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Egg bill again before Congress UEP seeks immigration By Barbara Olejnik Poultry Times Staff
WASHINGTON — Legislation to provide for a a uniform standard for the housing and treatment of egg-laying hens has again been proposed in Congress. The proposed legislation, S. 820 and H.R. 1731, was introduced April 25 in the Senate by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif) and in the House by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.). It is similar to one proposed last year as an amendment to the Farm Bill, but did not see passage. The measure — the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013 — is supported by the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States as a way to eliminate multi-state legislation.
UEP President Chad Gregory said, “We desperately need a federal statute that establishes one national standard of egg production because the current myriad of state legislation threatens to eliminate interstate egg commerce, destroying our businesses and potentially leading to egg shortages and consumer price spikes in many states” A half dozen states have already established differing egg production standards. Senator Feinstein. in introducing the legislation, noted that the uncertainty over state standards “stifles economic growth. Egg producers now face difficult choices when it comes to investing in their businesses. Why expand facilities and invest in new technologies when rules may change and invalidate your investment. Why expand into
new markets when those new markets may be closed to you in just a few short years?” One of the main initiatives of the proposed federal legislation calls for the egg industry nationwide to convert to so-called “enriched colony” cages to allow more space per hen. Currently, the majority of hens are each provided 67 square inches of space, with up to 40 million receiving about 48 square inches. The enriched cages would provide a minimum of 124 square inches of space for white hens and 144 for brown hens nationwide. A tiered phase-in period of the next 15 to 16 years would allow egg farmers time to make the investments in the new housing systems.
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reform legislation By Barbara Olejnik Poultry Times Staff
WASHINGTON — The United Egg Producers is calling on Congress to enact immigration legislation to provide a path to legal status for undocumented workers, and establish a guest-worker program for year-round agricultural labor. In a position paper presented to congressional representatives during its annual legislative board meeting here, UEP noted that U.S. agriculture needs “timely access to willing workers.” While some agricultural segments such as fresh produce need only seasonal workers, other types
of farms — egg, dairy, livestock and poultry — must hire labor every day, year-round. “Our hens lay eggs every day, and these perishable eggs must be washed, graded and packaged for our customers. The hens must be fed and cared for daily,” UEP stated. UEP pointed out that operations that need year-round labor generally cannot use the current H-2A guest worker program because of its seasonal nature. The egg group is calling on Congress to enact immigration reform legislation built around the following principles:
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Agricultural tech research celebrates four decades of service Special to Poultry Times
40 Years: On April 23, the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Agricultural Technology Research Program celebrated 40 years of service to Georgia’s poultry industry. Pictured, left to right, are Doug Britton, ATRP program manager; Rusty Roberts, director of GTRI’s Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory; Bob McGrath, GTRI director; Gary Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture; Abit Massey, president emeritus, Georgia Poultry Federation; Mike Giles, president, Georgia Poultry Federation; Craig Wyvill, retired ATRP director; and Gary McMurray, chief of GTRI’s Food Processing Technology Division.
ATLANTA — It began with a phone call. The year was 1973 and Georgia’s poultry industry was looking to grow through innovation. Having received a unique request from the industry, the Georgia Poultry Federation placed a call that turned out to be an extremely important one for then and the future. “In the early 1970s, when I was serving on a Board of Regents Committee establishing a service enabling any citizen with a need to call one number and be referred to an expert in the University System, I received an inquiry about a noise problem in a poultry processing plant. I called the number in the morning to test the system and by the afternoon a meeting had been set up with Georgia Tech. Today, ATRP is a fully matured program and a key
part of GTRI. Its collaborative efforts with the poultry industry have been very productive. I don’t know of a better public-private partnership,” recalled Abit Massey, president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation. On April 23, Massey joined a distinguished group of speakers who marked the Agricultural Technology Research Program’s 40th Anniversary during an afternoon celebration held at the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Food Processing Technology Building. The event included current and former researchers and staff, industry stakeholders and representatives from the Georgia Tech community. For four decades, ATRP has been proud to support the growing needs of Georgia’s dynamic poultry indus-
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APHIS notes biosecurity steps to keep birds healthy WASHINGTON — USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service offers the following steps to take to protect birds, and maintain biosecurity practices — following the basic three-step guideline to look, report and protect. yy Keep your distance. Restrict access to your property and your birds. Consider fencing off the area where you keep your birds and make a barrier area if possible. Allow only people who take care of your birds to come into contact with them. Do not let visitors bring any of their birds near your flock. Game birds and migratory waterfowl should not have contact with your flock because they can carry germs and disease. yy Keep it clean.
