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. announced that the Company will release its first quarter fiscal 2020 financial results on Monday, Sept. 30. A press release will be issued prior to the open of market trading.

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Daybreak Foods Gets Some Permits, but Not All
September 13, 2019 - Following the recommendation of the planning commission on Sept. 3, the Lake Mills Town Board unanimously approved the under-the-road permits for Daybreak Foods but not the privilege for the overhead feed conveyor. The under-the-ground permits are for water, wastewater and communication lines under Crossman Road. The over-the-road feed conveyor to take feed from the feed mill to the layer houses was not yet approved and will be looked at again by the board in October. The over-the-road conveyor would be about 35 feet off the ground, constructed on towers on each side of the road.

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Eggland’s Best Empowers Families to Choose Nutritious Foods for National Family Meals Month
September 13, 2019 - Studies show that regular family meals can greatly benefit the health and wellbeing of our children and make families stronger. That's why, during National Family Meals Month™, Eggland's Best (EB) is once again reminding families about the importance of spending time at the table with family, while eating nutritious meals.

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Case Farms Donates $10,000 to the 38th Annual Historic Morganton Festival
September 13, 2019 - Case Farms, a local poultry farming and processing group, recently donated $10,000 to the 38th Annual Historic Morganton Festival. Attracting more than 30,000 visitors and more than 200 vendors to its famous mile and a half of arts and crafts and free outdoor concerts, the sponsorship supports the ongoing festival operations and other community events held in the City of Morganton and produced by Historic Morganton Festival, Inc.

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Hormel Foods Announces Donations Totaling $300,000 to Help End Food Insecurity on Hunger Action Day
September 12, 2019 - In recognition of Hunger Action Day, Hormel Foods Corporation today announced donations totaling $300,000 to over 30 hunger-relief organizations throughout the United States through its Community Donations Program. “As a global branded food company, we are inspired to do our part to help end food insecurity,” said Wendy Watkins, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. “We are proud to support Hunger Action Day and Hunger Action Month by providing these donations and partnering with Feeding America to encourage others to join in the effort to help end hunger.”

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CarVal Investors Partnership to Buy Firm from Cargill
September 12, 2019 - Cargill has agreed to sell its ownership and economic interest in CarVal Investors LLC, an alternative investment fund manager and independently managed subsidiary of Cargill, to a partnership comprised of the firm’s senior management team. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar 2019, pending consents to the change in control from investors in CarVal’s funds.

“Cargill is pleased to sell our interest in CarVal to the senior team that has successfully managed the firm for the past three years,” said Jay Olson, corporate vice president and treasurer of Cargill and chair of the CarVal board of directors. “We reached this decision through a collaborative process and are confident that CarVal will thrive as an employee-owned business.”

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Tyson Foods Names John R. Tyson Chief Sustainability Officer
September 10, 2019 - Tyson Foods announced the appointment of John R. Tyson as chief sustainability officer, effectively immediately. He will report to Noel White, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. Justin Whitmore, who has been serving as Tyson Foods’ chief sustainability officer since 2017, will now turn his full attention to leading Tyson Foods’ growing alternative protein business.

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Maple Leaf Foods Names New Senior VP of Marketing, Innovation
September 10, 2019 - Casey Richards has been named senior vice president of marketing and innovation at Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Richards previously was vice president and general manager of Maple Leaf’s pastry business. Before that, he held marketing and general management positions at Conagra Brands, where he was brand director for Marie Callender’s, and General Mills, where he led marketing efforts for Totino’s, Cheerios and Nature Valley.

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Gavel of AAAP Presidency Passes to Dr. Eric Jensen
September 10, 2019 - Aviagen’s Vice President of Veterinary Services Dr. Eric Jensen has been elected as the new President of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP), replacing outgoing President Dr. Nathaniel Tablante, a Professor at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland.

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Alltech Announces Industry-Wide Survey on Women in Agriculture
September 10, 2019 - The challenges associated with the ever-increasing global population have made it more important than ever for the agri-food industry to be able to perform at its full potential. Inclusion and diversity in the workforce are essential to shaping a sustainable future — and yet, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the gender gap in the food and agriculture industries is extensive. To gather real-world insights into the professional landscape for women in agriculture, Alltech has announced its support of an industry-wide survey. Launched on Sept. 10, this global survey, which will be conducted in partnership with AgriBriefing, aims to collect feedback about the barriers that impede progress and to identify the resources needed to ensure workplace equality. The survey is open to women and men across all sectors of the agri-food industry.

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Tyson Foods Helps Fight Food Insecurity at ATU Campus
September 10, 2019 - Tyson is helping fight food insecurity at the Arkansas Tech University by donating nearly 10,000 pounds of frozen chicken to the university’s Green and Gold Cupboard. The Green and Gold Cupboard is available for university students, faculty and staff. Nutritious food can be found at any given time inside the cupboard. In 2016, Tyson Foods provided a $67,760 grant to help launch the cupboard at the university campus.

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Marel and TOMRA Food Launch Strategic Partnership to Bring New Technologies to the €1,200 Billion Global Poultry, Meat and Fish Market
September 10, 2019 - Marel and TOMRA Food have formed a strategic partnership with the ambition of bringing new sensor-based sorting and processing technologies to optimize value, reduce waste and increase food safety in the global poultry, meat and fish industry.

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The Mosaic Company Discloses Strategic Decisions Prior to Planned Investor Meetings
September 9, 2019 - In advance of upcoming investor meetings, The Mosaic Company announced that it will execute several strategic actions, including initiating a $250 million in stock repurchases under its existing share repurchase authorization, which has $850 million of remaining capacity.

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EW Nutrition, Awarded the 2019 Outstanding Contribution Award for Reducing Antibiotic Resistance in the Layer Industry
September 9, 2019 - On Aug. 28-29, the BBS & Excellent Product Award Ceremony for Reducing Antibiotic Resistance for the Layer Industry was held in Guangzhou. China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reiterated that, starting from Jan. 1, 2020, China's livestock industry will face the challenge of reducing antibiotic resistance. For layer-breeding enterprises, food safety is the bottom line, and the production of safe eggs without drug residue is the most basic requirement. On this occasion, EW Nutrition received the 2019 Outstanding Contribution Award for reducing antibiotic resistance in the layer industry.

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Diamond Green Diesel Evaluating New Plant in Port Arthur, Texas to Expand Production up to 1.1 Billion Gallons Annually
September 9, 2019 - Darling Ingredients Inc. and Valero Energy Corporation ("Valero") are addressing the growing demand for renewable diesel in global, low carbon markets by initiating an advanced engineering and development cost review for a new plant in Port Arthur, Texas. The proposed facility under review would be designed to produce 400 million gallons of renewable diesel annually as well as 40 million gallons of renewable naphtha. The new plant would be owned and operated by Diamond Green Diesel Holdings LLC ("DGD"), the 50/50 joint venture between Darling Ingredients and Valero.

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DSM Appoints Shruti Singhal as President of DSM Engineering Plastics
September 6, 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in Nutrition, Health, and Sustainable Living, announces that Shruti Singhal is appointed President DSM Engineering Plastics effective 1 October 2019. Shruti, a US national, joined DSM in July 2018 as Managing Director Global Powder, Can and Coil and CMO at DSM Resins and Functional Materials. In these roles he successfully turned around the global powder business and built a strong global strategic and marketing organization to position the business for sustainable and innovative growth in the future.

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Podcast: Cargill Celebrates Relationship with Temple Grandin
September 6, 2019 - Temple Grandin, Ph.D., the world’s leading authority on livestock handling and professor of animal science at Colorado State Univ., recently visited Cargill Protein’s new Headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, to commemorate the company’s progress in animal handling. After talking with employees about her life and the evolution of animal handling in the meat and poultry industry, Grandin answered some questions from the media including Editor Joel Crews.

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Bettcher Opens Its Sales Structure in Spain
September 6, 2019 - Starting this month, Bettcher is present in the Spanish market with its own sales structure and direct factory service.

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Sanderson: Tight Labor Market Slows Plant Building Timeline
September 5, 2019 - Sanderson Farms has not announced plans for a new plant, despite its desire to build another facility, due to challenges finding a location with a large enough labor pool, Chief Executive Joe Sanderson said at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference. Given that the company’s newest plant ramping up is in Texas, it would make sense to look for a location on the East Coast, he said, but there is no site in North Carolina currently that has ample labor.

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Tyson Ventures Invests in New Wave Foods
September 5, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc., through its corporate venture subsidiary, Tyson Ventures, has completed an investment in New Wave Foods®. Based in San Francisco, New Wave Foods is focused on producing plant-based shellfish and plans to have a shrimp alternative ready for food service operators in early 2020.

“We’re excited about this investment in the fast-growing segment of the plant-based protein market,” said Amy Tu, president of Tyson Ventures. “This continues our focus of identifying and investing in companies with disruptive products and breakthrough technologies related to our core business so we can continue to serve a growing global population.”

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DSM Celebrates 150 Years of Biotechnology Innovation
September 5, 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, celebrated 150 years of fermentation and biotechnology expertise and innovation at its site in Delft, the Netherlands. Building on the strong foundation of its predecessors Royal Dutch Yeast and Spirit Factory and Royal Gist-brocades, today’s biotechnology competences and expertise rank DSM among the top three companies in the world in industrial biotechnology. Twenty percent of DSM’s total sales are derived from biotechnology. DSM’s nutrition business, which nowadays represents 70% of DSM’s net sales, started in Delft with yeast and enzymes for use in food and beverages.

