National Turkey Federation Presents Turkey to President

Jamie Johansen

National Turkey Federation Chairman John Reicks presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Barack Obama during a ceremony last week at the White House. The turkey, named “Tot,” marked the 69th anniversary of the presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in celebration of the uniquely American holiday. “Thanksgiving is also a reminder of the source of our national strength,” said …

Ag Group, Food, Holiday, Poultry, Turkey

National Chicken Council Comments on EPA Biofuel Volumes

Jamie Johansen

The EPA announced it is mandating 15 billion gallons of ethanol to be added to the domestic fuel supply in 2017, which is 200 million gallons more than the agency’s proposed volume put forth in May. The National Chicken Council released the following response to this announcement. Over the last four years, EPA has raised the final volume above the …

Ag Group, Chicken, ethanol, National Chicken Council, Poultry

2016 Sustainable Ag Summit: A Journey With No End

Jamie Johansen

“Sustainability is a journey that has no end. It is an ongoing effort that we must be prepared to look at forever,” said Paul Bredwell, vice president of environmental programs, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), while serving on the opening panel at the 2016 Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Atlanta. The panel discussion centered on cross-industry collaboration essential to advance …

Ag Group, Poultry, sustainability

Agro BioSciences Expands Probiotic Strain Portfolio

Jamie Johansen

Agro BioSciences, Inc. have expanded their proprietary microbial portfolio, with the addition of two new Bacillus subtilis strains. These strains as beneficial probiotics due to their unique properties to work in poultry production systems and add to the “Microbial Terroir” program. “Research shows that ‘on farm’ challenges shift over time. It’s important that our research is constantly searching the terroir …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Nutrition, Poultry, Probiotics

Nutriquest Partners W/ Southern Poultry Research Group

Lizzy Schultz

NutriQuest and Southern Poultry Research Group, Inc. recently partnered in order to open the NutriQuest Poultry Research Center, a state of the art poultry research center in Nicholson, Georgia. The center is a part of a long-term research agreement with Southern Poultry Research Group, Inc. “We are fortunate to partner with world renowned veterinarian and researcher, Dr. Charles Hofacre, to …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Poultry, Research

Poultry Workers’ Injury, Illness Rate at All-Time Low

Jamie Johansen

The incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry sector remains at an all-time low, according to the 2015 Injury and Illness Report released last Friday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2015 was 4.3 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), the same …

Ag Group, Chicken, Food, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, Poultry, Turkey, US Poultry

DuPont Brings Phytase to Canadian Animal Feed Industry

Jamie Johansen

Danisco Animal Nutrition, a division of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, announced the launch of its Axtra® PHY enzyme in Canada. Axtra® PHY has already been helping producers in the animal nutrition industry in the United States and is increasingly being introduced into other markets around the world. Axtra® PHY begins degrading phytate and breaking down its anti-nutrient effects at much lower …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Nutrition, Pork, Poultry

33,000 lbs Protein Donated by Tyson’s at #TransformFFA

Jamie Johansen

During the 89th National FFA Convention, Tyson Foods donated a truck load of protein to Gleaners Food Bank as part of the National FFA Days of Service. The truck carried 1,546 cases of chicken totally over 33,000 pounds of protein and 100 FFA member volunteers took time to unload it all. I stopped by the Tyson Foods booth during the …

Agribusiness, Audio, Chicken, FFA, Food, Poultry

Animal Ag Alliance Calls for Increase of Farm Security

Jamie Johansen

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is alarmed by the recent actions of Direct Action Everywhere, a radical animal rights group and the below release from them provides more information on their current activities. Last week, Direct Action Everywhere released video footage that it claims was obtained during “stealth visits” to a California egg farm. Activists entered barns several times in late …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Ag Alliance, Animal Welfare, Poultry

Blackhead Disease Control Webinar from Alltech

Jamie Johansen

Alltech will host a webinar on Blackhead disease control throughout the poultry industry November 7 at 2:3- EST. Dr. Dennis Wages, professor of poultry health management at North Carolina State University will discuss how histomoniasis is impacting the poultry community in the United States. Key points: – Gain a better understanding of how blackhead disease affects poultry. – Understand the …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Disease, Poultry, Webinar