Transparency works, Sanderson Farms is 2017 Food Company

· December 20, 2017

After making a bold decision to stand firm in the face of industry pressures, and to push back by launching a consumer education campaign focused on transparency, Sanderson Farms has been named Food Company of the Year by Food Dive. A leading source of industry news and analysis, the Food Dive Awards recognize top disruptors […]

Thirteen states file lawsuit against Massachusetts cage-free law

· December 14, 2017

With Indiana leading the pack, 13 states have filed a lawsuit against Massachusetts saying the new voter-approved cage-free law is not fair to their farmers’ market access to the state. The law, which goes into effect in 2022, would require all pork, veal, and eggs farmed and sold in Massachusetts come from animals not confined […]

Trump to pardon two Minnesota turkeys for Thanksgiving

· November 17, 2017

On Tuesday two Minnesota turkeys will receive a special pardon from President Donald J. Trump  — they will be getting a “Gobblers Rest” from this year’s Thanksgiving holiday. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, where the President reflects on our Nation’s rich Thanksgiving traditions and wishes American families a […]

First DNA vaccine licensed for influenza in chickens

· November 14, 2017

AgriLabs has received USDA conditional approval of the first DNA vaccine ever licensed for chickens. The approval also represents the first for AgriLabs’ ExactVac DNA technology with ENABL adjuvant, the first DNA vaccine approved for influenza for veterinary use, and among the first DNA vaccines approved in the United States for food animals. The vaccine […]

Finding right rooster may breed pathogen-resistant chickens

· November 2, 2017

The key to breeding pathogen-resistant chickens may be as easy as testing the rooster, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in College Station, Texas. The test identifies roosters whose blood contains naturally high levels of two key chemicals, cytokines and chemokines. These chemicals mobilize the birds’ innate immune response, according to ARS microbiologist Christi […]

Heat lamp in chicken coop cause of Wyoming fire

· October 23, 2017

The Laramie County Fire District #2 has determined a heat lamp in a chicken coop was the cause of a fire in Wyoming last week that took out a mobile home, a camper, two older vehicles, and a 20-foot enclosed box trailer. The chickens were able to escape, but officials estimate the damage at $20,000. […]

Virginia farmer is 2017 Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year

· October 19, 2017

A first generation Virginia farmer who grows tobacco and raises beef cattle and pullet breeder chickens has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2017. As an eighth grade student in an agriculture class, Robert Mills, Jr. decided to become a farmer. As soon […]

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