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Claessens Joins Marel´s Executive Team as Executive Vice President of Marel Poultry
September 2, 2019 - Roger Claessens has taken over from Anton de Weerd as executive vice president of Marel Poultry and will become a member of Marel´s Executive Team, reporting directly to CEO Árni Oddur Thórdarson. Claessens has been with Marel for more than 18 years and most recently as director of innovation Marel Poultry.

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Tyson Foods Partners with Grupo Vibra to Continue Its Global Growth Strategy
August 30, 2019 - As part of its global growth strategy, Tyson Foods, Inc. has reached an agreement to invest in the foods division of Grupo Vibra (“Vibra Foods”), a Brazilian producer and exporter of poultry products. Once completed, the deal will give Tyson Foods more flexibility in serving customers in key global markets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the transaction is still subject to approval by Brazilian regulators.

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Andrew Jacob Appointed to Succeed Ann Trakimas as CoBank’s Chief Operating Officer
August 30, 2019 - CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced that Andrew Jacob will succeed Ann Trakimas as the bank’s Chief Operating Officer. Trakimas will retire from the bank at the end of 2019.

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Hy-Line Donation Funds Future Research
August 29, 2019 - Hy-Line International, along with its sister company, Hy-Line North America, recently made a sizable donation for future research in poultry genetics, breeding, nutrition, air quality and environment control at the new Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm at Iowa State University. The Hy-Line Genetics Research Wing will focus on unique genetic lines developed and maintained at Iowa State for decades.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Reports Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2019
August 29, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. reported results for the third fiscal quarter and nine months ended July 31. Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 were $945.2 million compared with $852.4 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the company reported net income of $53.4 million, or $2.41 per share, compared with net income of $11.5 million, or $0.50 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

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Maple Leaf’s Plant-Based Protein Subsidiary Announces New COO
August 28, 2019 - Greenleaf Foods SPC, the plant-based protein subsidiary for Maple Leaf Foods, named Adam Grogan as the next chief operating officer starting on Sept. 9. Currently, Grogan works as the senior vice president of marketing, innovation, research and development at Maple Leaf Foods.

“Adam brings tremendous commercial expertise, strong operational experience and leadership to this new role. And, his technological knowledge and capabilities will be invaluable to Greenleaf at this critical juncture in our rapidly growing business,” said Dan Curtin, president of Greenleaf Foods, SPC. “Adam’s passion and ability to deliver breakthrough innovation and his alignment to our purpose driven mission will also enable us to serve our customers well as they seek delicious and nutritious options both nationally and globally.”

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Perdue Foundation Awards $50,000 to The Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation to Support Young Farmers
August 28, 2019 - Perdue Farms is supporting young farmers and the future of sustainable agriculture through a $50,000 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to the Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation. The gift will be used to help award scholarships to the children of Niman Ranch farmers and ranchers so they can return to their family farms and help rural communities thrive for future generations.

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Gerber Poultry Pride
August 28, 2019 - Even though Gerber Poultry Inc. processes a half million birds per week, its operations only represent about one-fourth of 1 percent of the US broiler industry. The company, located in the northeast Ohio town of Kidron, is a relatively small player in the poultry market, but in its 68 years of operations Gerber has stayed true to its company motto and has always sought to produce quality chicken “worth crowing about.”

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Pilgrim’s to Acquire Tulip Limited, Creating Integrated Prepared Foods Leader in Europe
August 28, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced that it has signed a contract to acquire Tulip Limited, a leading, integrated prepared foods supplier with 12 fresh and value-added operations in the United Kingdom, from Danish Crown. The transaction solidifies Pilgrim’s as a leading European food company, creating one of the largest integrated prepared foods businesses in the UK with a portfolio of brands and retail private label solutions.

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Cargill Invests Additional $75 Million to Propel PURIS Pea Protein Production in the US to Meet Surging Market Demand
August 28, 2019 - Cargill has invested an additional $75 million in PURIS, the largest North American producer of pea protein. The investment enables PURIS to more than double its pea protein production using an existing 200,000 square-foot facility in Dawson, Minesota. This investment will position PURIS to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for its category leading pea proteins, starches and fibers all grown and produced through its unique vertically integrated and transparent supply chain.

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Premier Tech Forms Strategic Co-Operation with Bühler
August 27, 2019 - Premier Tech is proud to announce the formation of a strategic co-operation for industrial flexible packaging solutions with Swiss Bühler Group. Both companies will be working together to build a design and manufacturing center in China by 2020. The two technology and market-leading companies — Premier Tech in packaging and Bühler in grain and food processing — are now establishing this strategic co-operation to meet market demands and create new cost-effective packaging solutions. Premier Tech will contribute with its superior packaging expertise and technological leadership in this field, whereas Bühler will bring in its know-how of high-quality manufacturing and supply chain management in China as well as its digital solutions.

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Bettcher Industries Celebrates 75 years of Trimmer Expertise from Ohio
August 27, 2019 - Bettcher Industries turns 75. The world's leading manufacturer of innovative cutting and trimming tools for the meat processing industry celebrated its anniversary at the company’s headquarters in Birmingham, Ohio. Larry Bettcher, company founder and former CEO, took present and former employees and their families on an exciting journey through the history of Bettcher Industries.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results, Presents Financial Guidance
August 27, 2019 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced its financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2019 and presented financial guidance for the new fiscal year. Highlights for the June 2019 quarter (compared to the June 2018 quarter) include the following.

- Net sales of $204 million, a decrease of $8 million, or 4% - Net income of $9 million, a decrease of $13 million, or 60% - Diluted EPS of $0.22, a decrease of $0.33, or 60% - Adjusted EBITDA of $26 million, a decrease of $7 million, or 20% - Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.33, a decrease of $0.13, or 28%

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Cobb Europe Recognizes Talent as Part of Business Growth Plans
August 27, 2019 - Cobb Europe announced the promotion of two team members to better support the continued growth of company’s regional operations. Dominic Smith and Paul Welten will take on new responsibilities to position the company to better meet growing demand for Cobb products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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Rose Acre Farms Team Members Graduate from Dale Carnegie Professional Development Course
August 27, 2019 - Team Members from Rose Acre Farms’ Northern Indiana locations graduated from the Dale Carnegie professional development course on Aug. 22. The Dale Carnegie course is a customized curriculum that seeks to enhance participants’ personal and professional relationships through exercises focusing on public speaking, self-confidence and strategic organization. Nine graduates. including Dane Helle, Joey Shepherd, Rita Miller, Austin Byrd, Erica Harness, Eric Czahor, Brooke McGill, John Kondas, Kellie Shepherd and Matt Fox, received Certificates of Achievement for completing the course at a graduation ceremony in Remington, Indiana.

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Eggland's Best Launches 2019 EB Better Family Meals Program
August 27, 2019 - Because enjoying meals together can have a powerful, lasting impact on family health, Eggland's Best (EB) is launching its Better Family Meals Program to help educate families on the importance of spending time together and eating nutritious meals. The announcement comes just ahead of National Family Meals Month™ in September.

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Perdue Southeast DC Associates Partner with United Way and Second Harvest Food Bank to Help Feed Georgia Families in Effingham County
August 26, 2019 - Perdue associates from the company’s distribution center in Rincon, Ga., recently joined the United Way of the Coastal Empire and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia to feed more than 300 Effingham County families at a mobile food pantry. Perdue associates joined volunteers from Lineage Logistics to hand out pre-packed boxes of food prepared by America’s Second Harvest during the distribution at Springfield Recreational Park. A family of four will be able to have several days’ worth of meals with one box.

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CoBank Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
August 26, 2019 - “We experienced a year-over-year decline in net income due to the effect of non-recurring items recorded in 2018 in combination with a number of marketplace trends that have impacted core earnings. That said, CoBank continues to generate robust earnings and remains in strong financial condition overall. We are investing in the business in order to build our long-term capabilities and enhance the value and level of service we provide to our customers,” said Thomas Halverson, president and CEO, CoBank.

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Aviagen Opens Its Ninth and Largest Hatchery in US
August 23, 2019 - To meet a growing demand for quality broiler breeding stock around the world, Aviagen® has built a new parent stock hatchery in Quitman, Georgia. The grand opening ceremony was held on Aug. 22, where Aviagen CEO Jan Henriksen welcomed and extended his appreciation to Quitman Mayor Nancy Dennard, other state and local government officials, and many who played a significant role in establishing the new facility.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation to Host Analyst Day on Sept. 18
August 22, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation will hold an Analyst Day at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Members of senior management will be discussing with investors and analysts the company's strategy and its sources of competitive advantages. Pilgrim’s Pride CEO Jayson Penn will kick off the meeting at 10:30 a.m. ET. Other members of senior management will take part throughout the day and the event will conclude with a question and answer session.