Wear clean clothes. Scrub your shoes with disinfectant. Wash your hands thoroughly before entering your bird area. Clean and disinfect equipment that comes in contact with your birds or their droppings, including cages and tools. Remove manure before disinfecting. Properly dispose of dead birds. yy Don’t haul disease. Car and truck tires, poultry cages and equipment can all harbor germs. If you travel to a location where other birds are present, or even to a feed store, be sure to clean and disinfect these items before you return to your property. To prevent, don’t mix young and old birds or birds from different species or different sources.
yy Don’t borrow disease from your neighbor. Do not share equipment, tools or supplies with your neighbors or other bird owners. And never share items such as wooden pallets or cardboard egg cartons because they are porous and cannot be adequately cleaned and disinfected. yy Know the warning signs of infectious bird disease. Many bird diseases can be difficult to diagnose. The list below includes some of the things to look for that signal something might be wrong with your birds.
1. Sudden increase in bird deaths in your flock. 2. Sneezing, gasping for air, coughing and nasal discharge. 3. Watery and green diarrhea. 4. Lack of energy and poor appetite. 5. Drop in egg production or softor thin-shelled misshapen eggs. 6. Swelling around the eyes, neck and head. 7. Purple discoloration of the wattles, combs and legs. 8. Tremors, drooping wings, circling, twisting of the head and neck, or lack of movement. Early detection of signs is very
Two new respiratory diseases could spark global outbreaks The Associated Press
LONDON — Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China. The coronavirus related to SARS spread to France, where one patient who probably caught the disease in Dubai infected his hospital roommate. Officials are now trying to track down everyone who went on a tour group holiday to Dubai with the first patient as well as all contacts of the second patient. Since it was first spotted last year, the new coronavirus has infected 34 people, killing 18 of them. Nearly all had some con-
nection to the Middle East. The World Health Organization, however, says there is no reason to think the virus is restricted to the Middle East and has advised health officials worldwide to closely monitor any unusual respiratory cases. At the same time, a new bird flu strain, H7N9, has been infecting people in China since at least March, causing 32 deaths out of 131 known cases. WHO, which is closely monitoring the viruses, says both have the potential to cause a pandemic — a global epidemic — if they evolve into a form easily spread between
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important to prevent the spread of disease. yy Report sick birds. Don’t wait to report unusual signs of disease or unexpected deaths among your birds. Contact your local Cooperative Extension agent, veterinarian, poultry diagnostic lab, or USDA Veterinary Service office (which can be reached at 866-5367593). This toll-free hotline has veterinarians on hand to help. More information can be obtained at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda. gov. Biosecurity tips can also be accessed at the department’s Twitter site at www.twitter.com/APHISgov.
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William Claybaugh elected 2013-14 MPF president ST. PAUL, Minn. — William Claybaugh, an egg farmer from Carroll, Neb., has been named the 20132014 president of Midwest Poultry Federation. Claybaugh represents the Nebraska Egg Council on the MPF board of directors. Claybaugh, owner/operator of TWJ Farms/Nebraska Eggs Ltd., replaces outgoing president Allen Behl of Behl Turkeys Farms, Watertown, Wis. Behl represents the Wisconsin Poultry and Egg Industries Association on the MPF board; he will assume the post of past president. “I am honored to lead MPF into the coming year,” said Claybaugh. “Our 2013 convention featured increased attendance and a continued expansion of our exhibit space so I am excited to capitalize on the enthusiasm and momentum we felt this year and build upon our suc-
cesses for the 2014 convention.” MPF board elections were held during the 2013 MPF Convention in March. Other officers elected during this same time were: yy First vice president — Kim Reis, Ellsworth Turkeys of Ellsworth, Iowa, was elected first vice president of the board. Reis represents the Iowa Turkey Federation. yy Second vice president — Ben Thompson, Pearl Valley Eggs of Pearl City, Ill., was elected second vice president of the board. Thompson represents the Illinois Poultry Industries. yy Secretary-treasurer — Dr. Darrin Karcher, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., was elected secretary/treasurer of the board. Karcher represents Mich-
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MPF officers: William Claybaugh, right, was elected 2013-2014 president of the Midwest Poultry Federation during the group’s recent convention. Other officers elected were, left to right, Dr. Darrin Karcher, secretarytreasurer; Kim Reis, first vice president; and Allen Behl, past president. Not pictured: Ben Thompson, second vice president.
