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Farm Bill extension included in ‘fiscal cliff’ legislation By Barbara Olejnik Poultry Times Staff

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — While attention was focused on recent congressional “fiscal cliff” legislation on federal tax and spending issues, almost overlooked action included an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. The legislation, enacted in a last minute vote on Jan. 1, includes extension of the 2008 Farm Bill for nine months through the end of the 2013 fiscal year in September. While agricultural interests were mostly glad to see the Farm Bill programs continue through the extension, they also expressed disappointment that a new bill had not been enacted by the Congress. Among those expressing disappointment was U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I am disappointed Congress has

been unable to pass a multi-year reauthorization of the Food, Farm and Jobs bill to give rural America the long-term certainty they needs and deserve,” Vilsack said. The secretary added, “I will continue to work with Congress to encourage passage of a reauthorized bill that includes a strong and defensible safety net for producers, expanded rural economic opportunity in the new bio-based economy, significant support for conserving our natural resources, increased commitment to important research and support for safe and nutritious food for all Americans.” Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation president, call the Farm Bill extension “little more than a stop-gap measure.” “We are glad that a measure is in place for most of this year, but we are disappointed that Congress was unable or unwilling to roll a com-

prehensive five-year farm bill proposed into the fiscal cliff package. Now it will be up to the new 113th Congress to put a new farm bill in place,” Stallman said. Also calling the farm bill extension a “stop-gap measure” is the American Soybean Association. ASA President Danny Murphy said that while the extension is preferable to no bill at all, “we are very disappointed that Congress was not able to come together and pass a new bill in the best interests of farmers.” The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition went further in calling the farm bill extension “a disaster for farmers and the American people.” The coalition noted that the full Senate and the House Agriculture Committee earlier in 2012 had agreed to permanently eliminate direct payment subsidies for commodity production regardless of

price and income conditions. However, the farm bill extension deal locks in “those egregious subsidies for another full year at a $5 billion price tag” while many smaller programs to fund farm and food system reform and rural jobs were left out completely. The Senate on June 21 passed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm

bill that cut farm subsidies and land conservation spending, but largely protected some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries. The House Agriculture Committee approved its own legislation a month later. However, further action stalled in the House over a lack of

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CPM donates pellet mill equipment to Auburn University Poultry Science WATERLOO, Iowa — CPM Roskamp Champion, a leading supplier of grinding, pelleting and cooling process technology for the animal feed, oilseed, biofuels and human food-processing industries, recently donated pelleting equipment to the Auburn University Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center. CPM gave a partial donation of process equipment for grinding and pelletizing animal feed in the new center, which will produce food for the university’s 20,000-bird research flock and livestock research animals. “The decision to donate equipment was easy,” said Scott Anderson, general sales manager for CPM Roskamp Champion. “It’s important to educate students about pelleting and about animal nutrition as an industry. We will always need feed mill managers and Auburn is working to educate the next generation.” The Auburn University Poultry and Animal Nutrition

Center officially opened Nov. 16. The feed production facility is located on a 50-acre site north of the main campus inside a 12,500-square-foot steel building. “CPM has been a strong supporter and advocate for our feed mill project from the outset,” said Auburn University Department of Poultry Science head Dr. Don Conner. “They were one of the first equipment companies to pledge support. Representatives from CPM have been actively engaged throughout the design, construction, installation and operational phases. Their input was essential in attaining a system that meets both our research and educational goals.” “We’re proud that these students have the opportunity to learn about the pelleting process on CPM equipment,” Anderson said. “And it will be exciting to see the industry research that develops as a result of this hands-on learning process.”

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Auburn pellet mill: Dr. Don Conner, far right, head of the Auburn University Department of Poultry Science, and Poultry Research Unit Director Mitchell Pate, second from right, are joined by poultry science students and research farm staff at Auburn’s new Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center.


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Feed industry donates $6 million to support community efforts ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. feed industry donated $6 million toward local community efforts in 2011-2012, according to a survey conducted by the American Feed Industry Association. AFIA members were asked about sustainable efforts to “Support the community,” the sixth of six focal points comprising AFIA’s Sustainability Initiative. The survey was sent to AFIA members last October, in an attempt to quantify industry efforts in various areas of sustainability. For the feed industry, “sustain-

ability” is defined as: A sustainable feed industry provides a continuous, safe and nutritious feed supply for poultry, livestock, fish and pets in a manner that optimizes environmental quality and the use of natural resources, while positively affecting the social and economic well-being of customers, their communities and the industry. “The results of the survey show that the U.S. feed industry takes pride not only in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish, eggs and pets, but also in supporting local communities and pulling

together in times when the country is in need,” said Joel G. Newman, AFIA president and CEO. Not only did the feed industry give generously in monetary donations, the industry was also physically active, volunteering 23,700 man hours toward various causes. According to survey results, AFIA members most frequently invest in community development activities for or charitable giving toward education (schools, scholarships and research grants), FFH/4H, health related organizations, local fire/po-

lice precincts and environmental clean-up projects. Donations and volunteer hours toward hunger and disaster relief organizations/efforts (American Red Cross, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Haiti, Missouri and Sandy natural disaster relief efforts) also ranked highly, as did volunteering, fundraising and cash donations supporting these initiatives. AFIA established the Sustainability Task Force in 2009 under former board chairman Brian Rittgers. The Task Force identified six key sus-

tainable focal points, designed for communication and collaboration between organizations, companies or associations. In 2013, AFIA will highlight feed industry activities in the areas of the five other sustainable focal points, which are: (1) Continuously improve feed and food safety, (2) Optimize the use of energy and natural resources, (3) Promote understanding and appreciation of U.S. food production, (4) Production efficiency and productivity and (5) Embrace innovation.

APHIS publishes final rule on traceability for livestock moving interstate WASHINGTON — The Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service has published in the Federal Register its final rule on traceability requirements for livestock moved

interstate. Though the final rule mainly focuses on cattle, it leaves in place existing poultry-related traceability regimes and requires records be retained for poultry for

two years. The rule becomes effective March 11, 2013. Although generally supportive of agency efforts to implement traceability programs, the National Chicken Council in comments to the proposed rule, voiced concern with APHIS’s decision to apply a onesize fits all, cattle-based traceability system to poultry and specifically with APHIS’s proposed requirement that records be kept for five years for all species. The preamble to the final rule recognizes the effectiveness of the existing poultry traceability program under the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and leaves that program largely in place. “NCC and our members are committed to animal health and to ensuring effective mechanisms are in place to identify and quickly trace an animal disease to its source,” said NCC Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Dr. Ashley Peterson. “Indeed, many members of the broiler industry have already implemented systems to track their flocks, and the industry continues to innovate in this area. NCC is pleased that APHIS took some of our comments into account in the formulation of the final rule, including reducing the recordkeeping requirements for poultry to two years, down from the proposed five years.”

Peterson said that this requirement would minimize the burden on regulated companies while still ensuring a meaningful animal traceback system. For poultry, the key aspects of the final rule include: Identification: Unless an exception applies, poultry moved interstate must be identified using sealed and numbered leg bands per the NPIP, marked with a group/lot identification (when such numbering is appropriate), or by an alternative method recognized by the states or tribes shipping or receiving the birds. Documentation: Poultry moving interstate must be accompanied by an interstate certification of veterinary inspection (ICVI) unless:  The birds are from a flock participating in the NPIP;  The birds are moved directly to a recognized slaughtering or rendering establishment;  The birds are moved from a farm for veterinary care and are returned to the farm or euthanized;  The birds are moved from one state, through another state, and back into the original state;  The birds are moved between shipping and receiving states or tribes with a VS Form 9-3 or documentation other than an ICVI as agreed upon by the shipping and receiving states or tribes; or

 The birds are moved under a permit under 9 CFR Part 82. Exemptions: Poultry moved to a custom slaughter facility is exempt from the traceability regulations. Additionally, poultry belonging to growers that are not part of the NPIP is exempted from official identification requirements, but the person responsible for the birds received from the hatchery or redistributor must maintain a record of where the birds were obtained. Recordkeeping: Approved livestock facilities must keep ICVIs or alternative documentation for poultry for at least two years.

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Minn. chicken & egg farmers announce new group name BUFFALO, Minn. — Minnesota’s chicken and egg farmers have announced a new name for its member organization, along with a new logo and its very own website. The Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota (or CEAM) officially replaces the Broiler and Egg Association of Minnesota (BEAM), a name originally created in 1994 when the organization morphed from the Minnesota Poultry Industries Association. “We feel strongly that this name change better reflects who our members are to consumers,” said CEAM President Scott Waldner of

New Ulm, Minn. “The truth is, most of us don’t know what a ‘broiler’ is anymore — but everyone relates to chickens. This name change will help our farmers be more instantly

recognizable to the public.” Along with the name change, a new logo design gives an instant upgrade to all of CEAM’s materials, both printed and online.