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Hormel Foods Reports Third Quarter Results
August 22, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. All comparisons are to the third quarter of fiscal 2018 unless otherwise noted. Results reflect the divestiture of the CytoSport business. The impact of this transaction is excluded in the presentation of the non-GAAP measures below.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: -Volume of 1.1 billion lbs., down 4%; organic volume down 1% -Net sales of $2.3 billion, down 3%; organic net sales flat -Pretax earnings of $261 million, up 1% -Operating margin of 11.2% compared to 10.9% last year -Effective tax rate of 23.6% compared to 18.4% last year -Diluted earnings per share of $0.37, down 5% due to a higher effective tax rate -Year-to-date cash flow from operations of $573 million, down 23% due to higher working capital -Fiscal 2019 earnings guidance reaffirmed at $1.71 to $1.85 per share

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Terry Tucker, CEO of Maple Leaf Farms, Honored with AgriVision Award
August 22, 2019 - Maple Leaf Farms CEO Terry Tucker was recently honored with Indiana's highest agricultural award, the AgriVision Award, during a ceremony at the 2019 Indiana State Fair. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler made the presentation as part of ISDA's day-long celebration of agriculture at the state fair.

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Aviagen Begins Construction on Another Pedigree Farm
August 21, 2019 - As poults are settling in at Aviagen’s new pedigree farm in West Virginia, another farm is well on its way, the company said this week. In May, Aviagen unveiled its $3.5 million facility, and turkey poults were placed in June. At the time, Aviagen president Jihad Douglas said the company must continuously invest in its infrastructure, announcing that it had purchased land and would soon start work on a third new farm. That third farm is now officially underway as the ground has been leveled and footers are being poured. The new pedigree rearing farm is also located in Monroe County, W.Va. It will include three barns, and each will house up to 10,000 pedigree turkey poults, Aviagen said.

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Tyson Foods Gives $50,000 Grant to Alpine School District
August 21, 2019 - Tyson Foods announced at the Cedar Valley High School grand opening Aug. 17 a $50,000 grant to the Alpine School District’s Christa McAuliffe Space Center and Planetarium. The investment is part of a larger capital campaign to add simulators, upgrade existing simulators and install a permanent planetarium dome.

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Cargill to Open Innovation Lab at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
August 21, 2019 - University of Illinois students focused on solving some of the world’s greatest challenges across the global food and agriculture systems will soon have a new space to test their work thanks to a partnership with Cargill. The Research Park at the Urbana-Champaign campus will be the home of the newest Cargill Innovation Lab, the company announced. Led by Cargill’s digital labs team of data scientists, Innovation Lab students and staff will work directly with Cargill business leaders, operations teams and customers to help move digital ideas – in weeks, not months – to test mode.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation to Participate in the Morgan Stanley Annual Global Healthcare Conference
August 21, 2019 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced it will participate in the Morgan Stanley Annual Global Healthcare Conference being held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Bendheim and Chief Financial Officer Richard Johnson will address financial analysts and investors on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at 2:05 PM ET.

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Bell & Evans to Aid Grain Farmers with Organic Transition
August 20, 2019 - Bell & Evans launched its Organic Grain Initiative, which will offer Pennsylvania farmers financial assistance to transition into raising certified organic grains. The organic grain transition and procurement program was introduced to Pennsylvania farmers at two recent agriculture events.

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Elanco Announces Agreement to Acquire Bayer’s Animal Health Business
August 20, 2019 - Elanco Animal Health Incorporated announced it has entered into an agreement with Bayer AG to acquire its animal health business in a transaction valued at US$7.6 billion. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, creates the second largest animal health leader while strengthening and accelerating the company’s proven Innovation, Portfolio and Productivity (IPP) strategy.

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Sanderson Farms to Participate in Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference
August 20, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that management will participate in the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference to be held Sept. 3-5, at The InterContinental Boston in Boston, Massachusetts. The investor presentation by Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, and Mike Cockrell, chief financial officer and treasurer, will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and will be available to investors via a live audio webcast.

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Cargill and Heifer International Expand Hatching Hope to Mexico, Helping Women Farmers Go from Poverty to Prosperity via Poultry
August 20, 2019 - Cargill and Heifer International are ‘hatching hope’ in Mexico, as the co-creators of the Hatching Hope Global Initiative announce their expansion into three southeastern states. This expansion advances Hatching Hope’s bold vision: to improve the nutrition and livelihoods of 100 million people by 2030 through the production, promotion and consumption of poultry.

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Packers Chemical Secures Prominent SQF Level III Certification
August 20, 2019 - PSSI announced that Packers Chemical, its exclusive, in-house chemical provider, has earned its Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Certification Level III Food Safety and Quality. Packers Chemical is the first company in its industry segment to earn this authentication. Internationally recognized SQF certification is an HACCP-based approach to ensure product safety and quality. The certification demonstrates that Packers Chemical has established a process to track and verify the safety and quality of its products.

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Alltech Commits to UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact and the Science Based Targets Initiative
August 19, 2019 - Alltech has taken a significant step toward its sustainability goals and its vision for a Planet of Plenty™. Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, signed a letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations committing Alltech to the U.N. Global Compact focused on positive advancements in human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. In addition, Alltech has committed to nine of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, all United Nations member states adopted the SDGs, which are an urgent call to action by all countries. Each SDG has specific, actionable targets that contribute to the overall goal.

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Tyson Foods to Webcast Barclays Conference Presentation
August 19, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. will webcast its presentation at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference on Wed., Sept. 4, at 8:15 a.m. EDT. Representing Tyson Foods will be Stewart Glendinning, executive vice president and CFO; Chad Martin, group president of poultry; and Noelle O’Mara, group president of prepared foods.

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CoBank: The Currency Shift That Really Matters to Agriculture
August 19, 2019 - Currencies have been all the buzz of late. China’s decision to reduce support for the yuan in early August sent markets into a tailspin and triggered some central banks in Asia and Oceania to cut interest rates. Markets and policy makers feared that a currency war was suddenly afoot, and China’s devaluation could stoke a destabilizing race to the bottom in global currencies and interest rates.

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Cobb-Vantress Receives NPIP U.S. Avian Influenza Clean Compartmentalization Certification
August 16, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) recently certified Cobb-Vantress’ U.S. operations as an Avian Influenza (AI) Clean Compartment, helping to continue Cobb’s promise of making quality protein accessible worldwide. The company’s U.S.-based pure-line facilities, including pedigree and great-grandparent farms, feed mills and hatcheries, were certified after extensive USDA/NPIP auditing that confirmed all biosecurity and flock management practices met program requirements. This was a complex process that took more than two years of planning, preparation and auditing to complete. The designation makes Cobb the only poultry breeding company to have attained four such certifications, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Brazil and now the United States.

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Mountaire Awards $70,000 in Scholarship Funds to Students
August 15, 2019 - Mountaire Farms, the nation’s sixth largest chicken producer, recently awarded 28 students with $2,500 scholarships to help them pay for college. Children and grandchildren of employees, growers and grain suppliers are all eligible for the scholarships, which were announced at luncheons in Delaware and North Carolina recently.

“We are proud of this program because it embraces everything that we care about — our employees, our growers, our grain producers and their families,” said Phillip Plylar, president of Mountaire Farms. “And these students have all demonstrated a commitment to their education, and to their communities, which we believe should be celebrated.”

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Zoetis to Participate in the Morgan Stanley 17th Annual Global Healthcare Conference
August 15, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. will participate in the Morgan Stanley 17th Annual Global Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in New York, N.Y. Glenn David, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Kristin Peck, executive vice president and group president, U.S. Operations, Business Development and Strategy, will represent the company and respond to questions from analysts. They are scheduled to present at 12:20 p.m. ET.

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Aviagen Huntsville Awarded Best Place to Work
August 14, 2019 - Aviagen was recently named one of the 20 best places to work in Huntsville, Alabama, by online career expert Zippia. Each year Zippia publishes its top 20 ranking, and Aviagen made the list for 2018. The metrics include salary, company financial health and employee diversity (e.g.; race, gender, education and politics).

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Pilgrim’s Releases 2018 Sustainability Report
August 14, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced the release of its 2018 Sustainability Report. The interactive digital report provides a comprehensive overview of the company’s recent achievements and progress toward 2020 sustainability goals.

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Zoetis Completes Acquisition of Platinum Performance, a Leading Nutrition-Focused Animal Health Business
August 14, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. today announced the completion of the acquisition of Platinum Performance, a privately-held nutrition-focused animal heath company, after fulfilling all closing requirements. The acquisition was first announced on July 22, and financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. to Host Its Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Conference Call
August 13, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that it will host its third quarter fiscal 2019 earnings conference call at 10 a.m. Central time, 11 a.m. Eastern time, on Thursday, Aug. 29. During this call, management will comment on Sanderson Farms’ financial and operating results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2019. Those who wish to participate in the call may do so by dialing 888-394-8218 (Conference Code 8585385).

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Elanco Animal Health Reports Second Quarter Results, Including Strong EPS and Gross Margin Improvement
August 13, 2019 - Elanco Animal Health Incorporated reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2019. The results reflect underlying price and volume growth, and improved profitability through execution of the company's targeted, three-pillar strategy focused on Innovation, Portfolio and Productivity (IPP).

