21 NOV

USPOULTRY Foundation allocates $282,500 in student recruiting grants

The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded student recruiting grants totaling more than $282,500 to six U.S. universities with Poultry Science departments and 29 other institutions with industry-related programs. The Foundation provides annual recruiting and retention funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs. The grants were made possible in part by gifts to the USPOULTRY Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years at the International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.  Read more

21 NOV

Turkey farmers feeling squeeze

TURKEY FARMERS FEEL PAIN FROM GIPSA: Days before Thanksgiving, some turkey growers are feeling the harsh effects of last month’s decision by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to pull out of the interim final GIPSA rule. Within hours of the USDA’s announcement, one Pennsylvania turkey integrator, Plainville Farms, presented its farmers with updated contracts that required farmers to make costly upgrades or accept pay cuts, your host reports. Read more

21 NOV

Free trade is becoming more popular – especially among Republicans

The next round of NAFTA negotiations begins Friday in Mexico City. The last round ended with harsh words and little, if any, progress on key issues. The standoff between American, Canadian and Mexican negotiators stems from what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called “poison pill proposals” from the United States, which Canada and Mexico are unlikely to accept.

As the United States returns to the negotiating table, it’s important to note a surprising post-election trend. Among Trump voters, support for trade has risen dramatically since the 2016 election. This striking surge calls into question just how committed rank-and-file Republicans are to a more protectionist future.

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17 NOV

USPOULTRY releases white paper on how the poultry industry benefits employees, communities and consumers

USPOULTRY has released a white paper, titled “Providing Protein, Enriching Lives,” that highlights the multiple ways the poultry industry benefits employees, communities and consumers. Protein is essential in our diets, and the poultry industry is doing more than just providing a meat product. The white paper features expertise and data used from members, economic studies and government reports.

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17 NOV

New avian flu outbreaks noted as USDA OK’s DNA poultry vaccine

In the latest avian flu developments, Bulgaria and South Africa reported outbreaks from highly pathogenic strains, and a US vaccine company announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has conditionally approved the first DNA avian flu vaccine for chickens. Also, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provided a snapshot of current highly pathogenic H5 observations and what could play out in the upcoming season, and Chinese researchers reported new findings on airborne spread of avian flu based on sampling in a live-poultry market.

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15 NOV

USDA again delays organic livestock rule

The Trump Administration again decided to delay the effective date of the final rule on organic livestock and poultry practices that was published in the final hours of the Obama Administration. The first delay came in February 2017, followed by another delay in May. The latest slowdown has the agency waiting to evaluate the rule until May 14, 2018.

The Organic Livestock & Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule, initially proposed in April 2016, adds new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices.  Read more

15 NOV

Poultry Industry Continues to Improve Worker Safety Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 82 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2016 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2016 was 4.2 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), down from 4.3 in 2015. The poultry industry’s rate of 4.2 was below the rate of 6.9 for similar agricultural industries in terms of injuries per 100 full time workers and lower than the rate of 4.7 for the entire food manufacturing sector.  Read more

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