Tyson Urges FFA to Tell #MyAGStory

Cindy Zimmerman

At the 87th annual National FFA Convention last week, Tyson Foods was encouraging FFA members to share their stories via social media, using the hashtag #myAGstory. “So much of the population of America today has no idea what life on the farm is like, they don’t understand how their food’s made,” said Tyson Foods President and CEO Donnie Smith, who …

Agribusiness, Audio, FFA, Poultry, Social Media

Purina Updates Premium Poultry Feed

John Davis

One of poultry producers most reliable feeds has just been made better. Purina Animal Nutrition has updated its proven formula of Purina® Layena® Premium Poultry Feed, formulated to support hen immune health and support egg quality and available in both pellets and crumbles. “Hens require additional, specific nutrients when they begin laying eggs,” says Gordon Ballam, Ph.D., director of lifestyle …

Eggs, Feed, Poultry

USPOULTRY Foundation Awards $7,000

Jamie Johansen

Blue Ridge Community College received a $7,000 student recruiting grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation, made possible by support from The Robert Burtner Strickler and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Student Recruiting Fund, established by a gift from Robert (Twig) H. Strickler. The check was presented by Twig and Lorraine Strickler and John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY, to Dr. John Downey, president of …

Ag Group, Education, Poultry, US Poultry

Temple Grandin Spotlighted in Series

Cindy Zimmerman

A new series from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) FutureFood 2050 spotlights agricultural pioneers who are sowing seeds of innovation, including renowned Colorado State University animal scientist Temple Grandin. In an interview, Grandin talks about how improving animal welfare is crucial to long-term sustainability. “We need more research into breeding for optimal production instead of maximum production,” says Grandin. …

Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Livestock, Poultry

Food Defense Orientation Program for Poultry & Egg Processors

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has developed a Food Defense Orientation program for poultry and egg processors, focusing on raising awareness of potential risks faced by the industry and encouraging employees to be active participants in protecting products in the workplace. The program offers a short orientation video for plant employees that will help them during training activities in …

Ag Group, Chicken, Education, Eggs, Poultry, US Poultry

IPPE Launches '30 Under 30' Program

Jamie Johansen

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is launching the third annual Young Leaders “30 under 30” program, which targets young professionals who normally would not have the financial resources or opportunity to attend IPPE. The goal of the program is to invest in, and engage, young professionals between the ages of 21 and 29, who work for companies actively …

Ag Group, Education, IPPE, Meat, Poultry

Allen Harim Hires Haynes as Breeder Manager

Jamie Johansen

Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of chicken on Delmarva, announced it has hired industry veteran, Pat Haynes, as Breeder Manager. “Pat will have an instant impact on our breeder program,” said Steve Evans, CEO of Allen. “His enthusiasm and wealth of experience related to breeding processes and animal agriculture will ensure continued success for the future of Allen …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Chicken, Poultry

Sustainability Is a Continuous Improvement, Not an Endpoint

Jamie Johansen

“Sustainability is a continuous improvement, not an endpoint,” said Dr. Marty Matlock, executive director, Office for Sustainability, University of Arkansas, during his presentation on Science Based Metrics for Sustainable Outcomes in Poultry and Egg Production at USPOULTRY’s 2014 Environmental Management Seminar in Destin, Fla. The annual conference is sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and was held in collaboration …

Ag Group, Conservation, Poultry, sustainability, Water

USPOULTRY Recognizes Company's with Clean Water Awards

Jamie Johansen

Koch Foods of Gadsden, Ala., and Tyson Foods of Wilkesboro, N.C., have been awarded the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) 2014 Clean Water Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes exemplary performance at water reclamation facilities serving the poultry industry. The presentations were made during USPOULTRY’s Environmental Management Seminar in Destin, Fla., and the winners were selected by a committee …

Ag Group, Poultry, Water

Poultry Industry Eyes Solar-Diesel Hybrids

Joanna Schroeder

The poultry industry in Saudi Arabia is looking to reduce fuel costs and increase energy efficiency with solar-diesel hybrids. The industry believes it could greatly benefit from using solar-hybrid generators replacing traditional diesel generators. The technology was discussed in Riyadh leading up to the Desert Solar Saudi Arabia conference. “Hybrid solar-diesel systems are an effective solution to provide power to …

Agribusiness, energy, Poultry