- Earnings per share (EPS) improved to $0.10 (reported), or $0.28 (adjusted) for the second quarter 2019 - Gross margin improved to 54.5 percent of revenue (reported), or 54.6 percent of revenue (adjusted) for the second quarter 2019 - Total Revenue in the second quarter of 2019 increased 1 percent to $781.6 million; Total and Core Revenue grew 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively, at constant currency rates - Completed acquisition of Aratana Therapeutics and Prevtec Microbia; Announced R&D collaboration with AgBiome - Expected 2019 revenue now between $3.08 billion and $3.12 billion, reducing the top end of the range by $20 million primarily due to increased headwinds from African Swine Fever; reflects Core constant currency growth up to 4 percent - Expected 2019 EPS range narrowed to $0.36 to $0.44 (reported), or $1.04 to $1.10 (adjusted)

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Cargill Highlights Hatching Hope Poultry Aid Initiative
August 12, 2019 - Cargill has highlighted its input into a global poultry aid project that aims to benefit 100 million people by 2030. The company teamed up with livestock aid charity Heifer International earlier this year to launch the Hatching Hope Global Initiative, using poultry production to open new opportunities for women farmers to strengthen their communities. Starting work in India, Mexico and Kenya, Hatching Hope is offering training based on Cargill’s animal nutrition expertise to help farmers expand and improve their poultry production in a sustainable way. Programming will ensure farmers are connected to the products, services and markets they need to grow their businesses.

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Tyson Foods Appoints O’Mara Prepared Foods Leader
August 12, 2019 - Tyson Foods named Chief Marketing Officer Noelle O’Mara to lead its growing prepared foods business. O’Mara’s new role involves managing all aspects of Tyson Foods’ $9 billion prepared foods business, which includes billion-dollar brands Tyson, Jimmy Dean and Hillshire Farm. The job also includes oversight of one-third of Tyson Foods’ manufacturing facilities and more than 25,000 team members.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Opens Animal Health Management Centre in China
August 12, 2019 - Boehringer Ingelheim announces the opening of the Boehringer Ingelheim Health Management Centre (HMC), again boosting Boehringer Ingelheim’s investment in China. The HMC records the first of its kind established by a multinational animal health company in China. Designed for world leading veterinary reference laboratories, the center integrates animal disease and health diagnostics as well as monitoring tools to maintain and enhance animal health.

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JBT Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend
August 9, 2019 - JBT Corporation announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share of outstanding common stock. The dividend will be payable on Sept. 3, 2019 to stockholders of record at the close of business on Aug. 19, 2019.

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New Facility to Boost Tyson Foods’ Automation and Robotics Efforts
August 8, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc. has created a new, state-of-the-art facility designed to help the company develop more automation and robotics for its food production plants. The Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center (TMAC) officially opened in downtown Springdale today. The center provides space for the development of new manufacturing solutions and collaboration with the company’s information technology team and equipment suppliers. It also serves as a location for team member training on new technology.

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Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
August 7, 2019 - Darling Ingredients Inc. announced financial results for the 2019 second quarter ended June 29. Second Quarter 2019 highlights include the following.

-Revenue of $827.3 million -Net income of $26.3 million, or $0.16 per GAAP diluted share -Adjusted EBITDA of $115.5 million -Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) delivers $1.25 EBITDA per gallon -Consolidated adjusted pro forma EBITDA $159.4 million -DGD issued partner dividend of $17.7 million in April 2019, with a subsequent dividend of $37.8 million in July 2019 -US bond refinanced, lowering borrowing cost and extending maturity with extinguishment costs incurred in quarter

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Wayne Farms Introduces All Natural* Ladybird™ Premium Chicken Brand
August 6, 2019 - After a successful market entry and a round of market tests, Wayne Farms LLC is launching its new brand LADYBIRD™ Premium Chicken in select Northeast locations and planning wider distribution by the end of the year.

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Maple Leaf Foods Releases 2018 Sustainability Report
August 6, 2019 - Maple Leaf Foods announced the release of its 2018 Sustainability Report which outlines the company's key achievements over the past year and targets for the current year. Producing protein is essential in nourishing billions of people, but also utilizes significant resources. Becoming a sustainable protein company is a journey Maple Leaf Foods has been on for several years, and while work remains to be done, meaningful progress has been accomplished in 2018.

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Zoetis Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results
August 6, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2019 and raised its guidance for full year 2019.

-Reported revenue of $1.5 billion, growing 9%, and net income of $371 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, decreasing 3%, on a reported basis for second quarter 2019 -Reported adjusted net income of $436 million, or adjusted diluted eps of $0.90, for second quarter 2019 -Delivered 14% operational growth in revenue and 17% operational growth in adjusted net income for second quarter 2019 -Raised full year 2019 revenue guidance to $6.175 - $6.275 billion and diluted eps of $2.93 - $3.04 on a reported basis, or $3.53 - $3.60 on an adjusted basis

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Sanderson Farms Celebrates Women in Agriculture
August 6, 2019 - From the farm to the conference room, women are thriving in all facets of the agriculture industry. As the industry is challenged to produce more food more efficiently, female professionals are answering the call. Women producers now make up 36 percent of farmers, a 27 percent increase from 2012, according to the latest Census of Agriculture. Women account for 46 percent of Sanderson Farms employees, 28 percent of the management team, and 40 percent of board members. First launched in 2018, Sanderson Farms’ Women in Agriculture series seeks to spotlight hard-working professionals in vital roles across the company. While these women come from different life, educational, and career backgrounds, they all bring invaluable contributions to the industry. Each week during the month of August, Sanderson Farms will release a new Women in Agriculture profile on its corporate blog and social media platforms.

“With so many dedicated and highly skilled women making a different at Sanderson Farms, it only made sense to continue this campaign,” said Hilary Burroughs, Director of Marketing. “We hope their stories will help people understand the variety of opportunities within the agriculture industry.”

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Perdue AgriBusiness LLC Announces Purchase of Hart AgStrong Assets
August 6, 2019 - Perdue AgriBusiness LLC is pleased to announce it has purchased the assets of Hart AgStrong LLC (AgStrong) for an undisclosed amount. The deal was closed Monday. The purchase includes two oilseed expeller crushing facilities in Bowersville, Georgia and Trenton, Kentucky, processing organic and non-GMO soybeans, HEAR (high erucic acid rapeseed), canola and high oleic sunflower, as well as an organic specialty oil refinery at the Bowersville facility. The facilities produce organic and non-GMO oils sold to food and industrial product manufacturers and meal for organic and non-GMO animal feeding operations in the southeastern U.S. The AgStrong asset purchase will allow the company to fully supply Perdue Foods’ cooking plants in Perry, Georgia, and Bridgewater, Virginia.

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Hormel Foods Corporation Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call
August 6, 2019 - Hormel Foods Corporation offers an invitation to participate in a conference call with Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, and Jim Sheehan, executive vice president and chief financial officer, to discuss the company’s third quarter financial results. The company will issue its earnings press release before the markets open on Thursday, Aug. 22 and will host a conference call at 8 a.m. CT (9 a.m. ET).

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation to Host Webcast and Conference Call on Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Results
August 6, 2019 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation expects to announce its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 financial results and fiscal year 2020 financial guidance on Tuesday, Aug. 27, after the market closes. Phibro management will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 9 AM Eastern Time. Interested parties are invited to listen to the conference call and view the presentation slides by visiting http://investors.pahc.com. The discussion will also be available by dialing +1 (877) 853-5634 in the U.S. and Canada, or +1 (315) 625-6893 for international callers. Provide the conference ID 1266589.

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Labeling Lawsuit against Sanderson Farms Dismissed
August 6, 2019 - A U.S. district court judge recently dismissed a lawsuit, filed in 2017, against Sanderson Farms alleging that the company falsely promoted its chicken as “100% natural.” In the lawsuit, activist groups Friends of Earth and the Center for Food Safety claimed that they had lost money or property diverting resources as a result of Sanderson’s “false” advertising. In his order to dismiss, Judge Richard Seeborg said the plaintiffs could not prove that the advertising was specifically related to Sanderson’s claims, explaining, “they were continuations on non-Sanderson-specific initiatives plaintiffs were undertaking in furtherance of their missions to address antibiotic use generally.”

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Perdue Farms Delivers $10,000 and 40,000 Pounds of Chicken to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to Continue School Mobile Pantry Program in Concord, N.C.
August 5, 2019 - As part of its commitment to hunger relief, Perdue Farms delivered a $10,000 grant and 40,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to continue a school-based mobile pantry in Cabarrus County at Winecoff Elementary School in Concord for the upcoming school year. The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation – the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms – provided the grant.

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Perdue Associates and Spot Farms® Deliver 3,000 Pounds of Pet Food to Western Indiana Animal Shelters
August 5, 2019 - Perdue Farms associates at the company’s operations based in Washington, Ind., and family owned Spot Farms® recently delivered nearly 3,000 pounds of pet food to three animal shelters in western Indiana.

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Tyson Foods Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
August 5, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc., one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein with leading brands including Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp and State Fair, reported the following results.

First Nine Months Highlights: - GAAP EPS of $4.51, down 33% from record prior year (prior year included a one-time tax benefit of $2.71) - Adjusted EPS of $4.25, down 7% from record prior year - GAAP operating income of $2,223 million; Adjusted operating income of $2,291 million - Total Company GAAP operating margin of 7.1%; Adjusted operating margin of 7.3% - Record Prepared Foods GAAP operating margin of 11.8% and record Adjusted operating margin of 12.0% - Record Beef GAAP and Adjusted operating margins of 6.1% - Repurchased 3.4 million shares for $225 million

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Hormel Foods Featured on Selling Power’s 50 Best Companies to Sell for List in 2019
August 5, 2019 - Each year, the corporate research team at Selling Power magazine assembles and publishes its list of the 50 Best Companies to Sell For. This is the 19th consecutive year the list has appeared in the magazine. “Hormel Foods is a great place to work and we take great pride in our top-notch benefits and training programs,” said Janet Hogan, senior vice president of human resources at Hormel Foods. “We are honored to be named and known as one of the top companies to sell for.”