“We took parts of the old logo that make sense for us to keep — an egg and feather — and reshaped them to be brighter and more modern,” Waldner said. “It’s a clean look and a great way for our organization to kick off a fresh start in 2013.” Both the name and logo were debuted recently at www.mnchicken. org, CEAM’s very first website presence. The website includes sections with information on Minnesota’s chicken and egg farmers, nutrition and recipes, poultry facts and figures and a special secure section for

Study: Ethanol policy increases food costs WASHNGTON — A new study released Jan. 8 demonstrates the change in U.S. food affordability trends since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) came into being in 2005. Dr. Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon LCC, the study’s author, shows that compared to long term trends, in 2012 the average family of four saw about a $2,000 increase in food costs, meaning that for the first time since the 1970s, food is becoming less affordable. For the country’s food spending, the current dollar above-trend 2012 food bill was $162 billion. In perspective, Elam notes, the increase in food spending is about the same as annual consumer spending on vehicle repairs, college education or telecommunications. Given the outlook for sustained high major crop prices through mid-2013, we are likely to see another very large 2013 food bill increase, Elam predicts in the study. A major component of the current decline in food affordability is, like the 1970s, booming grain and soybean prices. Unlike the 1970s, it is not exports this time around; grain and soybean exports are actually declining. Rather, the primary cause is booming use of corn in fuel ethanol production in the face of declining

corn production. The RFS requires 13.8 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol to be blended into gasoline in 2013, an amount that will use more than 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop, according to the USDA. Elam notes that corn is just one of many basic farm inputs used to produce the U.S. food supply. However, with increases in biofuel demand and declining corn production, corn prices have increased sharply. In turn, prices of other major crops have also gone up significantly. This ranges from major field crops like soybeans and wheat, to horticultural crops such as potatoes, strawberries and processing vegetable crops. Higher prices for other crops were necessary in order for those crops to compete with corn for land. With a very long and involved chain of production and supply of all the items that use these major crops, however, increases in their prices do not immediately show up at the supermarket or restaurant. But Elam argues with the sustained price increases since 2005, we are now seeing major impacts on food production costs, retail food prices and restaurant menu prices. Since 2005 consumers have

diverted increasing amounts of income to food, leaving less for more discretionary items, according to Elam. That spending diversion has contributed to the slow rate of improvement in unemployment, job creation, and thus total U.S. income. In short, increased food costs have decreased discretionary spending, robbing other sectors of sales needed to increase production and jobs. Elam also points out that as ethanol production has saturated the minimum E10 blend level, ethanol exports increased. Ethanol is simply priced so high that motorists have almost totally rejected the higher E85 blend. Elam concludes by saying that other than major increases in corn production, which is highly unlikely, the only other possibility for food affordability relief is to revisit the RFS, and lower ethanol production incentives. “Absent reform, the increasing RFS will continue to pull more and more agricultural commodity tonnage out of the food sector, further driving up food costs, and cause further reductions in food affordability,” Elam concluded. “Food affordability will continue to decline, even if there is no domestic market for additional ethanol production.”

its members. “We’re excited to go live with CEAM’s new website,” said Steve Olson, CEAM executive director. “It’s the first time CEAM has had its own presence on the Internet and our goal is to make it an excellent resource on chickens and eggs — and the farmers who raise them — for consumers and our members.” Along with the new website, CEAM also can be found on both Facebook (www.facebook.com/ minnesotachicken) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mnchicken or @ mnchicken).

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Viewpoint Compiled by Barbara Olejnik, Associate Editor 770-718-3440 bolejnik@poultrytimes.net

AFIA looks back at 2012 and into the future By Joel G. Newman

Special to Poultry Times

ARLINGTON, Va. — Happy New Year! 2012 was a challenging year for the feed industry. Most recently, we finally ended the saga of the U.S. elections with the reelection of President Obama. While American Feed Industry Association congratulated the president on a second term, the chalNewman lenge to the White House and Congress is to put action behind all the ‘appropriate’ things being said about bipartisanship because it’s pretty clear the public’s frustration with inaction on key issues — namely the economy, taxes, the Farm Bill — is close to the breaking point. It remains to be seen just how the country will move forward. Despite the virtual gridlock in Washington, life goes on, and with the new year comes new rules your company may be required to follow. As it was in 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) remains one of the biggest issues for our industry. Two years after being signed into law, we are finally beJoel G. Newman is president and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association with offices in Arlington, Va.

ginning to see the initial rules with which the industry must comply. FSMA requires the Bioterrorism Act registration to be renewed between the months of October and December of even-numbered years. This is applicable for owners, operators or agents in charge of “domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture/ process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption.” However, the original deadline of Dec. 31, 2012, has been extended until Jan. 31, 2013, so there is still time for you to comply. It should also be noted that Jan. 4, 2013, marks the effective date for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, where importers must verify the safety of imported products. Compliance with the new FSMA rules is mandatory, or else food facilities may be subject to suspension. AFIA has worked closely with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, ensuring these rules will help safeguard the safety of our nation’s food supply, while being fair and achievable to industry stakeholders. While the industry continues to go through a period of adjustment to the new enforcement policy, AFIA recommends that companies maintain detailed records of what is required by law. AFIA members are more than welcome to join any of the number of FSMA-related working groups, which have been essential behind the scenes during the various stages of the rulemaking process. Another impactful event for the industry in 2012 was the historic drought which impacted the cost and availability of corn supplies. Soil moistures have not been this

low since 1895 and it’s been more than half century since the country has had to endure such dire conditions — conditions that have taken their toll on the nation’s farmers and ranchers; ramifications of which will continue well into this year. Unfortunately for the industry, the ethanol blending mandate under the Renewable Fuels Standard was denied by the Environmental Protection Agency, so America’s food needs continue to be at odds with America’s fuel needs. AFIA will continue to fight for equality in for both food and fuel security. In June of 2012, AFIA together with the Council on Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics commissioned the study Future Patterns of U.S. Feed Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding. The project, financed by the Institute for Feed Education and Research, addresses how biofuels, annual reserves and exports impact the cost of livestock and poultry production and how food, feed and fuel resources will be allocated as we strive to feed a growing global population. The study is available at www.ifeeder.org. As you may know, IFEEDER’s mission is to support education and research to sustain the future of food production, and the creation of technology for increased efficient food production. IFEEDER has made tremendous progress in the short time it’s been established. In addition to the Future Patterns study, in 2012, IFEEDER has also supported projected including the National Research Council’s Nutrient Requirements for Swine and Nutrient Requirements for Beef publications, and is supporting research to better define the impact and control the occurrence of salmonella in feed and food. IFEEDER also helped to fund the “Adopt-a Teacher Program” to help truthfully educate our future food consumers about the importance of our modern food production system. Finally, we cannot talk about 2012 without mentioning the highly successful International Feed Expo. Last year, more than 20,500 industry

‘The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) remains one of the biggest issues for our industry . . . Compliance with the new FSMA rules is mandatory, or else food facilities may be subject to suspension. ’ Joel G Newman

AFIA President & CEO

stakeholders from over 100 countries attended the International Feed Expo which was co-located with the International Poultry Expo. We expect the 2013 Expo to be historic,

especially with the inclusion of the American Meat Institute’s International Meat Expo. Together, the integrated show will be known as the

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IPPE offers power of many under one roof By J. Patrick Boyle

Special to Poultry Times

WASHINGTON — If you are like me, you’ve got a list of personal and professional New Year’s resolutions still fresh in your mind and at the top of your priority list. While I may have been a member of the meat and poultry industry for more than two decades, our businesses are so dynamic and regulated so heavily that keeping up with changes, challenges and innovations is always a key to success. T h a t ’s where our Boyle upcoming International Production and Processing Exposition, Jan. 29-31 at the Georgia World Congress Center, will help. The combined strength of the meat, poultry and feed shows, now together for the first time, offers attendees more return on their time and travel investment than ever. The show will feature more than 110 hours of educational programming covering a diverse mix of topics to J. Patrick Boyle is president and CEO of the American Meat Institute with offices in Washington, D.C.

satisfy the needs and interests of a wide range of attendees. The program will start strong on Monday, Jan. 28, with a new conference for poultry processors titled Animal Care and Handling - Focus on Poultry. The special session will be offered from 1- 5 p.m. The timely program will be taught by leading experts on poultry care and handling and will provide poultry processors with in-depth instruction on topics such as stunning systems for chickens and turkeys; factors affecting chicken and turkey quality; an overview of National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers animal care guidelines; and broiler, layer and turkey handling & transport quality assurance. Scientists may learn about the latest research and technology, pathogen reduction, antibiotic use and safety while other attendees learn about social media, from how to set up a Twitter page to how to write Tweets with more impact that will earn you more followers. The last day of the show will feature a new and unique offering: on camera media training. This limited attendance session will feature expert instruction from peers in the industry who know about media relations and some of the unique challenges that ag communicators face in talking about our businesses and the issues we face.

