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 …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Chicken, Food, food safety, National Chicken Council, Poultry, Turkey

Cargill Creates Antibiotic-free Product Line

Jamie Johansen

On Aug. 1, Cargill, ended the use of gentamicin – an antibiotic used in both human and animal healthcare – for disease prevention in turkeys harvested for its two largest brands, Honeysuckle White® and Shady Brook Farms®. Cargill said their turkeys will continue to receive antibiotics for control and treatment of disease and the new Honest Turkey™ product line will …

Agribusiness, Antibiotics, Cargill, Food, Poultry, Turkey

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 …

Agribusiness, Chicken, Food, food safety, Poultry, Technology, Turkey

Riverhill Farms Featured in USPOULTRY Video

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) released a fifth video in their series covering environmental stewardship on poultry and egg farms. This video features one of USPOULTRY’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award winners, Riverhill Farms, of Port Republic, Va. Riverhill Farms, owned and operated by Glenn and Sheri Rodes and their family, raises turkeys, dairy and beef cattle, corn …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, award, environment, Farming, Poultry, Turkey, US Poultry, Video

June Spotlights Turkey & National Turkey Lovers’ Day

Jamie Johansen

Memorial Day weekend previews grilling season and rekindles America’s love of turkey says the National Turkey Federation. The 1st Annual National Turkey Lovers’ Day will take place Sunday, June 19th, during June is Turkey Lovers’ Month®. Grilling is easy, convenient and perfect for a weekday meal solution. Turkey – long known as a healthy lean protein – is also a …

Ag Group, Food, National Turkey Federation, Turkey

Report Affirms Poultry Workplace Safety

Jamie Johansen

The National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association fully cooperated with GAO for more than a year, through stakeholder interviews and processing plant visits, as GAO worked on its report. The groups are pleased to see the report emphasizes the fact that injuries and illnesses have decreased dramatically in the poultry processing industry over the …

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

AgriBank Report on Livestock & Dairy Sectors

Jamie Johansen

Livestock and dairy margins continue to adjust downward from their record levels set in late 2014, as production increases and export demand declines due to the increasing value of the U.S. dollar, according to a new report issued by AgriBank, the St. Paul-based Farm Credit Bank. After declining $26.5 billion in 2015, the USDA projects that total U.S. livestock and …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Eggs, Livestock, Markets, Turkey

OSHA’s Expands Poultry Inspections Outside Legal Limits

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation are concerned about Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recent attempts to expand their authority to conduct wall-to-wall inspections of poultry processing facilities whenever they receive notice of any accident or employee complaint. There are legal limits on when and how OSHA may inspect, and the groups …

Ag Group, Chicken, Poultry, Turkey, US Poultry

Turkey Applauds Legal Worker Visa Pilot Program

Jamie Johansen

The National Turkey Federation and its members appreciate the leadership of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) with the introduction of S. 2827, “Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act of 2016”. This legislation is an encouraging addition to the conversation about foreign-born workers in the semi-skilled sector of the economy. It creates a common-sense pilot program that allows the U.S. government to …

Ag Group, Policy, Turkey

Turkey Federation Elects Committee

Joanna Schroeder

The National Turkey Federation held elections for open seats. John Neiman of Cargill Cooked Turkey and Meats and Ronnie Parker of Circle S Ranch were elected to the Executive Committee. The Board also reelected Executive Committee members John Burkel of Northern Pride, Inc.; Matthew Cook of Norbest; Gary Cooper of Cooper Farms; Kerry Doughty of Butterball, LLC; Ron Kardel of …

Ag Group, Turkey