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Sealed Air Reports Second Quarter Results
August 2, 2019 - Sealed Air Corporation announced financial results for the second quarter 2019. Highlights include the following.

- Net Sales of $1.2 billion increased 1% as reported and 4% in constant dollars - Net Earnings of $26 million or $0.16 per share, down 69%; Adjusted Net Earnings of $125 million or $0.80 per share, up 25% - Reinvent SEE driving Adjusted EBITDA growth of 9% to $237 million; Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 160 bps to 20% of sales - Completes strategic acquisition of Automated Packaging Systems on August 1, 2019 - Raises 2019 Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS guidance

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Biomin: Mycotoxin Survey in US Corn, August 2019 Update
August 2, 2019 - The August update from the annual Biomin PROcheck mycotoxin survey in corn harvested in 2018 includes 691 samples from 32 states. Of the sample pool 67% are corn samples (466 samples), 21% are corn silage (146 samples), and 11% are corn by-product (79). Of the total sample pool 97% tested positive for at least one mycotoxin vs. 91% in 2017, while 74% of samples had more than one mycotoxin compared to 47% in 2017.

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House of Raeford Honored with Louisiana Wastewater Award
August 1, 2019 - House of Raeford Farms received highest honors this year at the Louisiana Rural Water Association (LRWA) Annual Awards Banquet naming its Arcadia, Louisiana, processing plant as Private System of the Year. In addition, the Arcadia operation’s Jimmy Adams was one of the finalists for Wastewater System Operator of the Year for northern Louisiana. The LRWA recently presented the awards at their 34th Annual Training and Technical Conference held in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The LRWA Awards Program recognizes the outstanding efforts of Rural Water and Wastewater Systems and their personnel.

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DSM Reports H1 2019 Results
August 1, 2019 - Following are highlights from DSM’s H1 2019 results:

- Group sales +3%, Adjusted EBITDA up 12% (including 3% from IFRS 16) - Nutrition: organic sales +4%, Adjusted EBITDA up 13% (including 2% from IFRS 16) - Materials: organic sales -6%, Adjusted EBITDA flat (including 1% from IFRS 16) - Adjusted Net Operating Free Cash Flow €257m, up 14% versus H1 2018 - Total Net profit €401m, up versus H1 2018 of €633m when correcting for the temporary vitamin effect of €275m EBITDA following an exceptional supply disruption in the industry - Interim dividend of €0.77 per ordinary share - Full year outlook maintained

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation Acquires Business of Osprey Biotechnics, Inc.
August 1, 2019 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced it has acquired the business and assets of Osprey Biotechnics, Inc. (“Osprey”), a privately held developer and marketer of innovative microbial products. Acquiring the Osprey business strengthens Phibro’s portfolio of nutritional specialty products and provides new opportunities in a fast-growing sector of the animal health industry. Osprey manufacturers and markets numerous products for a variety of applications and industries. Osprey also produces the key components for Phibro’s recently launched Provia Prime™ direct fed microbial product for poultry.

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Evonik: Key Financial Data, First Half/Second Quarter 2019
August 1, 2019 - Evonik is sticking to its full-year outlook despite an increasingly gloomy economic environment. The company expects sales and adjusted EBITDA from continued operations to remain at least stable compared with last year. In 2018 Evonik generated - not including the divested Methacrylates business - sales of €13.3 billion and adjusted EBITDA of €2.15 billion.

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Cobb Launches Redesigned Website with Enhanced Customer Support Tools
August 1, 2019 - Highlighting its customer-centric approach to innovation, Cobb-Vantress recently launched the new and improved cobb-vantress.com. The website, which serves Cobb’s customers globally, brings together Cobb’s industry-leading products with its commitment to technical services in an interactive, user-friendly approach.

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Maple Leaf Foods Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
August 1, 2019 - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. reported its financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2019. Quarterly highlights include the following.

-Sales increased by 12.5%, driven by acquisitions, our value-added product portfolio and continued double-digit growth in plant-based protein -Recorded a net loss of $6.3 million or $0.05 per share due to $60.7 million of non-cash fair value changes on balance sheet items, not reflective of the commercial performance of the Company and excluded from Adjusted EBITDA(1) -Adjusted EBITDA Margin(1) of 11.3% in meat protein and 10.6% for the Company, driven by strong commercial performance -Net Debt(10) of $403.4 million, of which $63.6 million is Construction Capital(11) -Pursuing aggressive new growth goals in plant-based protein, leveraging our market leadership

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Pilgrim’s Pride Reports Q2 Net Sales of $2.84 Billion, Operating Income of $280 Million and GAAP EPS of $0.68 - A 58% Increase over Q2 2018
July 31, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation reports second quarter 2019 financial results. Second quarter highlights include the following.

-Net Sales of $2.84 billion. -Net Income of $170.1 million. -Operating Income margins of 9.8% in U.S., 17.5% in Mexico and 4.5% in Europe operations, respectively. -Adjusted EBITDA of $349.3 million (or a 12.3% margin), and Adjusted EPS of $0.69. -U.S. portfolio continues to deliver strong results in our differentiated segments, while more market features and promotional activity of chicken supported better demand in the commodity segment. We continue to evolve our well-balanced portfolio to further differentiate our products and brands, strengthen Key Customer relationships, and improve margin consistency. -Strong market recovery in Mexico as growing conditions of chicken reverted back to normal and less competing proteins, driving chicken demand and prices higher. Diversification into premium Pilgrim’s brand is gaining momentum and producing strong results while significant growth in Prepared Foods remains. -European operations mitigating the impact of recent input cost challenges. Along with continuous operational improvements, the implementation of our Key Customer strategy has enhanced the ability to reflect input cost changes through adjustments within our pricing models.

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2019 Annual Report Highlights Cargill’s Commitment to Sustainable Growth
July 30, 2019 - Cargill’s 2019 annual report tells the story of how the company is reaching higher to create more value for customers, accelerate its growth and sustainably nourish the world. “We are directing our insights, capabilities and resources toward answering some of the world’s biggest questions,” said David MacLennan, Cargill’s chairman and CEO. “Everyone at Cargill is relentlessly determined to transform what is possible in food, agriculture and nutrition.” In 2019, this included enhanced policies and commitments in support of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, including a strengthened human rights commitment and global forest policy.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend
July 29, 2019 - The Board of Directors of Phibro Animal Health Corporation declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share on its Class A common stock and Class B common stock, payable on Sept. 25, 2019, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 4, 2019.

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JBT Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results
July 29, 2019 - JBT Corporation, a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food and beverage industry, reported results for the second quarter of 2019. "Our second quarter results reinforce JBT's ability to create a more efficient and competitive organization, with continued growth and better than expected margin expansion," said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Giacomini.

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New Jamesway Regional Sales Manager for Southwest Asia
July 29, 2019 - Pradeep Kolte has been appointed as a new regional sales manager at Jamesway for Southwest Asia as of July 2019. As Southwest Asia is a burgeoning poultry market, Jamesway focuses on expanding the company’s portfolio to capture this dynamic area.

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Cobb European Technical Seminar Explores Future of Poultry Industry
July 29, 2019 - The technical seminar introduced participants to Cobb and industry specialists while providing in-depth training and updates on key topics such as broilers and breeders, health, environment, processing and hatchery. The event included practical, hands-on technical training for participants to incorporate into their daily work environments while also learning from others in roles they may not typically interact with.

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Zoetis Establishes Research Lab at Colorado State University to Explore Immunotherapies for Livestock
July 29, 2019 - Zoetis, the world's leading animal health company, has signed an agreement with Colorado State University (CSU) to establish a research lab at CSU that will explore the livestock immune system and target new immunotherapies – paving the way for new alternatives to antibiotics in food-producing animals. In this landmark R&D collaboration, Zoetis scientists will be co-located with CSU’s highly skilled scientists, core laboratories, research programs and services to seed innovations for livestock animal health. While the Zoetis Incubator Research Lab will reside within CSU’s Research Innovation Center, it will be part of the company’s global R&D organization. As a result, Zoetis may access a greater understanding of the livestock immune system, generating new candidates for further research and development. The initial focus of the Incubator Research Lab will be biotherapeutics for cattle, which could yield broader implications for pigs and poultry.

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Tyson Foods Makes Large Donation to Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter
July 25, 2019 - Tyson Foods made a substantial donation to make sure a River Valley children’s shelter has food on the table that kids in need will enjoy.

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Marel: Q2 2019 Investor Meeting Presentation
July 25, 2019 - Marel hf. published its Q2 2019 Condensed Consolidated Financial Interim Statements after market closing on July 24, along with a 2Q 2019 investor presentation.

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Biomin Commits to Challenge Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance
July 25, 2019 - Biomin has made a public commitment to the AMR Challenge, a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for governments, private industries, and non-governmental organizations worldwide to make progress against antimicrobial resistance. In particular, Biomin commits to “expanding the reduction of non-medically necessary use of antibiotic feed solutions across the agriculture sector globally.” This will be accomplished primarily through greater adoption of the firm’s biotech-based solutions that cover mycotoxin risk management, gut performance and animal nutrition.