‘Our businesses are so dynamic and regulated so heavily that keeping up with changes, challenges and innovations is always a key to success.’ J. Patrick Boyle

AMI president & CEO

Other not-to-be missed sessions include Meat and Poultry Processing: A Global Perspective, which will offer a breakdown of the latest regulatory developments, an examination of the impact of a food safety event, the latest information on the global food safety initiative, equivalency issues with Brazil and an update on CODEX. These sessions are so critical to the international audience that we are offering translations in Portuguese and Spanish. Meanwhile, the Consumer Trends program will provide attendees results of new consumer trends research, a thoughtful look at the impact the economy has had on meat and poultry purchases, and how to provide consumers with the products and programs that will keep them as long-term repeat customers. And the Operations and Management forum will offer a series of courses designed to give managers real solutions to critical challenges,

Viewpoint such as commodity inventory risk management and lean manufacturing. For me, there’s more good news when it comes to other New Year’s resolutions, especially the perennial “exercise more.” With more than nine football fields of exhibit space featuring 1,200 exhibitors showcasing plant equipment, ingredients, services and much more, I’m packing some comfortable shoes so I can visit as many exhibitors as possible. At this show, no one will need to hunt for new technology on the floor. In fact, some of it will be spotlighted in the 2013 Innovators Circle - New Product Showcase. The Innovators Circle is an opportunity for exhibitors to continuously display new technology and products in a special section of the expo. And if you can’t bear to leave the floor, education is planned right there among the exhibits. Technology XChange, a popular series of exhibitor presentations, will be held right on the floor. Formerly known as Meat Tech, these technical sessions presented by suppliers cover topics from Livestock and Poultry Production Technology to Sustainability and more, including:  Food Safety Interventions and Ingredients  Recent Analytical Methods of Pathogens  Feed Technology  Application of Sanitary De-

sign Principles for Meat & Poultry Processing Equipment and Facilities  Packaging Technologies, and  Information Technology Collection and When you need a change of pace, consider a plant tour at nearby Birchwood Foods, a world-class meat processing operation in Norcross, Ga., that is opening the doors to IPPE attendees. Visitors will get an up close look at food safety processes and worker safety initiatives through a comprehensive tour. A question and answer session with plant staff exclusive for attendees will follow the tour. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from your peers. For me, learning a language has been a major priority for years, and I’ve been dutifully working on Spanish. Considering that one in five attendees will come from outside the U.S., I know I’ll have ample opportunities to greet Latin American attendees. I look forward to welcoming other guests from Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean, as well. We’ll offer a host of special services and show them what Southern American hospitality is all about. And did I mention networking? With more than 25,000 attendees expected at the show, you will have the chance to meet leaders from the

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Business Compiled by David B. Strickland, Editor 770-718-3442 dstrickland@poultrytimes.net

USDA final crop report details drought losses The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — The federal government released its final crop report for 2012 on Jan. 11, detailing heavy losses caused by the worst drought the U.S. has experienced since the 1950s. Much of the attention focused on corn, which is widely used as an ingredient in many foods and as feed for livestock. Farmers produced less than three-fourths of the corn the USDA anticipated when planting was done in the spring. The year-end report shows a harvest of 10.78 billion bushels, 27 percent less than the agency’s initial estimate of 14.8 billion bushels. The harvest, however, was still one of the largest in U.S. history. Farmers say better crop technology that improved the ability of corn to withstand drought saved them from more devastating losses, and production was helped by the large number of acres planted this year. The USDA closed the year by saying farmers planted 97.2 million acres of corn, the most since 1937. Farmers have been planting more corn as demand has risen with ethanol production. Just a decade ago, fewer than 80 million acres were planted in corn. While the drought eventually spread to cover two-thirds of the nation, its impact varied widely from one region of the corn belt to another. Some Iowa farmers saw

decent results, while those in parts of Illinois and Indiana could only watch as plants withered and died after months of drought. “I’ve yet to run into anyone around me that wasn’t ready for 2013 to come,” said Earl Williams, 62, a former Illinois Soybean Association president who farms 1,000 acres near Rockford, Ill. Helped by crop insurance, he managed to break even last year despite getting 7 or 8 bushels less per acre than he usually does. His cornfields took an even bigger hit, producing 50 to 60 bushels short of the 150 to 160 bushels he’d typically reap. The USDA had predicted a record average yield of 166 bushels per acre of corn when warm weather got farmers in the fields early. But the government began scaling back estimates as the drought spread across two-thirds of the nation. Farmers may have reason to be nervous about prospects this spring when they hit the fields to plant again. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly updates have shown few signs the drought is relenting. Sixty percent of the continental U.S. is still in some form of drought, and climatologists say it would take an absurd amount of snow for conditions to change much during the winter. The best hope, they say, is for heavy spring rains.

Other Business News West Liberty notes ‘landfill free’ status WEST LIBERTY, Iowa — West Liberty Foods LLC has announced that its West Liberty, Iowa, facility has successfully achieved “landfill free” status. This status was independently verified by NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd., and dated Dec. 13, 2012, meaning that West Liberty Foods achieved their goal of becoming a “landfill free” company within one calendar year, the company noted. The NSF-IRS verification process was used to ensure that West Liberty Foods could demonstrate the total waste from its West Liberty facility entering the landfill was less than 1 percent. West Liberty Foods is among the first companies in the U.S. to have its “landfill free” claim verified by a third party organization, a major milestone in the food industry, the company noted. Through working to accomplish this status, the company’s West Liberty, Iowa, facility has successfully diverted more than 2 million pounds of annual waste from the local landfill. As the primary processing facility, the West Liberty location faced some unique challenges which were met by the team resulting in environmentally friendly solutions, the company added. “The West Liberty team used innovation to convert soiled plastic into a combustible material that would be accepted by the disposal incinerator,” said Gerald Lessard, vice president and chief operating officer for West Liberty Foods. “The utilization of this technology exemplified the innovative character of West liberty Foods and our team members.” The West Liberty location is the last of the company’s facilities to be verified as “landfill free,” with the others being in Tremonton, Utah, in March 2012, and Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in July 2012. The company’s combined total waste saved from

the landfill annually is now at 7.5 million pounds.or roughly 312 residential dump trucks, which represents waste from more than 265,000 households. “This accomplishment marks a significant milestone in the history of our company, our industry and our state,” said Ed Garrett, president and CEO of West Liberty Foods. “Being ‘landfill free’ is a testament to our team, and it is my hope that other companies will see our success here and undertake similar initiatives in their own businesses.” The company also noted that it plans to hold an event celebrating these successes in the spring at the facility in West Liberty, Iowa. More information can be obtained at www.wlfoods.com.

Cal-Maine reports quarterly results JACKSON, Miss. — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has announced results for the second quarter and six months ended Dec. 1, 2012. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 were $328.9 million compared with net sales of $290.4 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2012. The company reported net income of $14.3 million, or 60 cents per basic share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with net income of $23.3 million, or 97 cents per basic share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. For the first six months of fiscal 2013, net sales were $601.8 million compared with net sales of $534.2 million for the prior-year period. The company reported net income of $23.7 million, or 99 cents per basic share, for the first half of fiscal 2013 compared with net income of $26.4 million, or $1.11 per basic share, for the year-earlier period. “We are pleased with the continued growth in sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2013; however, our operating results also reflect challenging market conditions and increased input costs, said Dolph

Baker, chairman, president and CEO of Cal-Maine Foods Inc. “The higher sales reflect a 9.1 percent growth in dozens sold and a 4 percent increase in average selling prices compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Our specialty egg sales accounted for 16.4 percent of dozens sold and 22.9 percent of total shell egg sales revenue for the quarter. Specialty eggs are an important area of focus for Cal-Maine Food’s growth strategy as they continue to gain popularity with consumers looking for healthy choices, and have higher and less cyclical retail selling prices. Specialty egg prices were up 4.8 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with the same period last year.” “Our profitability for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was adversely affected by higher costs for corn and soybean meal, our primary feed ingredients, and additional expenses related to recent acquisitions,” Baker said. “The severe drought over the summer months pushed corn prices to record high levels at the end of the summer. While these costs have come off their peak levels, our feed costs per dozen were 23.4 percent higher in the second quarter than the same period a year ago. We expect our feed costs to remain high and volatile for the remainder of fiscal 2013. In addition, according to the most recent USDA report, the number of laying hens on Dec. 1, 2012, was 2.5 percent higher compared with a year ago, affecting the current market supply of eggs. However, the hatch for egg- type chicks has declined over the past two consecutive years and was down 2.9 percent for the first 11 months of calendar 2012 compared with the same period in calendar 2011. While we note these market dynamics for Cal-Maine Foods and our industry, we remain focused on executing our strategy to be an efficient low-cost producer.” “We continued to expand our operations in fiscal 2013 as we com(Continued on next page)


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pleted another acquisition during the second quarter,” he added. “As previously announced, we acquired the commercial egg production and related assets of Texas-based Maxim Production Co. Inc., including a feed mill and two production complexes with capacity for approximately 3.5 million laying hens with related pullet capacity. In addition, we added related contract capacity for approximately 500,000 laying hens. “This transaction, along with our previous acquisition of the Pilgrim’s Pride egg production assets, further advances our strategy to grow our business through selective acquisitions. Our management team is focused on making the right investments to ensure a successful integration of these additional facilities. We are pleased with our progress to date and look forward to the new opportunities ahead for Cal-Maine Foods.” For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, Cal-Maine Foods will pay a cash dividend of approximately 19.9 cents per share to holders of its common and Class A common stock. The amount paid could vary slightly based on the amount of outstanding shares on the record date. The dividend is payable Feb. 14, 2013, to shareholders of record on Jan. 30, 2013. More information can be obtained at www.calmainefoods.com.

