122 Poultry Facilities Recognized for Outstanding Safety

Jamie Johansen

At the 2016 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry, 122 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from the …

Poultry Chiller pH Adjustment Receives Patent

Jamie Johansen

Enviro Tech Chemical Services, Inc. announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for U.S. Patent Application 13/199,029 entitled “Methods of Using Peracetic Acid to Treat Poultry in a Chill Tank to Increase Weight.” This patent pending method is currently applied in nearly all poultry processing plants with water-based chiller systems in …

Sanderson Farms Takes on Misleading Food Labels

Jamie Johansen

Sanderson Farms, Inc. seeks to educate the public on common misconceptions surrounding the use of antibiotics in poultry production, through a new ad campaign, while exposing marketing gimmicks designed to mislead consumers and sell products at a higher price. “At Sanderson Farms, we have a responsibility to empower consumers to make informed decisions by debunking the myths perpetuated through the …

American Farmer TV To Feature Townline Hatchery

Lizzy Schultz

American Farmer TV will feature Townline Poultry Farm in an upcoming episode of the highly acclaimed TV series. The show will air in the fourth quarter 2016 and throughout early first quarter 2017, on RFD-TV. American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:00aET on RFD-TV. Check your local listings for more info. Townline was originally established as a cow farm, but quickly …

NCC Recommends Changes to Organic Rule

Lizzy Schultz

The National Chicken Council (NCC) released a statement recommending revision or clarification of several key aspects of the latest proposed rule from the National Organic Program (NOP) that intends to enhance bird health, protect food safety, and maintain a viable organic program. “NCC is concerned that the proposed rule imposes unreasonable costs and requirements of doubtful benefit on organic farmers, …

Hydration Tips from Sav-A-Chick 🐓

Lizzy Schultz

Adjusting birds’ water in the summer can help them continue to thrive as temperatures rise, and Sav-A-Chick products has some tips to help keep chickens hydrated and reduce heat stress this summer. “On average, a flock of seven adult birds should drink one gallon of water per day. Water is a great opportunity to provide additional nutrients,” says Julian (Skip) …

US Chicken Consumption Continues to Rise

Lizzy Schultz

New research presented at the 2016 Chicken Marketing Summit shows that US chicken consumption remains high, with 2016 levels surpassing those from the previous two years. The survey was commissioned by the National Chicken Council and conducted online by ORC International June 6 – 9, 2016, among 1,017 adults. Consumers were asked about chicken consumption in the two weeks leading …

NCC Calls for Reduction of 2017 Ethanol Levels

Lizzy Schultz

The National Chicken Council (NCC) has stated their support for recent efforts to create a more reasonable and sustainable approach to the nation’s biofuel fuel policy. The organization believes that the diversion of corn from feed to fuel exacts a heavy toll on U.S. chicken producers, as well as American consumers, at the pump and the plate. “NCC believes the …

Iowa Resumes Inspections of State Inspected Egg Handlers

Jamie Johansen

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship resumed inspections of state inspected egg handlers on June 1, 2016. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also resumed inspection of federally licensed egg handling facilities starting on June 1. All Department inspectors have received additional training on appropriate biosecurity on visiting livestock and poultry farms and will continue to …

Senate Ag Committee Holds Livestock & Poultry Hearing

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, held a hearing on the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors, titled “A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace‎ Opportunities and Challenges.” It has been five years since a hearing like this has taken place. Farmers and ranchers across the country took part …