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Tyson Expands Snacks Offer with Any’tizers Chicken Chips Range
July 24, 2019 - Tyson Foods has launched Any’tizers Chicken Chips, which it describes as “the ultimate crave-worthy snack.” With 55 chips per bag and approximately 11g of protein in each serving, Any’tizers Chicken Chips are marketed as being suitable for any snacking occasion.

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Marel Q2 2019: On Track with Solid Sales and EBIT Growth
July 24, 2019 - Marel has released its financial information for Q2 2019. Following are the financial highlights:

-Orders received were EUR 311.2m (2Q18: 291.1m). -Revenues were EUR 326.5m (2Q18: 296.7m). -Adjusted EBIT* was EUR 49.6m (2Q18: 43.2m), translating to an EBIT* margin of 15.2% (2Q18: 14.6%). -Net result was EUR 34.3m (2Q18: 29.5m). -Basic earnings per share (EPS) were EUR 5.16 cents (2Q18: 4.31 cents). -Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax in the quarter was EUR 22.3m (2Q18: 56.4m). -Net debt/EBITDA was x0.6 at quarter-end (1Q19: x2.2). Targeted capital structure is x2-3 net debt/EBITDA. -The order book was EUR 459.4m (1Q19 474.7m and 2Q18: 523.2m).

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Hormel Foods Launches New Single-serve Lunchmeat
July 24, 2019 - Packaged with 2 ounces – or five slices – of 100 percent natural deli meat, the new offering provides additional, convenient choices for consumers to enjoy their favorite lunch meat. “We’ve received feedback from consumers that smaller households sometimes struggle to get through the entire package of lunchmeat, so we wanted to provide a convenient option for them,” said Samantha Balaski, Hormel Natural Choice brand manager. “They are also perfect for on-the-go snacks for those seeking additional protein throughout the day.”

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Simmons Foods Southwest City Clean Water Tour
July 24, 2019 - Simmons Foods pays close attention to the environmental impact of their facilities. Each year, their Environmental Quality team hosts Clean Water Tours at the Southwest City, Missouri complex. The tour has been an ongoing effort for more than 15 years, hosting more than 600 community leaders, elected officials and students. This year, Simmons Foods created a short video to share more about their award-winning water treatment program.

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House of Raeford Farms Announces $40 Million Feed Mill for Louisiana Complex
July 23, 2019 - House of Raeford Farms announced that construction would begin this summer on a new feed mill for the Arcadia, Louisiana complex. The facility, to be located in Simsboro, Louisiana and Lincoln Parish, will be built at a cost of $40 million and be capable of producing 12,500 tons of feed weekly, double the capacity of the current mill.

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Tyson Foods to Reopen Pine St. Facility, Expand Workforce
July 23, 2019 - Tyson Foods is expanding its operation in Enid by reopening a former AdvancePierre facility that closed in 2017. "As part of the company's ongoing efforts to meet growing demand for its products and maximize efficiencies, the Tyson Foods facility on Pine Street in Enid, Oklahoma, is undergoing improvements," said Derek Burleson, external communications for Tyson Foods.

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House of Raeford Farms Announces New Line of K-12 NAE Chicken Products and Breakfast Bites
July 23, 2019 - House of Raeford Farms announced a new line of products during the School Nutrition Association’s 2019 Annual National Conference in St. Louis. House of Raeford’s showcase of new products include a complete line of nutritious, healthy No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) chicken.

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Cal-Maine Foods Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2019 Results
July 22, 2019 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported results for the fourth quarter (thirteen weeks) and fiscal year ended June 1, 2019. Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 were $280.6 million, a 36.7 percent decrease, compared to $443.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company reported net loss of $19.8 million, or $0.41 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to net income of $71.8 million, or $1.48 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

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Koch Foods Receives 2019 American Patriot Award
July 22, 2019 - The Honoring the Sacrifice Foundation 2019 American Patriot Award was presented to Mr. Dan Nuckolls of Koch Foods in Tennessee at the sixth annual American Heroes Dinner. According to board representative Sgt. Andrew Smith, "Mr. Nuckolls and Koch Foods have demonstrated, through support of the Honoring the Sacrifice Foundation, their commitment to caring for the needs of our most severely wounded veterans."

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Zoetis Announces the Acquisition of Platinum Performance, a Leading Nutrition-Focused Animal Health Business for Equine and Petcare Markets
July 22, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Platinum Performance, a privately held, nutrition-focused animal health company. Platinum’s premium nutritional product formulas and unique approach to the field of scientific wellness for horses, dogs and cats will further strengthen and diversify Zoetis’ portfolio in the equine and petcare markets. Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

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Neogen Awarded USDA Contract
July 22, 2019 - Neogen Corporation announced that it had again been awarded the contract to supply certain dehydrated culture media to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS uses Neogen Culture Media to monitor raw and ready-to-eat meat and poultry products for the presence of bacterial pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella species, and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STECs).

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Names Sonia Pérez to Board of Directors
July 19, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that Sonia Pérez was elected to the Company’s board of directors, effective July 18. She will serve as a Class C director until the annual meeting of shareholders in 2020 and will, if re-elected at that meeting, serve for a term expiring in 2022.

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Evonik and Perstorp in Antibiotic Alternatives Research Tie-Up
July 18, 2019 - Amino acid and probiotic producer, Evonik, has signed a research agreement for the development of new animal nutrition products with Perstorp, a producer of feed raw materials like propionic, formic, butyric and valeric acid.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend
July 18, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share payable August 13, 2019, to stockholders of record on July 30, 2019.

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Marel: Q2 2019 Results Published on July 24, Investor Meeting on July 25
July 17, 2019 - Marel hf. will publish its Q2 2019 interim condensed consolidated financial statements after market closing on July 24. On Thursday July 25, at 8:30 am GMT (10:30 am CET), Marel will host an investor meeting where CEO Árni Oddur Thórdarson and CFO Linda Jónsdóttir will give an overview of the financial results and operational highlights in the second quarter.

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Middleby Announces the Acquisition of Packaging Progressions, Inc.
July 16, 2019 - The Middleby Corporation announced the acquisition of Packaging Progressions, Inc. (Pacproinc). Based in Souderton, Pennsylvania, the company has $30 million in annual revenues. Pacproinc is a market leader in automated packaging technologies for customers in the protein and bakery segments.

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Perdue Associates Help Maryland Food Bank Celebrate 40 Years of Feeding Hungry Marylanders
July 16, 2019 - Two dozen Perdue Farms associates along with Chairman Jim Perdue and his wife Jan teamed up with the Maryland Food Bank to harvest more than 6,000 pounds of cucumbers as part of the Farm to Food Bank program that helps feed hungry Marylanders. The event at Hay Jay Acres Farm in Carolina County was part of the food bank’s 40-week, statewide campaign marking four decades of providing hunger relief. Jim and Jan Perdue are honorary co-chairs of the food bank’s “It Takes More Than Food to End Hunger” Campaign, which celebrates MFB’s 40-year history of feeding hungry individuals while each month recognizing the different people, organizations, and partners that have helped create and sustain Maryland’s food assistance safety net.

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Tyson Foods Invests in Education
July 16, 2019 - Tyson Foods is donating $1 million across 46 school districts to fund education projects in Tyson plant communities, according to a recent press release. From August 2019 to January 2020, Tyson will fully fund projects posted by teachers of up to $1,000 in classroom resources for schools in Tyson districts.

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Sanderson Farms to Host Investor Conference
July 16, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that management will host an investor conference to be held Oct. 17-18 at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The investor presentation and Q&A session will be led by Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, with additional comments from industry experts and the Company’s management team. The presentation will begin at approximately 8 a.m. Central Time on Friday, Oct. 18 and will be available to investors via a live audio webcast.

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Cargill and Ecolab Accelerate Food Industry Innovation in Second Year of Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator
July 15, 2019 - Recognizing the critical role that innovation plays in creating a safer and more sustainable food system, Cargill and Ecolab are supporting a second class of startups through the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator.

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Cobb Champion Award Winners Named in Europe, Middle East and Africa
July 15, 2019 - Eight top-performing Cobb-Vantress customers across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) were recently named champions based on their outstanding performance during 2018. The new Cobb Champion Award winners were selected from all corners of the region — from Holland to Zambia — and were measured in three categories: European production efficiency factors (EPEF) for broilers, production in chicks and hatchability in eggs.

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JBT Announces Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Release and Conference Call Schedule
July 11, 2019 - JBT Corporation will report second quarter 2019 financial results after the market closes on Monday, July 29. A conference call is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 30.

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Tyson Foods FarmCheck Broiler Auditing Program Receives Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) Certification
July 11, 2019 - Tyson Foods announced that its FarmCheck® Program for broiler chickens received certification from the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). The FARMCHECK program is a third-party animal welfare auditing program that ensures that livestock and poultry suppliers for Tyson Foods are evaluated and monitored for important animal welfare criteria including housing and environment, proper human-animal interaction, transportation and harvest processes. The FarmCheck broiler audit program was reviewed by a 3rd party review team and certified in meeting or exceeding PAACO standards for animal welfare audits.