USB examining river locks & dams ST. LOUIS — The U.S. shipping industry received a reminder of how much a lock closure can cost when Lock 27 on the Mississippi River closed for five days in the fall due to emergency repairs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that an unscheduled closure at this lock can cost up to $2.8 million per day. Emergency fixes and unscheduled maintenance cost shippers and those using shippers to move products. Additionally, the inadequacies of

the aging U.S. lock and dam system can add burden, time and costs due to inefficiencies. A recent study funded by the United Soybean Board’s Global Opportunities program in coordination with the Soy Transportation Coalition examined these inefficiencies and potential maintenance solutions for this vital part of U.S. infrastructure. The U.S. inland waterways serve as important and economical routes to transport U.S. soy to global markets. Fifty-nine percent of total 2011 soybean exports passed through Mississippi River ports in southern Louisiana. Of those soybeans, 89 percent passed through the locks on U.S. inland waterways on the way to the ports. “We’re shipping more than half of our soybeans out of this country to foreign markets,” said Dale Profit, soybean farmer and USB farmer-leader from Van Wert, Ohio. “To get those beans to the end user as efficiently as we can and remain competitive in the world market, we need a properly maintained waterway system that meets our needs.” One approach recommended in the study would be to place greater emphasis on maintenance, rather than new construction, of the current lock and dam system, except in certain circumstances, the group noted. Such an approach could take several forms, including minimal routine and preventative maintenance (this is also called a “fix as fails” strategy) or some routine and preventative maintenance. The ideal situation would include providing regular routine maintenance and major rehabilitation. Currently it is estimated that within the next 50 years, major rehabilitation will be needed at all 171 U.S. lock sites, USB noted. “The lock and dam system is the backbone for transporting soybeans and grain in this country,” Profit said. “It’s important that this infrastructure be properly maintained.” More information can be obtained at www.unitedsoybean.org

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Savannah port makes crane upgrades The Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Port of Savannah has recently rolled out towering mobile cranes that run mostly on electricity, technology that port officials said would slash diesel fuel consumption by nearly 6 million gallons a year once the entire fleet is upgraded during the next decade. The 80-foot gantry cranes, which span six truck lanes, load and unload cargo containers from trucks carrying goods to and from the nation’s fourth-busiest container port. The manufacturer of the electric cranes, Finnish company Konecranes, said Savannah was the first U.S. seaport to use them. “What you are seeing here is going to set a new benchmark for electrifying this type of equipment in the U.S.,” said Curtis Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. The cranes cost about $1.8 million apiece and the Savannah port is starting out with just four in its total fleet of 116. Foltz said it could take 10 years to replace all the port’s diesel-powered cranes. Once that’s done, port officials said, the switch would not only slash emissions but also save about $10 million a year. It’s not the first move aimed at cutting diesel consumption at the Savannah port, which moved just shy of 3 million cargo containers in 2012. The port installed giant shipto-shore cranes that run entirely on electricity more than a decade ago, and later switched to electric refrigeration racks that keep cool poultry and other perishable products being shipped in containers. The port authority says those changes already have reduced diesel fuel use by 5.4 million gallons a year. The problem with electrifying mobile cranes is that they need to move about the port terminal on rubber tires, so they can’t stay plugged in. Konecranes ended up producing a model that runs back-and-forth along a 500-foot electrified rail

while it’s moving cargo. When the cranes need to cruise to another stack of containers, they switch to diesel power for the trip. Richard Cox, general manager of equipment and facilities engineering for the Georgia Ports Authority, said the new cranes would run on electric power 95 percent of the time. Konecranes expects it won’t be long until other U.S. ports start using the company’s electric mobile cranes as well. Tuomas Saastamoinen, the company’s sales and marketing director, said seaports in China, Hong Kong and Turkey are already using the cranes and other American ports are talking with the company about upgrading their equipment. He said he expects even more interest in the U.S. now that the electric cranes are being used in Savannah. “Basically it tells the other facilities that it can be done, it’s proven and it works,” Saastamoinen said.

Monsanto expands Latin American sales The Associated Press

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products giant Monsanto reported on Jan. 8, that its profit nearly tripled in the first fiscal quarter as sales of its biotech corn seeds expanded in Latin America. The company raised its earnings guidance for the year, briefly lifting its shares to its highest level in more than four years. The company’s sales grew 21 percent to $2.9 billion in the quarter, with most of the increase coming from the company’s corn seed business. The St. Louis company earned $339 million, or 63 cents per share in the three months ended Nov. 30. The company’s first fiscal period is usually not very profitable, as farming operations slow during the fall months in the U.S. and Europe. But increased sales in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and other Latin American countries helped drive earnings from September through November. Monsanto told investors last year that it expects to benefit more from the growing season in the Southern hemisphere. Monsanto predicts that international sales will account for half of its growth in seeds for fiscal 2013, which ends in August.

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votes to pass either the agriculture committee’s bill or the one passed by the Senate. Republicans and Democrats have disagreed about where and how big spending cuts should be made in agricultural programs, especially in nutritional programs. Food stamps and other nutrition programs account for a large portion of farm bill spending. Republicans have called for larger cuts to nutrition programs while Democrats have opposed such action. An item in the overall legislation that agricultural groups did approve of was restoration of the $5 million exemption level for the estate tax, which could have fallen to just $1 million. The deal provides for a tax rate of 40 percent on estates with a value greater than $5 million, or $10 million per couple, and is indexed to inflation. All changes to the estate

Program gives farmers look at soy checkoff tax under the fiscal cliff package are permanent. In an earlier letter House of Representative leaders, California groups had pointed out that reducing the exemption level to $1 million could affect approximately 27,091 California farmers and ranchers. Under the $5 million exemption, 6,245 California farmers and ranchers would be subject to the estate tax on farmland and buildings. National Milk Producers Federation president and CEO Jerry Kozak noted that the higher exemption is an important issue to farmland estates since it would only take 333 acres at $15,000 per acre to max out on the exemption. While extending the Farm Bill to September 2013 will let farmers know what to expect for the next crop year, the extension into the next Congress also means a new, more permanent Farm Bill will have to begin from scratch.

ST. LOUIS — This summer, 10 U.S. soybean farmers from across the country will get the chance to see how the United Soybean Board (USB) puts their soy checkoff investment to use. To find out who those 10 farmers will be, the national soy checkoff has begun accepting applications for its sixth annual See for Yourself program. See For Yourself offers farmers the chance to see the checkoff in action and evaluate a wide range of checkoff activities. The 2013 See for Yourself session will take place July 21–27. The soy checkoff said that it invites all soybean farmers from around the country to visit USB’s website and apply. The application deadline is April 1. “See for Yourself is truly exceptional,” said David Hartke, chair-

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a.m.-6 p.m.  Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. AFIA will again host the Pet Food Conference (Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.), which will provide attendees with high-level regulatory and legislative updates from industry leaders and key federal decision makers. The International Education Program (Jan. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.) will highlight issues imperative to feed manufacturers and related industries. Beside these two programs, we encourage Expo at-

tendees to take full advantage of the assortment of education opportunities, such as:  Animal Ag Sustainability Summit — Jan. 28-29  International Rendering Symposium — Jan. 31 - Feb. 1  Technology XChange — Jan. 29-30 We believe the 2013 International Production and Processing Expo is a great way to begin the New Year and hope you will stop by the AFIA booth on the A-Hall show floor, booth No. 1551. On behalf of everyone at AFIA, we wish you the best for the new year!

livering what so many people have asked sought for years: one stop shopping under a single exposition roof and in a world-class city like Atlanta. We look forward to seeing

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man of the USB Audit and Evaluation committee, which sponsors See for Yourself. “Farmer-participants have the chance to see the activities of their checkoff up close, and draw their own conclusions at the same time. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Selected farmer-participants will visit several sites that demonstrate the soy checkoff’s efforts to improve the value of U.S. soy meal and oil; ensure soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate; and meet the needs of U.S. soy customers, the group noted. Participants will first meet in St. Louis, Mo., headquarters of USB, to receive an overview of the organization and see how the checkoff works on behalf of soybean farmers domestically. The group will then travel to