Grant Shold wins MTGA Ranelius Award Zimmerman elected MTGA president
Ranelius Award: Grant Shold, left, Purina Feeds, Sauk Rapids, Minn., is the recipient of this year’s Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Ranelius Award. Shold received the honor from Duane Jaenicke, 2012 MTGA president.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association presented its prestigious Ranelius Award to long-time Land O’ Lakes (now Purina Feeds) employee Grant Shold, Sauk Rapids, Minn., at its recent annual meeting. “The Ranelius Award is the most prestigious honor given by the MTGA,” said Duane Jaenicke, 2012-2013 MTGA president. “It signifies leadership and dedication to the industry based on contributions made to enhance Minnesota’s turkey industry, and Grant Shold is well deserved of this special honor.” Shold grew up on a farm near Albert City, Iowa, where his family raised cattle, hogs and turkeys. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in poultry science, and afterwards, served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Following that, he went to work for Land O’ Lakes
as a poultry production specialist, which had responsibility for selling poults (baby turkeys), feed and buying turkeys for Land O’Lakes’ four processing plants. His 38 years of work with Land O’ Lakes took him to Willmar, Albert Lea and finally Sauk Rapids, Minn., where he worked different positions — all with the focus on turkeys. Since the mid-1990s, he has worked in sales for the Land O’Lakes Purina Feed division and he covers turkey and gamebird feed sales in central and northern Minnesota, North Dakota, southeast Iowa and Central Wisconsin. Shold is planning his retirement this fall. “Grant knows turkeys and has been a dedicated friend to the turkey industry in the upper Midwest for several decades,” said Jaenicke. “We will miss him and wish him well in his upcoming retirement, and we thank him for the many years of service he has given us.” Shold served on the MTGA board of directors for six years (2007-
2013), and has also received the MTGA Allied Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Shold and his wife, Donna, have been married 32 years. They have three children and two granddaughters, all of whom live close by. The Ranelius Award is named for Sven Ranelius, a founding father of the MTGA, often described as a quiet, unselfish person who was very dedicated to the turkey industry in Minnesota. Nominees are evaluated on two central criteria: their contribution to the industry over a period of time; and the quality of that contribution.
Officers John Zimmerman, P&J Products Co., Northfield, Minn., has been elected president of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council for 2012-2013.
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NTF refutes ‘study’ on ground turkey WASHINGTON — The National Turkey Federation strongly disputes the “misleading findings” of a Consumer Reports article about ground turkey, which makes a number of alarming claims based on an extremely small sampling of ground turkey products. “Consumer Reports had the opportunity to foster a serious, thoughtful discussion about food safety, but instead it chose to sensationalize The National Turkey Federation is the national advocate for all segments of the $29.5 billion turkey industry. Get the facts on ground turkey by visiting our website on www. eatturkey.com, ‘follow us’on Twitter and ‘like us’ on Facebook.
findings and mislead people,” said NTF President Joel Brandenberger. NTF refutes numerous claims, and challenges the methodology in the report, from which essentially all the “findings” are obtained. The turkey federation stated the following: yy The magazine reported high levels of certain pathogens on the samples tested, but it is important to note that the two most prevalent, enterococcus and generic E.coli are not considered sources of foodborne illness. yy By contrast, for the two pathogens of public health concern — campylobacter and salmonella — the magazine found almost no prevalence (5 percent for salmo-
nella and zero campylobacter). This is borne out by more extensive government testing, which finds almost 90 percent of all ground turkey and 97 percent of whole turkeys are salmonella-free. While the turkey industry strives to control all bacteria on its products, it focuses primarily on those bacteria that present the greatest threat to human health. yy The article is misleading about the significance of its antibiotic findings. One of the antibiotics for which it tested (ciprofloxacin) has not been used in poultry production for almost eight years, meaning resistance is highly unlikely to be from farm-animal use, and two other drug classes (penicillin and cephalosporin) are used infrequently in animal agriculture. The fourth drug class tested by Consumer Reports, tetracycline, is used in animal agriculture, but is a largely insignificant antibiotic in human medicine, comprising only 4 percent of all antibiotics prescribed by physicians. yy The article stated three samples contained methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureas (MRSA). Understandably, this is cause for concern, but the article fails to put MRSA and E.coli in context. These bacteria are ubiquitous in the environment, and are even present on our hands and in our bodies.