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ADM, Cargill Reach Deal to Swap U.S. Midwest Grain Elevators
July 11, 2019 - Large U.S. grain merchants Cargill Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. have reached a deal to swap some of their grain elevators in the U.S. Midwest in a deal expected to close later this summer, both companies said on Thursday.

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Cargill Reports Fiscal 2019 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results
July 11, 2019 - Cargill reported results for the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and full year ended May 31, 2019. Key measures include the following.

-Adjusted operating earnings were $476 million, down 41% from the $809 million earned in last year’s record fourth quarter. This brought earnings for the full fiscal year to $2.82 billion, 12% below last year’s top performance. -Net earnings on a U.S. GAAP basis were $235 million, down 67% from $711 million in the strong comparative period. For the 12 months, net earnings decreased 17% to $2.56 billion. -Fourth-quarter and full-year revenues each dipped 1% to $29.9 billion and $113.5 billion, respectively. Cash flow from operations equaled $5.19 billion, also a 1% decline.

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Perdue Releases 2019 Animal Care Report at 4th Animal Care Summit
July 11, 2019 - Perdue released its 2019 Perdue Commitment to Animal Care Report at the company’s 4th Annual Animal Care Summit held in Salisbury, Maryland. The summit brought together animal care thought leaders, representatives of animal welfare advocacy groups such as the Humane Society of the United States, Compassion in World Farming and Business Benchmark for Farm Animal Welfare, leading retail and foodservice customers, and Perdue farmers to share updates on the company’s advancements in animal care and garner feedback from the participants.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation to Host Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Call on Aug. 1
July 11, 2019 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced that it will host its second quarter 2019 earnings conference call and webcast on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 a.m. MT (9 a.m. ET). Prepared remarks regarding the company’s financial and operational results will be followed by a question and answer period with Pilgrim’s executive management team.

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Darling Ingredients Opens Organic Fertilizer Plant in Nebraska
July 10, 2019 - Darling Ingredients Inc. announced the opening on July 1, of its third organic fertilizer production facility in Fremont, Nebraska. The facility is located on a 10-acre site and has the ability to produce 35,000 tons of Nature Safe Natural & Organic Fertilizers annually.

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Rewarding Chicken Enrichment with Perdue Farms
July 10, 2019 - Dr. Temple Gardin recently served as a judge for a contest conducted by Perdue Farms designed to develop environmental enrichments for broiler chickens. In many organic or high welfare standard programs, additional items have to be added to the environment to accommodate the behavioral needs of the animals. Chickens have a natural instinct to roost, climb up and hide under things. Perdue challenged their growers to invent enrichments and submit them in a contest. A total of 33 growers submitted their designs.

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VIPs Get Sneak Peek at Gentry-Decatur Simmons Plant
July 10, 2019 - A loud clap of thunder reverberated throughout the building as community leaders and members of the press toured the new 315,000-square-foot Simmons poultry processing facility between Gentry and Decatur on July 2. A severe thunderstorm rolled through the area as Jeff Norman, senior director of operations, guided the 15-member tour through what will be one of the largest and most modern poultry processing facilities in the world.

Russell Tooley, Simmons chief administrative officer, has worked in the poultry industry for 35 years. He has traveled around the world observing the different operations of other poultry producers. "I've been blessed to see other operations in other countries around the world, including China, Latin America and the United States," Tooley said. "This is by far a world-class facility that is not only best for western Benton County and the state of Arkansas but also sets the tone in the industry for what the future will look like."

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Poised for Growth, Cobb Announces New South American Leadership and Global Chief Financial Officer
July 9, 2019 - Cobb-Vantress recently announced Shane Sutton as the new managing director of South American operations — a move that poises the company for continued growth. Sutton previously served as Cobb’s chief financial officer (CFO) for global operations. In this role, he led finance, mergers and acquisitions for all of the company’s business units, including the recent launch of a grandparent stock operation and new subsidiary in Colombia.

Additionally, Cobb announced the promotion of Joe Emmanual to CFO — the position previously held by Sutton. For the last four years, Emmanual served as Cobb’s senior director of accounting. He joined the Cobb family in 2015 after working as a senior business analyst and external financial reporting specialist at Tyson Foods. Emmanual will begin his new role immediately.

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Laura Shadwick Joins Alltech as North America Poultry Mineral Manager
July 9, 2019 - Alltech, a global leader in the production of minerals that benefit the growth, reproductive performance and health of modern livestock, is pleased to announce that Laura Shadwick has joined the company as the North America poultry mineral manager.

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Announces Release Date for Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
July 8, 2019 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. announced that the Company will release its fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 financial results on Monday, July 22, 2019. A press release will be issued prior to the open of market trading.

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Aviagen Hosts 56th Annual Production Management School in Huntsville, Ala.
July 8, 2019 - To take part in a month of learning and team-building, 35 poultry producers from 19 countries journeyed to Huntsville, Alabama, for the 2019 Aviagen® Production Management School. Aviagen welcomed to class veterinarians, production managers, hatchery specialists and other poultry professionals representing a variety of cultures, languages and production operations.

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CoBank: Ethanol Outlook Weak Amid Sluggish Demand
July 5, 2019 - Ethanol plants have been expanding capacity (Exhibit 1) after several years of positive margins. Ample production and relatively stagnant demand growth have weakened ethanol margins. Today, the industry is trying to work through and absorb this excess production.

Ethanol plants margins began sliding last summer and have struggled to remain profitable ever since (Exhibit 2). With stocks expected to remain above 900 million gallons through the remainder of 2019, margins will remain low. Supply and demand need to come into better balance in order to see a pop in margins.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Workers Helping in River Restoration
July 3, 2019 - More than 100 employees of Athens’ Pilgrim’s Pride chicken processing plant are tackling a very different but also tough job this week. Working in 14 teams, they are clearing exotic invasive plants from the land alongside a mile of the North Oconee River stretching from North Avenue to Dudley Park in Georgia.

The Pilgrim’s Pride plant is closed down for two weeks while workers upgrade processing equipment, explained Seandre Lee, the plant’s human relations manager. Employees had the choice of collecting unemployment insurance benefits, taking vacation time, or working on other projects. More than 100 of Pilgrim’s Pride roughly 1,500 workers signed up for the project and have been hard at work on two of the hottest days of the year so far, with high temperatures in the upper 90s. Forecasters expected Wednesday to be slightly cooler, with a high of only 94.

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Ceva Completes Acquisition of IDT
July 3, 2019 - Ceva Santé Animale (“Ceva”) and IDT Biologika GmbH (“IDT”) announced that they have successfully completed the acquisition of IDT’s veterinary biopharmaceutical and research and development activities by Ceva. The product portfolio will be transferred to Ceva branding as quickly as possible. A new Global innovation centre focused on swine vaccines will be created within IDT’s existing Dessau site.

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$300 Million Simmons Foods Processing Plant to Open in October
July 2, 2019 - Siloam Springs-based poultry producer Simmons Foods Inc. and Affiliates plans to open an approximately $300 million chicken processing facility in western Benton County in October. Company executives offered a tour to the media and area officials as construction continues on the nearly 315,000-square-foot plant centered on more than 870 acres east of Arkansas Highway 59, between Gentry and Decatur. The plant will employ nearly 900 people when it opens, with the majority relocating from an existing plant in Decatur.

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Kazakh Company Invests in Poultry Unit from Marel
July 2, 2019 - Kazakhstan imports almost half of the poultry consumed in the domestic market but that may change in the following years as one of the largest companies in the country decided to invest in a modern poultry processing unit.

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PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART® ORGANICS Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Strips Among PEOPLE Magazine’s Best New Frozen Supermarket Products
July 2, 2019 - PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART® ORGANICS Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Strips was recently named a PEOPLE Food Awards 2019 Best New Supermarket Product of the Year. The strips took gold as best frozen chicken product among PEOPLE staffers who selected the “most delicious new supermarket foods.”

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Alltech Appoints New Chief Scientific Officer to Lead Global Innovation Efforts
July 2, 2019 - Alltech has appointed a new chief scientific officer to advance innovative research to improve the health and nutrition of animals, plants and people. Dr. Ronan Power has assumed the role following the retirement of Dr. Karl Dawson on June 28. As chief scientific officer, Dr. Power will oversee more than 100 researchers worldwide, more than 20 research alliances spread over 12 countries, and four bioscience centers, located in the United States, China, the Netherlands and Ireland, where Dr. Richard Murphy leads the center’s activities.

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Hain Celestial Sells Pure Protein to Private Investment Firm
July 2, 2019 - Private investment firm Aterian Investment Partners has completed the acquisition of Hain Pure Protein from The Hain Celestial Group Inc. The transaction, which was announced in May, is valued at $80 million.

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Celebrity Chefs and Jennie-O Turkey Store Collaborate on New On-Trend Turkey Burger Recipes for Summer Grilling Season
July 2, 2019 - Jennie-O Turkey Store, one of the most beloved turkey brands in the nation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods announce the release of new ground-turkey-burger recipes for the grill, developed by award-winning big-city restaurateurs, culinary entrepreneurs, TV personalities and a certified master chef. Some of these recipes, while developed specifically for home cooks to spice up their grilling routines, will soon be found on menus in Chicago and New York City.

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JBT and Safetraces' Global Alliance Set to Revolutionize Food Safety and Traceability with Game-Changing Technology
July 2, 2019 - JBT Corporation, the top-tier technology solutions provider to the global food and beverage industry, and SafeTraces, a leading food safety and traceability solutions provider, have announced a global alliance to integrate SafeTraces' breakthrough, patented DNA-based technologies into JBT's solutions portfolio for worldwide distribution.