International Production and Processing Expo. Before even opening its doors, IPPE has already set records with more than 1,150 exhibitors covering over 430,000 net square feet of exhibit space. That’s 21 acres of premiere feed, poultry and meat industry stakeholders all under one roof — so be sure to bring comfortable shoes! The 2013 Expo will be hosted Jan. 28-31 in Atlanta, Ga., at the Georgia World Conference Center. The show hours are:  Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013: 11

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Seminar addresses livestock and poultry feed patterns WASHINGTON — Biofuels, annual reserves and global demand are among the factors impacting livestock and poultry feed availability and cost, according to Joel G. Newman, American Feed Industry Association president and CEO. Newman spoke at a recent seminar on “Future Feed Patterns for U.S. Livestock and Poultry� held in Washington, D.C., and presented by the Council on Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics (C-FARE) in conjunction with the USDA Economist Group and AFIA. He discussed the study “Future

Patterns of U.S. Feed Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding,� a project financed by the Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER) on behalf of AFIA and C-FARE. The report, which was released in July 2012, addresses the factors driving the cost of livestock and poultry production and how food, feed and fuel resources will be allocated in striving to feed a growing global population. This demand is putting pressure on an already strained U.S. food system, which has suffered significant crop reduction due in part to

last year’s historic drought which impacted the cost and availability of corn supplies. “This would have been the perfect year to waive the ethanol blending mandate under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which was unfortunately denied by the EPA,� Newman said “This is not a price-related issue, but an issue of equal access to the available supplies that are out there.� Also speaking at the seminar were Dr. Harrry Baumes, director of the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, USDA Office of the Chief Economist, and Dr. Jennifer Bond,

Perdue seeks up to $2.5M in poultry pollution case The Associated Press

BALTIMORE — Perdue Farms is seeking up to $2.5 million in attorney fees following its victory in a poultry pollution case that had been closely watched by environmentalist and agriculture interests for its potential impact on the industry, a company spokeswoman said Jan. 9. The poultry giant is seeking to recoup attorney fees from the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance, which sued the company and an Eastern Shore contract grower, Perdue spokeswoman Julie DeYoung said. The poultry giant said in its filing U.S. District Court in Baltimore that the environmental group continued to litigate what it called a groundless case after learning that an uncovered pile of what was claimed to be chicken manure turned out to be harmless. The company also said the court had noted that while defendants are “not normally entitled to recover their legal fees, such an award would not be unprecedented.� A telephone call and e-mail by The Associated Press seeking comment from the alliance was not immediately returned. Jane Barrett, director of the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic, said the motions were not unusual

or unexpected. The clinic, which is representing the alliance in the case, would respond, Barrett said. A federal judge ruled last month that farmer Alan Hudson, who raises chickens on his Berlin farm for Perdue, did not pollute a nearby river as the environmental group claimed. U.S. District Judge William Nickerson ruled the alliance failed to prove its case. The alliance argued that Perdue, which owns the chickens and monitors their growth, should also be held responsible. The case was filed after the alliance flew over the farm in 2009 and

photographed what it believed was an uncovered pile of chicken manure and later found water samples in the area containing high bacteria levels. The pile turned out not to be chicken manure. The group later blamed nearby water pollution on fans that ventilate the two chicken houses and traffic in and out of the houses, which can hold about 80,000 birds. The poultry industry has more than 1,600 family farms on the Eastern Shore. Agriculture interests said a ruling against Perdue and the farm could have been catastrophic to farmers and the industry.

research economist, Crops Branch, Markets and Trade Economics Division, USDA Economic Research Service. Baumes, speaking on feedstocks and biofuels, explained about an existing mandate where no more than 15 billion gallons of corn starch can be used to meet the RFS. According to him, although challenges exist, they are being addressed and significant strides are being made to use alternative resources apart from feed, including algae, woody biomass, switch grass and municipal solid waste. “The U.S. can produce and meet food, fiber and fuel needs,�

stated Baumes. China is the world’s largest pork market constituting almost half of global production (49.6 percent). Bond stated the number is expected to increase to 53.7 percent in the next decade. Although the price of corn is higher in China than in the U.S. which saw record high prices last year, the country is a major corn importer, with 3.15 percent of the total global imports. This is a major contributor to U.S. demand. Despite the challenges and constraints, Newman stated, “The U.S. agricultural system is the envy of the world.�

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JAN 25 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Athens, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; www.georgiaagforecast.com. JAN 28 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, ECO Center, Rome, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; www.georgiaagforecast.com. — INT’L. POULTRY JAN 28-29 SCIENTIFIC FORUM, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: Southern Poultry Science Society, P.O. Box 1705, Clemson, S.C. 29633. Ph: 662325-3416; execsec@southernpoultrysciencesociety.org; www. southernpoultrysciencesociety.org. JAN 28-29 — UEP BOARD MTNG., Atlanta, Ga. Contact: United Egg Producers, 1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770-360-9220; www.unitedegg.com. JAN 29 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, Georgia Farm Bureau, Macon, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental

Sciences; www.georgiaagforecast.com. JAN 29 — NCC TECHNICAL & REGULATORY COMMITTEE, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1052 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-296-2622; ncc@ chickenusa.org; www.nationalchickencouncil.org; www.eatchicken.com. — INTERNATIONAL JAN 29-31 PRODUCTION & PROCESSING EXPO, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-493-9401, seminar@uspoultry. org, www.poultryegginstitute.org; or American Feed Industry Association, 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 916, Arlington, Va. 22201, 703-524-0810, afia@afia.org, www.afia.org; American Meat Institute, 1150 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Wshington, D.C. 20036, 202-587-4200, www.meatami.com JAN 29-Feb. 1 — NPFDA ANNUAL CONV., Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Poultry & Food Distributors Assocatiion, 2014 Osborne Road, Saint Marys, Ga. 31558. Ph: 770-535-

9901; kkm@npfda.org; www.npfda.org. JAN 30 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, UGA Tifton Conference Center, Tifton, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; www.georgiaagforecast.com. JAN 30 — CHICKEN SUMMIT 2013 ADVSORY GROUP, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1052 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-296-2622; ncc@ chickenusa.org; www.nationalchickencouncil.org; www.eatchicken.com. —NCC MARKETING JAN 30 COMMITTEE, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1052 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-296-2622; ncc@chickenusa.org; www.nationalchickencouncil.org; www.eatchicken.com. JAN 30 — NCC BOARD MTNG., Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1052 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-296-2622; ncc@ chickenusa.org; www.nationalchickencouncil.org; www.eatchicken.com. — NEQS ANNUAL JAN 30 STAKEHOLDERS MTNG., Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Egg Quality School, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy., Annapolis, Md. 21401. Ph: 410-841-5769; Deanna. Baldwin@maryland.gov; www.neqs.org. JAN 31 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, Decatur County Livestock Complex, Bainbridge, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; www.georgiaagforecast.com. FEB 1 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, Toombs County Agri-Center, Lyons, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; www.georgiaagforecast.com. 1 — NORTH FEB 12-March AMERICAN LECTURE TOUR. Contact: Alltech International, 3031 Catnip Hill Pike, Nicholasville, Ky. 40356; www.alltech.com FEB 13-16 — NTF ANNUAL CONF., Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: National Turkey Federation, 1225 New York Ave., N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-898-0100; info@turkeyfed.org; www.eatturkey.com. FEB 20-21 — NPI CONV., Norfolk Lodge & Suites, Divots Conference Center, Norfolk, Neb. Contact: Nebraska Poultry Industries Inc., University of Nebraska, 102 Mussehl Hall, P.O. Box 830721, Lincoln, Neb. 685830721; 402-472-2051; egg-turkey@uni.edu; www.nepoultry.org.