Let’s keep the food in food aid By Bob Stallman
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WASHINGTON — Recently, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation staff was interviewed on the subject of proposed changes to U.S. international food aid. The question was whether the United States should shift food aid donations to cash instead of American-grown food. Like most interviews, this one went on for 15 to 20 minutes. The reBob Stallman, a rice farmer and cattle rancher from Texas, is president of the American Farm Bureau Federation with offices in Washington, D.C.
sult was one pieced-together quote: “Exports via food aid are a small drop in the market. Our concern is less about decreasing an important revenue stream for U.S. agriculture. It’s more about the loss of a sense of Stallman pride.” Once the article ran, some organizations pounced, effectively charging: How could American agriculture, solely out of pride, take food out of the
mouths of 2-4 million people? Facts do suffer when skewed through the prism of agenda-driven politics. Not that long ago, a fact sheet posted by USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) reported that cash or voucher humanitarian relief systems and programs are more expensive than those using U.S.-procured commodities. Interestingly, now that President Barack Obama has proposed using cash in lieu of commodities, USAID’s website, updated in late April, now says just the opposite.
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‘The turkey industry judiciously uses antibiotics under strict guidelines set by federal law to restore health, and to treat and control disease.’ Lisa Picard
NTF vice president, scientific & regulatory affairs
NTF Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Lisa Picard, said, “Enterococcus and generic E.coli are everywhere, and there is more than one way they can wind up on food animals. In fact, it’s so common; studies have shown that generic E.coli and MRSA can even
be found on about 20 percent of computer keyboards.” NTF also responded to a statement of the Food & Drug Administration, which regulates antibiotic use in animals, “We believe that is
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There have been times when those programs accounted for a significant percentage of our exports. But that is simply not the case today. In one breath, critics claim the Food for Peace program currently accounts for “less than two-tenths of 1 percent of U.S. agricultural production and about one-half of 1 percent of U.S. agricultural exports.” Then, in the very next breath, they claim this program dealing with “less than one-half of 1 percent” of our exports is driving “Big Ag” to come out with “guns blazing.” Their emotional response ignores a logical analysis of their own statements, and frankly gives Farm Bureau more credit than is due. We will claim some credit for
our nation’s long-standing success in helping those in need around the world. The very origin of the Food for Peace program can be traced to a September 1953 meeting of the Cheyenne County (Kansas) Farm Bureau. A young farmer named Peter O’Brien put into motion a grassroots idea that made its way through our policy development process, from Kansas to AFBF and then as legislation introduced by Sen. Andy Schoeppel (R-Kan.) that was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. If critics of Farm Bureau’s policy on food aid ask whether we are proud of our role in this program, the answer is an unequivocal, “You bet we are.” Are America’s farmers and ranchers proud of our contribution to feeding multi-millions of people
around the world, thanks to a Farm Bureau idea? Again, “You bet.” Would we rather see crops produced here in the United States being used in these kinds of aid programs? Yes! The problem with switching to cash donations is that cash too easily can be used for purposes other than feeding people. Food can only be useful going into someone’s stomach. Shipping a cargo load of food, rather than the money to buy food (if it is available), is the best and most secure way to ensure that taxpayerfunded international food assistance actually makes it to hungry people overseas. Without that certainty, the full impact of our nation’s donations could be easily slashed by administrative costs assessed by cooperating entities, or worse, siphoned off by inept or corrupt governments in
recipient nations. That is why several international food aid organizations also oppose switching to cash donations Giving people sacks of food with “USA” on them is good international relations. Seeing those “USA”-labeled food donations in news photos does make a difference! Our food aid program has excelled for nearly 60 years because it is built on the ability of America’s farm and ranch families to produce an abundant supply of food. At a time when even hunger assistance comes into question due to our nation’s fiscal condition, it is vital to support efforts that clearly give our tax dollars more bang for the buck, and more certainty that our food aid will reach those in need. To date, we have not taken a strong position on this issue, known in
Washington as “cash in lieu of commodities.” We have listened to both sides. The recent misrepresentation of Farm Bureau’s motives now gives us the opportunity to go on record and stand boldly with many other farm groups and enlightened humanitarian non-governmental organizations in working to keep U.S.produced food a part of the food aid program. Our current approach to helping feed the world successfully ensures that we share our nation’s bounty. Those who would rather just have American taxpayers write another check to pay for uncertain results should focus on how to feed more hungry people, rather than criticize the organization that helped start Food for Peace or malign the farmers and ranchers whose work makes our food donations possible.
