U.S. Poultry Industry Statement on Avian Flu

Jamie Johansen

In light of the recent detections of avian influenza (AI) in the United States, the U.S. poultry industry would like to assure the public that detailed response plans are in place for controlling the spread of the virus and for eliminating the virus entirely. The U.S. government and poultry industries have sophisticated systems and techniques to detect the introduction of …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Chicken, Disease, Eggs, Poultry, Turkey

NCC Responds to McDonald's New Antibiotic Policy

Jamie Johansen

The National Chicken Council (NCC) has released the following statement on the announcement of McDonald’s new antibiotic policy attributable to Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., National Chicken Council vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs: “The top priority of farmers and chicken companies is to raise healthy chickens, because healthy chickens are directly related to a safe food supply. Responsible, FDA-approved veterinary …

Ag Group, Chicken, Food, Poultry

Animal Ag Groups Back RFS Reform Act

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR) and Peter Welch (D-VT), today re-introduced legislation called the RFS Reform Act “to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to help ease concerns created by the ethanol mandate and protect consumers, livestock producers, food manufacturers, retailers, and the U.S. economy.” Livestock and poultry producer organizations are among those supporting the …

Cattle, Chicken, Feed, Government, Livestock, Poultry, Turkey

2015 Purina Chick Days Events

Jamie Johansen

Purina Animal Nutrition announces its 2015 Purina Chick Days events. During this nationwide program, Purina retailers will host local educational events from January through May 2015, sharing steps for starting and maintaining backyard flocks of chickens, geese, turkeys or ducks. “We are pleased to continue this popular Purina program in 2015,” says Jodi Eineichner, backyard flock marketing manager with Purina …

Agribusiness, Chicken, Nutrition

Novus Strives for Solutions, Service & Sustainability

Jamie Johansen

Novus International’s CEO, Francois Fraudeau, has been in the drivers seat about a year now and I caught up with him in their booth at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA. Looking into the future, Francois hit on some very important strategic goals for the company. “The strategy for Novus will be to keep investing in …

Agribusiness, Audio, Chicken, IPPE, Novus International, Nutrition, Poultry

Poultry Industry Adds 477,000 Jobs

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the increased positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, from 2012 to 2014 …

Ag Group, Chicken, Eggs, Poultry, Turkey

Poultry Groups Oppose OFCCP Reporting Proposal

Jamie Johansen

On Jan. 2, the Joint Poultry Industry Human Resources Council filed comments opposing the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) proposal to require federal contractors to submit yet another regulatory report, the so called annual “Equal Pay Report.” The OFCCP was originally created to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of affirmative …

Ag Group, Chicken, Poultry, Turkey

Poultry Industry Perplexed by OSHA Citations

John Davis

Poultry producers are perplexed by some recent worker safety citations. This news release from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association says the group, along with the National Chicken Council, take exception to the recent OSHA citation against Wayne Farms for alleged safety violations at its Jack, Alabama, plant involving musculoskeletal disorders and other workplace hazards, pointing out that the complaints …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Chicken, Government, Poultry

Poultry Industry Improves Worker Safety Record

Jamie Johansen

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2013 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Poultry processing’s 2013 rate of 4.5 represents an outstanding 80.2 percent …

Ag Group, Chicken, Poultry, Turkey, US Poultry

Poultry Producers: Waters of U.S. Rule Would Burden Ops

John Davis

Poultry producers are warning that the controversial proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule would significantly burden their operations. In a news release, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation filed comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the proposed rule developed by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ …

Chicken, environment, EPA, Poultry, US Poultry