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OUTLOOK FORUM, Crystal-Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Va. Contact: USDA at www.usda.gov/oce/forum. FEB 24-26 — ANNUAL MEAT CONF., Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: American Meat Institute, 1150 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20036. Ph: 202-587-4200; www.meatami.com. FEB 25-27 — PEPA ANNUAL CONV., Intercontinental, Monterey, Calif. Contact: Pacific Egg & Poultry Association, 1521 I St., Sacramento, Calif. 95814. Ph: 916-441-0801; dmurdock@cgfa.org; www.pacificegg.org. 17 — HOUSTON FEB 25-March LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO, Houston, Texas. Contact: Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, P.O. Box 20070, Houston, Texas 77225-0070. Ph: 832-667-1000; questions@ rodeohouston.com; www.hlrs.com. FEB 28-March 2 — SGFA and GFGA ANNUAL CONV., Doubletree Guest Suites, Charleston, S.C. Contact: Bonnie Holloman, Southeastern Grain & Feed Association (Georgia Feed & Grain Association), P.O. Box 58220, Raleigh, N.C. 27658. Ph: 919-3340098; bonnie.holloman@yahoo.com. MAR 12 — CPF WINTER BOARD MTNG., Piccadilly Inn, Fresno, Calif. Contact: California Poultry Federation, 4640 Spyres Way, Suite 4, Modesto, Calif. 95356. PAh: 209-576-6355; www.cpif.org. MAR 11-15 — AFIA SPRING COMMITTEE MTNGS./PURCHASING & INGREDIENT SUPPLIERS CONF., Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: American Feed Industry Association, 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 916. Arlington, Va. 22201. Ph: 703524-0810; afia@afia.org; www.afia.org. — ENVIRONMENTAL MAR 12-13 MGMNT. SMNR, Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, La. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-493-9401; seminar@uspoultry. org; www.poultryegginstitute.org. MAR 12-14 — MPF ANNUAL CONV., Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn. Contact: Midwest Poultry Federation, 108 Marty Drive, Buffalo, Minn. 55313. Ph: 763-682-2171; info@midwestpoultry.com; www.midwestpoultry.com. MAR 13 — CEAM ANNUAL MTNG., Saint Paul RiverCentr, St. Paul, Minn. Contact: Chicken & Egg Association of Minnesota, 108 Marty Drive, Buffalo, Minn. 55313. Ph: 763-682-2171; info@ mnchicken.org; www.mnchicken.org. MAR 13 — MTGA ANNUAL MTNG., Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn. Contact: Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, 108 Marty Drive, Buffalo, Minn. 55313. Ph: 763-682-2171; info@minnesotaturkey.com; www.minnesotaturkey.com. MAR 20-21 — FEED MILL MGMNT. SMNR, Doubletree Hotel, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg

Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770493-9401, seminar@uspoultry. org, www.poultryegginstitute.org. MAR 20-21 — AEB BOARD MTNG., Chicago, Ill. Ga. Contact: American Egg Board, 1460 Renaissance Drive, Park Ridge, Ill. 60068. Ph: 847-2967043; aeb@aeb.org; www.aeb.org. APR 5 — OPA INDUSTRY CELEBRATION BANQUET, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Ohio Poultry Association, 5930 Sharonb Woods Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43229. Ph: 614-882-6111; jchakeres@ ohiopoultry.org; www.ohiopoultry.org. APR 17 — DPI BOOSTER BANQUET, Salisbury, Md. Contact: Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., 16686 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown, Del. 19947-4881; dpi@ dpichicken.com; www.dpichicken.com APR 19-21 — GPF ANNUAL SPRING MTNG., Lake Lanier Islands Resort, Buford, Ga. Contact: Georgia Poultry Federation, P.O. Box 763, Gainesville, Ga. 30503. Ph: 770-532-0473; claudette@gapf.org; www.gapf.org. APR 22-24 — HUMAN RESOURCES SMNR., Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, Fla. Mo. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-493-9401, seminar@uspoultry. org, www.poultryegginstitute.org. MAY 1-2 — STAKEHOLDERS SUMMIT, Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, Arlington, Va. Contact: Animal Agriculture Alliance, 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 916B, Arlington, Va. 22201. Ph: 703-562-1412; kjohnson@animalagalliance.org; www//animalagalliance.org. MAY 2-3 — NATIONAL BREEDERS ROUNDTABLE, Airport Marriott Hotel, St. Louis, Mo. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-493-9401, seminar@uspoultry. org, www.poultryegginstitute.org. MAY 14-15 — AFIA BOARD MTNG., Arlington, Va. Contact: American Feed Industry Association, 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 916, Arlington, Va. 22201. Ph: 703524-0810; afia@afia.org, www.afia.org. MAY 15-16 — POULTRY PROCESSORS WKSHP., Embassy Suites Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770493-9401, seminar@uspoultry. org, www.poultryegginstitute.org. MAY 19-22 — ALLTECH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, Lexington, Ky. Contact: Alltech International, 3031 Catnip Hill Pike, Nicholasville, Ky. 40356; www.alltech.com/symposium. MAY 20-22 — UEP LEGISLATIVE BOARD MTNG., Washington, D.C. Contact: United Egg Producers, 1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770360-9220; www.unitedegg.com.


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IME to offer attendee services and education sessions ATLANTA — The American Meat Institute has announced a wide range of services for international attendees at the International Meat Expo (IME). The IME will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., from Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Thursday, Jan. 31, as part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). With 20 percent of attendees coming from outside of the U.S. at last year’s event, the IPPE is a proud partner with the U.S. Department of Commerce as participants in the In-

ternational Buyer Program, which recruits thousands of qualified foreign buyers, sales representatives and business partners to U.S. trade shows each year. Among the many services for international attendees, IME will offer a simultaneous translation of education sessions covering pressing food safety issues. Translations will be available in Spanish and Portuguese. Meanwhile, IPPE will offer buyer matching, conference rooms, translation services, Internet access and coffee service during the show.

Educational programs AMI has also announced the complete schedule of free education programs at the IME. These programs offer a wide array of education sessions covering pressing meat and poultry issues, including a breakdown of the latest regulatory developments, an indepth look at the global impact of the meat and poultry business, and plant operations sessions designed to provide real solutions to critical in-plant challenges, the group notes.

The “Meat and Poultry Processing: A Global Perspective” program will offer a breakdown of the latest regulatory developments, an examination of the impact of a food safety event, the latest information on the global food safety initiative, equivalency issues with Brazil and an update on CODEX. The “Consumer Trends” program will provide attendees results of new consumer trends research, a thoughtful look at the impact the economy has had on meat and poultry purchases, and how to provide

consumers with the products and programs that will keep them as long-term repeat customers. And the “Operations and Management Forum” will offer a series of courses designed to give managers real solutions to critical challenges, such as commodity inventory risk management and packaging for operational success. More information can be obtained at www.ime13.org. More information about the American Meat Institute can be obtained at www.meatami.com.

American Meat Institute Foundation releases 2012 ‘Year in Review’ WASHINGTON — The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) has released a “Year in Review” that details the significant accomplishments of the organization during the past year. AMIF is a non-profit research, education and information foundation established by the American Meat Institute. During 2012, AMIF conducted many successful research projects, including working closely with

customers in the retail community to address listeria control in service deli operations. Research funded by both AMIF and the Food Marketing Institute Foundation has documented the potential for crosscontamination during storage, preparation and handling. Both organizations continue working cooperatively to investigate listeria control, develop solutions and communicate findings to

the industry and regulatory agencies. AMIF also conducted research on Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in beef products. The findings provided the necessary scientific support for plants to validate their HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) plans and avoid unnecessary testing expenses associated with USDA’s declaration of an additional six STEC as adul-

AMI announces several staff promotions WASHINGTON — American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle has announced three internal staff promotions that will assist the institute in continuing to successfully serve the needs of the meat and poultry industry and its members.  In the AMI Foundation, Susan Backus, was promoted to executive director of the AMI Foundation. Backus has been a member of AMI since June 1997, and is responsible for the administrative management of food safety research projects initiated by the foundation. Backus also serves as the director of administration for the Shelf-Stable Food Processors Association, which is managed by AMI. Backus received a bachelor of arts in history from

West Virginia University.  Betsy Booren, will become the chief scientist of the AMI Foundation. Booren joined AMI in January 2009 after completing her doctorate in food science and technology from Texas A&M University, master of science degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska, and bachelor of science degree in food science from Michigan State University. Booren’s responsibilities include coordinating research activities for the AMI Foundation and responding to the technical and scientific needs of AMI members. She is also the staff liaison to the AMI Scientific Affairs Advisory Committee.  In the Member Services De-

partment, Eric Zito will now serve as the director of Membership and Exposition Services. Zito began working at AMI in January 2006. In addition to handling a variety of tasks in the Convention and Member Services department, he is responsible for managing the membership database. Zito earned a bachelor’s of science in economics from the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business. “These promotions are in recognition of our colleagues’ increasing contributions to the programs and services that AMI provides to its member companies,” Boyle said. “I am confident that they will continue to serve the institute and the industry well.”

terants in non-intact beef products. Also, groundbreaking research on the safety of nitrite to cure meat and poultry products occurred in 2012, as a team of international experts commissioned by AMIF published an updated review of ingested nitrate and nitrite and cancer, the group noted. This peer-reviewed

scientific journal article documents the profound beneficial effects of nitric oxide in humans and found that human exposure to nitrite and nitrate should now be considered a normal and necessary part of human physiology. All research can be viewed at the AMIF website at www.amif.org.