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DSM Announces Kazunori Maruyama as President of DSM Japan
July 1, 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, announces Kazunori Maruyama’s appointment as President of DSM Japan, effective July 1. Maruyama succeeds Yuji Nakahara, who has served as president since August 2015.

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Zoetis to Host Webcast and Conference Call on Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
June 28, 2019 - Zoetis Inc. will host a webcast and conference call at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Chief Executive Officer Juan Ramón Alaix and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Glenn David will review second quarter 2019 financial results and respond to questions from financial analysts during the call.

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CoBank Quarterly Economic Outlook: Trade Talks, Record Rains Upend Agriculture
June 28, 2019 - The world economy continues to slow amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade war. Hopes are for talks to resume soon between the U.S. and China, but confidence in the trade war ending in 2019 is dimming. Additionally, persistent rainfall across the U.S. has significantly disrupted the agriculture sector. Federal aid of $16 billion for additional trade relief and $3 billion for disaster relief, will help soften the blow for farmers, but not ag retailers.

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Foster Farms Launches "Feels Good to Be Free Range" Digital Advertising
June 27, 2019 - With the Fourth of July fast approaching and summer grilling in full swing, Foster Farms launches its "Feels Good to Be Free Range" digital ad campaign, making free range chicken widely available to millions of West Coast consumers. Free range chicken is no longer just a niche item found at specialty stores.

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Hy-Line Enhances Genetic Progress with New Research Farm
June 27, 2019 - Hy-Line International recently celebrated the completion of its newest research farm surrounded by federal, state and local dignitaries at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Named for the visionary and company founder, Dr. Henry A. Wallace, this state-of-the-art investment located in central Iowa, USA completes another significant step in the drive for accelerated genetic progress in Hy-Line layers sent to more than 120 countries around the world.

“We have a substantial responsibility in the effort to feed a growing global population with an inexpensive and nutritious source of protein – the egg,” said Jonathan Cade, president of Hy-Line International. “The addition of the Dr. Henry A. Wallace Farm allows us continued innovation and genetic progress in Hy-Line layer genetics to accomplish this.”

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Tyson Foods Shows Off What’s Trending in Summer Report
June 27, 2019 - Technology is driving changes in every industry, and food is no exception. In Tyson Foods’ recently released 2019 Summer Trends report, new technologies are continuing to reduce the time, stress and tension encountered when making and getting food. As a result, consumers are getting more experimental with their eating.

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Evonik and Vland Extend Partnership
June 27, 2019 - Evonik and Vland have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) as part of their existing broader partnership in the field of probiotics for animal nutrition and enzymes for industrial applications. The combination of Vland’s core production technology and Evonik’s strong global market presence – as well as the shared focus on technology and application of probiotic solutions – is expected to bring mutual benefits to both partners, including new product developments.

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Maryland Recognizes Perdue Farms’ ‘Gold’ Standard for Worksite Health and Wellness
June 27, 2019 - Perdue Farms was presented a Gold Wellness at Work Award from the Maryland Department of Health ‘Healthiest Maryland Business initiative for achievements in improving associates’ health through the company’s innovative Health Improvement Program. It’s the fourth year in a row Perdue has received the award.

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Eighteen Students Receive 2019 House of Raeford Farms Scholarships
June 27, 2019 - House of Raeford Farms is pleased to award 18 deserving students with funding for college through its 6th Annual House of Raeford Farms Scholarship Program. The students were selected based on a set of competitive criteria, including academic record, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, and a statement of goals and aspirations.

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Hendrix Genetics Congratulates Protix with a Milestone in Insect Protein Production
June 26, 2019 - On June 11, Protix celebrated their ten-year anniversary and the opening of the world’s largest and most advanced insect farm in the world. The opening was celebrated in the presence of some esteemed guests, including His Majesty King William-Alexander of the Netherlands and Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture for the Netherlands. Hendrix Genetics has partnered with Protix on the development of insects as an efficient protein source for use in feed.

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Cargill to Acquire Swine Feed Producer in Brazil
June 26, 2019 - With the purpose of expanding its presence in Brazil, Cargill has acquired Beckers Indústria de Nutrição Animal Ltda., a Brazil-based swine feed producer. This acquisition will help the Minnesota-based agri-giant to further increase its offerings of complete pig feed throughout the southern region of Brazil.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Comments on Legal Proceedings
June 25, 2019 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. issued the following statement regarding certain ongoing legal proceedings: “The United States Department of Justice filed a motion on Friday, June 21, 2019, in In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation stating that it is conducting a criminal investigation regarding the broiler industry. The Company has not been subpoenaed in connection with the Department of Justice investigation. The Company continues to believe the civil plaintiffs’ claims as to Sanderson Farms are wholly without merit, and we are committed to defending the case vigorously.”

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Tyson Foods, Tajín Team Up for New Seasoned Protein Products
June 25, 2019 - The Tyson and Hillshire Farm brands announced a partnership with Mexican seasoning company Tajín on five products featuring its Clásico Seasoning. The company’s spices are a blend of mild chili peppers, dehydrated lime juice and sea salt. After being used on desserts, vegetables and fresh fruit, it will be used in new protein items.

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Alltech to Recognize Those Putting the Power of Agriculture to Work for a Planet of Plenty
June 24, 2019 - To inspire a collaborative spirit and foster ingenuity, Alltech will be sharing the compelling stories of the people and technologies making a Planet of Plenty possible. Alltech has also created an award program to honor those who are already making positive contributions through their work, either in or with the agri-food sector. The Planet of Plenty Awards will recognize those who are furthering a world of abundance through education, talent development, nutritional and digital technologies, new management practices, innovative ideas and human health within the agri-food sector.

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Cargill and InnovaFeed Partner to Bring Innovative, Sustainable Feed to Animal Producers
June 24, 2019 - Cargill and InnovaFeed have entered into a strategic partnership to bring sustainable and innovative feed options to the animal nutrition industry. Through the partnership, Cargill and InnovaFeed will collaborate to jointly market fish feed which includes insect protein, enabling both partners to support the growth of sustainable aquaculture.

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Sanderson Farms Still Hiring, Becomes One of East Texas’ Largest Employers
June 24, 2019 - Sanderson Farms is operating and still hiring in East Texas. The company is the third largest poultry producer in the country and has hired more than a thousand people in East Texas. Sanderson Farms opened facilities costing hundreds of millions of dollars in Winona, Lindale and Mineola. The company will employ around 1,600 people.

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Evonik, Perdue Agribusiness Form Partnership
June 24, 2019 - Evonik announced it will begin working with Perdue AgriBusiness to market its probiotic GutCare, which supports a more balanced intestinal microbial population in the gut of poultry species and other monogastric animals.

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New Website for Just BARE Focuses on Consumers
June 24, 2019 - Just BARE, a Pilgrim’s brand committed to providing good food for more people, recently served up a brand-new website. Just like their many chicken options, including Natural and Organic products, the site puts customers’ needs first. The site features user-friendly content and covers relevant industry topics and consumer questions. Consumers can find simple, straightforward details about common industry terms often found on packaging, such as “Natural” and “No Antibiotics Ever.”

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Brakebush Brothers Will Hire up to 300 Workers While Ramping Up Production at Expanded Plant in Mocksville, N.C.
June 20, 2019 - After two years of intensive repairs and renovation, the former House of Raeford Farms chicken processing plant in Mocksville, North Carolina, is now hiring with plans to begin operations in October.

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Zoetis: Manufacturing Expansion in Kalamazoo
June 20, 2019 - Zoetis marked the opening of an expansion at its global manufacturing and supply site in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a ribbon cutting ceremony recently. The expansion includes a new formulation area, two packaging lines, a pilot plant and related operations to manufacture oral tablet and palatable medicines for companion animals, or oral solid dose products.

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USGLC Announces Cargill as Heartland Chair
June 20, 2019 - The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative partnership with Cargill to increase and amplify powerful conversations on global development and the critical role America’s ag economy can play in advancing U.S. interests around the globe. Cargill will serve as chair of USGLC’s Heartland Tour through 2020. Featuring events across 13 Midwest states, the tour is intended to spark dialogue among elected officials, community leaders, businesses, academics and nonprofits on the ways global economic engagement can lift up and inspire local communities.

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

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

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Shenandoah Valley Organic Names Jefferson Heatwole New Chief Sales Officer and Dorothy Muszynska New Chief Marketing Officer
June 20, 2019 - Shenandoah Valley Organic has announced two new changes to its Executive Leadership Team. Jefferson Heatwole’s new role is chief sales officer, and Dorothy Muszynska is the new chief marketing officer, both of which are effective immediately.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gibson Named Global Sales Manager for Jones-Hamilton Co.
June 7, 2019 - Jones-Hamilton Co. announces the promotion of Blake Gibson to the role of global sales manager for the Agricultural Division. Gibson joined the company in 1994 as the Agricultural division’s founding employee, where he worked to introduce to the poultry industry to PLT® – Poultry Litter Treatment one farm at a time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
May 8, 2019 - Darling Ingredients Inc., a global developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a wide range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries, today announced financial results for the 2019 first quarter ended March 30, 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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