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USDA names 597 counties drought disaster areas WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for lowinterest emergency loans. These are the first disaster designations made by USDA in 2013. “As drought persists, USDA will continue to partner with producers to see them through longer-term recovery, while taking the swift actions needed to help farmers and ranchers prepare their land and operations for the upcoming planting season,� said Vilsack. “I will also continue to work with Congress to encourage passage of a Food, Farm and Jobs bill that gives rural America the long-term certainty they need, including a strong and defensible safety net.�

The 597 counties have shown a drought intensity value of at least D2 (Drought Severe) for eight consecutive weeks based on U.S. Drought Monitor measurements, providing for an automatic designation. The Drought Monitor is produced in partnership by USDA, the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Drought Monitor measures drought intensity on a scale from D1 to D4, as moderate, severe, extreme or exceptional. In 2012, USDA designated 2,245 counties in 39 states as disaster areas due to drought, or 71 percent of the U.S. USDA actions to get help to farmers, ranchers and businesses impacted by the 2012

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Obituaries Wentworth Hubbard

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WALPOLE, N.H. — Oliver Wentworth (Went) Hubbard , 83, president and CEO for Hubbard Farms from 1962-1986, died Sept. 8. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Mr. Hubbard. served in the United States Army, 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War where he received the Bronze Star. He was President of Tulsa Baseball Inc. from 1986 until present. Mr. Hubbard served as a member of the American Egg Board, New Hampshire Poultry Growers Association, New Hampshire Agricultural Conference, 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire, chairman of the Walpole School Board for seven years, vice president of the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Board, director of Bank North, director of the National Broiler Council, member of the New Hampshire Agricultural Advisory Council, trustee of Vermont Academy and long time association with the Walpole American Legion Baseball Program. Survivors include his sons, Dale of Walpole, N.H., and Jeff of Durham, N.C.; daughters Jan Jefferis of St. Peters, Mo., and Heidi Crotty of Walpole; brother Robert of Walpole; 15 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Henry J.B. Barnes, 82, former Hubbard Farms director of production and sales for the eastern U.S. and Canada, died Nov. 26. He served in the U.S. Naval Forces during the Korean War as an airplane mechanic. He began employment at Lockheed Aircraft and at the same time dabbled as a parttime mechanic for what was the beginning of stock car racing. He then began what would be a lifetime career in the poultry industry. While employed full time at Martin Feed & Poultry, he went to night school at the University of Georgia, graduated with degrees in business/ accounting and animal science and began employment with Hubbard Farms as a hatchery manager. He is credited with designing and developing the Hubbard Pikeville, Tenn., grandparent complex, including construction of the world’s largest primary breeder hatchery at that time. Mr. Barnes was a member of a national advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Labor on the improvement of the poultry industry, and of the North Carolina Agriculture Foundation. He served as president of the North Carolina Poultry Federation, the North Carolina Mutual Hatchery

Association and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. He was inducted into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame in 2004. Mr. Barnes also served as president of the Statesville Rotary Club, a dedicated member of the Mount Moriah Lodge of Masons, serving as master in 1993, and was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Oasis Temple in Charlotte. Survivors include his wife Joan; daughters Marcia Oliver of Sumter, S.C., and Rhonda Barnes of Charlotte, N.C.; son Joey Barnes of Charlotte; sister Virginia Strickland; four grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

Dr. Hugo A. Medina PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Dr. Hugo A. Medina, doctor of veterinary medicine, died Nov. 30. He was 66. Dr. Medina had worked as chief veterinarian for Sparboe Farms Inc. He previously was associated with WLR Foods Inc., Jennie-O Turkey Store and Foster Farms. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the National University of Mexico and a master of science degree in microbiology from the University of Minnesota. He was a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinar-

ians, was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and served as chairman of the State of California Biosecurity Committee and as president of the Western Poultry Disease Conference. Survivors include his wife, Cindy Hawker; brother, Rodolfo; and sisters, Alicia Palero and Patricia Killian.

John H. Ward EDMOND, Okla. — John Henry Ward, vice president/director of the Poultry Federation’s operations in Oklahoma, died Dec. 4. He was 64. Prior to joining the Poultry Federation in 2002, Mr. Ward served as the executive director of the Association of Country Commissioners of Oklahoma.

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UND scientist receives grant for avian flu research GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Dr. David Bradley, an immunologist at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, recently received a Centers of Research Excellence grant of $700,000 from the North Dakota Department of Commerce to continue research on avian influenza antibodies that could help poultry farmers effectively combat outbreaks of the disease. Bradley’s lab is working collaboratively on the project with a local company, Avianax (which develops

antibodies for human and animal diseases such as West Nile and the avian flu, respectively), which is providing a 2-to-1 cash match for this research to develop the therapeutic avian flu antibody. Avianax LLC, a joint venture between Intraglobal Biologics and the University of North Dakota Research Foundation, was created to investigate the properties of goose antibodies and how they can be utilized as a platform for therapeutic and prophylactic treatment of various viral diseases.

Today, avian influenza outbreaks can result in the destruction of affected flocks — even small backyard flocks — within a 5-mile radius. It’s a costly, devastating process. But Bradley’s research has already proven that the antibodies, developed from goose eggs, could be very effective in combating this viral flu. Bradley and Avianax, with the help of this North Dakota grant, hope to develop commercially viable therapeutic treatments within 12 to 18 months.

Mr. Ward attended Oklahoma State University on a football scholarship and in 1969 was named a College Football All-American (consensus selections) and an AllAmerican in wrestling. In 1970 he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings as a lineman in a first round draft pick. He played in two Super Bowls and later played for the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Following his football career, Mr. Ward attended Northeastern State University and graduated with a bachelors degree. Survivors include his wife Gayle; children of the home, Kyler Dawson and Kassi Dawson; sons John Henry Ward II and Tom Ward; daughter Allie Wood; step-son Joey Dawson; step-daughter Kristie Ganaway; and five grandchildren.

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Markets

10.4 percent lower than the previous week. Offerings and supplies were light to moderate for immediate trade needs. Market activity was moderate. Offerings for breaking stock were moderate; demand was light to moderate. Spent fowl offerings were light to moderate with normal processing schedules.

Compiled by David B. Strickland, Editor 770-718-3442 dstrickland@poultrytimes.net

F owl: Jan. 11: Live spent heavy fowl National Egg Market:

steady on Medium. Regional prices were steady with a steady to firm undertone. Retail and foodservice demand was moderate to fairly good while in the Northeast region retail demand was light to moderate. The total shell egg inventory was

(Jan. 15): New York prices were 3 cents higher on Extra Large and Large,

Final prices at Farm Buyer Loading (per pound): range 10-22¢

P arts: Georgia:

The f.o.b. dock quoted prices on ice-pack parts based on

truckload and pool truckload lots for the week of Jan. 14 line run tenders $1.90½; skinless/boneless breasts $1.66; whole breasts $1.02½; boneless/skinless thigh meat $1.36½; thighs 73¢; drumsticks 73¢; leg quarters 53½¢; wings $1.94½.

N ational Slaughter: Broiler: Estimated slaugh-

ter for week ending Jan. 12 is 152,066,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Jan. 5 was 123,502,000. Heavy-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending Jan. 12 is 1,600,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Jan. 5 was 1,182,000. Light-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending Jan. 12 is

The following chart provides an annual high and a comparison of recent activity of major poultry company stocks.

USDA Shell Eggs AMS weekly combined region shell egg prices Average prices on sales to volume buyers, Grade A or better, White eggs in cartons, delivered warehouse, cents per dozen.

Annual High

Cal-Maine 47.66 Campbell Soup 37.16 ConAgra 31.12 Hormel 34.67 Pilgrim’s Pride 8.71 Sanderson Farms 55.87 Seaboard 2736.00 Tyson 20.50

Jan. 11

Estimates: The estimated number of broilerfryers available for slaughter the week ending Jan. 12 was 142.9 million head, compared to 155.8 million head slaughtered the same week last year. The estimated U.S. slaughter for the week of Jan. 12 was 152.4 million head or 9.5 million more than estimated available. For the week of Jan. 19, the estimated available is 144.8 million head, notes USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Poultry Programs.

Broiler/Fryer Report

Industry Stock Report

Company

1,667,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Jan. 5 was 1,518,000. Total: Week of Jan. 12: 155,333,000. Week of Jan. 5: 126,202,000.

Jan. 15

41.18 41.08 35.22 35.66 30.80 31.07 34.49 34.45 8.07 8.39 48.72 48.40 2560.00 2520.00 20.32 20.41

Jan. 11

Extra Large Regions: Northeast 112.50 Southeast 117.50 Midwest 106.50 South Central 117.50 Combined 113.65

Large

Medium

110.00 115.50 104.50 115.50 111.53

97.00 97.00 87.50 95.50 94.24

Computed from simple weekly averages weighted by regional area populations

Grain Prices

USDA National Composite Weighted Average For week of: Jan. 11 For week of: Jan. 4

Majority (whole body) Jan. 11 Eastern Region: 99¢--$1.06 New York: $1.00--$1.06 Central Region: 94¢--$1.03 Chicago: 93¢--$1.01 Western Region: $1.06--$1.10 Los Angeles: $1.07--$1.09 Negotiated prices in trucklot and less-than-trucklot quantities of ready-to-cook whole body broiler/fryers delivered to first receivers; prices in cents per pound.

Turkey Markets

OHIO COUNTRY ELEV. Jan. 3 Jan. 10 Jan. 15 No. 2 Yellow Corn/bu. $7.11 $7.14 $7.48 Soybeans/bu. $13.98 $13.92 $14.24 (Courtesy: Prospect Farmers Exchange, Prospect, Ohio)

(Courtesy: A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc.)

103.81¢ 104.98¢

Weighted avg. prices for frozen whole young turkeys Weighted average (cents/lb.) F.O.B. shipper dock

Broiler Eggs Set/Chicks Placed in 19 States Ala Ark

Ca,Tn,Wv

Del Fla Ga Ky La Md Miss Mo. N.C. Okla Pa S.C. Tex Va

19 States Total Prev. year % Prev. yr.

EGGS SET (Thousands)

CHICKS PLACED (Thousands)

Dec. 15

Dec. 22

Dec. 29

Jan. 5

Dec. 15

Dec. 22

Dec. 29

Jan. 5

27,828 21,753 9,711 3,415 1,350 32,513 7,694 3,288 7,186 17,174 7,881 19,992 6,581 3,812 4,675 14,233 6,476

27,871 21,622 10,501 3,414 1,353 32,432 7,737 3,304 7,153 16,822 7,898 19,978 6,968 3,713 5,462 14,028 6,490

27,873 21,742 10,213 3,411 1,350 32,233 7,352 3,288 7,067 16,719 7,932 19,765 6,936 3,677 5,463 14,043 6,260

28,185 21,748 10,086 3,413 1,351 32,661 7,579 3,258 7,212 16,549 7,995 19,937 6,935 3,760 4,879 14,415 6,363

21,449 19,857 9,589 4,086 1,311 26,268 6,315 2,912 6,035 14,989 5,720 16,416 4,734 2,900 4,344 11,831 4,456

21,399 19,753 11,508 3,817 1,304 27,620 5,574 2,958 6,137 14,871 5,589 15,819 5,334 3,110 4,763 12,438 5,147

21,054 19,236 9,325 3,727 725 25,505 5,778 2,937 7,048 15,027 5,589 15,647 4,523 2,907 4,128 11,640 4,021

21,164 21,225 9,549 4,445 1,226 27,129 6,175 2,966 5,860 15,003 5,484 16,076 3,579 3,165 3,779 11,997 4,954

195,562 194,602

196,746 195,380

195,324 192,967

196,326 193,220

163,212 162,116

167,141 162,753

158,817 162,444

163,776 161,868

100

101

101

102

101

103

98

101

1/Current week as percent of same week last year.

National Week ending Jan. 11 Hens (8-16 lbs.) 95.23 Toms (16-24 lbs.) 95.22 Week ending Jan. 4 Hens (8-16 lbs.) Toms (16-24 lbs.)

97.00 99.50

Last year 97.67 95.71 Dec. avg. 99.08 100.36

Egg Markets USDA quotations New York cartoned del. store-door: Jan. 9 Jan. 15 Extra large, up 3¢ $1.17--$1.21 $1.20--$1.24 Large, up 3¢ $1.15--$1.19 $1.18--$1.22 Medium, no change $1.03--$1.07 $1.03--$1.07 Southeast Regional del. warehouse: Jan. 9 Jan. 15 Extra large, no change $1.14½--$1.35 $1.14½--$1.31 Large, no change $1.13--$1.34 $1.13--$1.30 Medium, down 2¢ 94½¢--$1.12 92½¢--$1.10


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POULTRY TIMES, January 21, 2013

AMERICAN EGG BOARD HOTLINE AEB Hotline appears regularly in Poultry Times and provides an update on programs and services provided for egg producers by the American Egg Board. Details on any item mentioned may be obtained by contacting AEB at 1460 Renaissance Dr., Park Ridge, Ill. 60068. Phone: 847296-7043.  In October and on behalf of AEB, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) participated with an egg booth at the second largest food show in the world, SIAL. Held in Paris with more than 140,000 visitors from 200 countries, the show created at least 40 trade leads during the five-day event with lots of interest at AEB’s booth. The Middle Eastern and European regions requested the most U.S. eggs and egg products at the show; however, a few requests also came from Latin America, Africa and Asia.  The redesign of EggNutritionCenter.org has also increased views of this site. An eblast went out on Sept. 7 that resulted in 1,300 hits the first day. As part of the relaunch, ENC ran an e-mail contest through Dec. 1 for one $100 Amazon gift card. Since its launch and through Nov. 15, ENC received 47,000 hits on this site.  ENC recently exhibited at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo 2012 (FNCE). This is the largest gathering of food and nutrition experts including Registered Dietitians (RDs), scientific researchers,

policy makers, industry leaders and other health professionals (HPs). The ENC booth highlighted current research and educational materials for use by HPs in their practices.  Custom-content segments — a collaboration between NBCowned TV stations and AEB — started airing in late June and continued through early fall. The Chicago segment earned 3.79 million media impressions. The Dallas segment featured Brian Barrett of Feather Crest Farms and earned 4.8 million media impressions. In the New York market, AEB’s Chairman Chris Pierce, who is also president of Heritage Poultry Management Services Inc., earned 3.1 million media impressions, plus additional airings not yet reported. In 2013, AEB plans to film one segment that will air across the country in further partnership with NBC Universal.  A playing-card size, trifold, full-color pamphlet highlights the Good Egg Project, egg nutrition, egg farmers and their commitment to producing highquality eggs, the various choices made for bird welfare and feeding the hungry. Bulk pricing is available. For orders more than 1,000, the cost is only 8 cents each. To order, contact AEB’s Maryanne Crandell, mcrandell@aeb.org or 847-296-7043. New materials and brochures are added to AEB’s online Merchandise Catalog, available at AEB. org/about-aeb/merchandisecatalog.

USDA to buy $35 million of turkey products WASHINGTON — Marketing and Regulatory Programs Undersecretary Edward Avalos has announced USDA’s intent to purchase up to $35 million of turkey products for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks. The turkey industry consists of vertically integrated companies that produce, process and market turkeys and turkey products. Producers have been profitable with current whole turkey prices but may be close to break even or below in the fourth quarter if feed prices remain equal to current December futures prices. However, producers who primarily produce turkey parts and processed products find costs of

production above selling price for their products. “This purchase will assist turkey producers who are currently struggling due to challenging market conditions and the high cost of feed,” said Avalos. “The purchase will help mitigate further downward prices, stabilize market conditions, and provide high quality, nutritious food to recipients of USDA’s nutrition programs.” USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service purchases a variety of highquality food products each year to support the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations,

the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. USDA also makes emergency food purchases for distribution to victims of natural disasters. Government food experts work to ensure that all purchased food is healthful and nutritious. Food items are required to be low in fat, sugar and sodium. The commodities must meet specified requirements and be certified to ensure quality. AMS purchases only products of 100 percent domestic origin. This purchase is based on analyses of current market conditions. More information can be obtained from AMS at www.ams.usda.gov.

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Seminar highlights importance of int’l. trade to feed industry ARLINGTON, Va. — Trade requirements for feed, ingredients and pet food were topics of a recent Import/Export Seminar held by the American Feed Industry Association. “The fact that we were able to secure representatives from intergovernmental agencies shows part of AFIA’s diversity in what we do for industry and the services we provide across the board,� stated Joel G. Newman, president and CEO, AFIA. “I am confident that U.S. agricultural exports will continue to remain the industry’s largest segment of growth, which the 2014 Import/Export Seminar will surely reflect.� Opening the conference was Suzanne Heinen, administrator of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, who delivered an overview of FAS, which has offices in 50 countries. According to Heinen, the FAS strategy is comprised of four criteria: (1) trade policy, (2) market development and export assistance, (3) market intelligence and analysis and (4) international development. Heinen explained that despite feed exports increasing over the last three years, many FAS programs have been halted due to the lack of a Farm Bill. Another constraint the agency faces is selecting what to in-

clude in export reports, as types of feed and feed ingredients vary from country to country. Generally, FAS includes prepared animal feeds, pet food and pet food/prepared foods as reporting variables. Kim Young, deputy director, Division of Compliance, Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, presented his agency’s role in importing and exporting products. For exports, a product must meet these four requirements: (1) has to meet the foreign purchaser’s specifications, (2) cannot be in conflict with the laws of the country where being exported, (3) must be labeled that it is intended for export and (4) cannot have been offered for sale in domestic commerce. For its part, CVM must review applications and verify licenses and/or registrations, and may inspect a product prior to issuing an export certificate. Young also outlined the process for importing animal products. After being notified electronically of a shipment, entry reviewers first determine if the product is in compliance and meets all regulatory requirements. To import a product, the facility must have a registration on file, be in compliance with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act and provide ap-

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