Centurion Poultry opens Iowa hatchery •NTF GOLDFIELD, Iowa — Centurion Poultry Inc. recently opened a new hatchery here with an annual capacity of 18 million pullet chicks. The hatchery — CPI-Prairie Gold Hatchery — is a new 35,000-squarefoot facility equipped with Pas-Reform Hatchery Technology’s incubation and air handling equipment, Prinzen egg handling machinery
and Warrior chick processing automation. The Goldfield hatchery replaces one in Beaver Dam, Wis., and joins other hatcheries located in Alabama, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Kansas for a combined capacity of 55 million pullets annually. Gijs Schimmel, president of Centurion Poultry, noted that since
Iowa, with more than 50 million laying hens, has the largest egg layer population in the U.S., it made sense to choose Iowa for expansion. Centurion Poultry, headquartered in Lexington, Ga, is a family owned enterprise and along with its subsidiary Tetra Americana LLC., is marketing Bovans, DeKalb and Tetra products.
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inaccurate and alarmist to define bacteria resistant to one, or even a few, antimicrobials as “superbugs” if these same bacteria are still treatable by other commonly used antibiotics. This is especially misleading when speaking of bacteria that do not cause foodborne disease and have natural resistances, such as enterococcus.” The magazine’s parent company believes the FDA should ban all antibiotics in animal production ex-
cept to treat illness, to which Picard said, “Animals, just like people, sometimes get sick. The turkey industry judiciously uses antibiotics under strict guidelines set by federal law to restore health, and to treat and control disease. This makes good sense for the turkey’s health and lowers production costs, something very important to budget-conscious consumers. Proper animal health practices are an important reason the U.S. food supply is one of the highest quality, safest, and most affordable in the world.”
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Chick-fil-A celebrates 40 years awarding scholarships ATLANTA — Since Truett Cathy established the company’s first scholarship program in 1973 to encourage Chick-fil-A restaurant employees to further their education, the company has earmarked a portion of its proceeds to give back to its employees in the form of college scholarships. 2012 was no different, with $1.39 million in total scholarships given to worthy recipients, the company reported. Chick-fil-A awarded its $1,000 Leadership Scholarship to nearly 1,400 team members who work for the company’s independent franchise owner operators in 39 states and Washington, D.C. During the past 40 years, Chick-fil-A has provided more than $30 million in Leadership Scholarships to more than 30,000 restaurant team members who have attended more than 3,100 colleges, universities and other educational institutions. Chick-fil-A’s commitment to giving back was established by Cathy, whose values continue to guide the company today, the company noted. As he has expressed many times through the years, “Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else — our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.” One of the company’s main areas of focus is creating educational opportunities for team members and youth. “The Leadership Scholarship Program helps our team members pursue their educational goals while gaining real-life skills working in our restaurants,” said Tim Tassopoulos, Chick-fil-A executive vice president of operations. “Recipients have shown their community service and leadership abilities, and it’s our pleasure to honor them with this scholarship.” In 2013, Chick-fil-A noted that it hopes to give $1.7 million in scholarships to employees. To be eligible for the scholarship, Chick-fil-A requires that applicants complete their high school education, enroll in college, are active in their schools and communities, demonstrate a solid work ethic, and possess strong leadership abilities, good teamwork and a desire to succeed. An additional 25 students were awarded the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award, which provides an additional $1,000 scholarship to the top 25 Leadership Scholarship recipients. Since its inception in 1996, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award has given $400,000 to team members. More information about Chick-fil-A can be obtained at www.chickfil-a.com.
Other Business News Pilgrim’s reports revenue growth
Tyson tells investors innovation is key
GREELEY, Colo. — Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has reported first quarter 2013 earnings results with net sales of $2 billion, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of $116.9 million and net income of $54.6 million, resulting in earnings per share of 21 cents for the quarter. This compares to $1.9 billion in sales, EBITDA of $101.5 and net income of $39.2 million, with earnings per share of 18 cents in the first quarter of 2012. “Every quarter we see that our strategy and execution is working effectively. We delivered better results year over year despite $141 million of increased feed ingredient costs. By focusing on creating value with our key customers, we have diversified our product mix, honed our execution and are seeing our portfolio of business become a more profitable model,” Bill Lovette, Pilgrim’s CEO, said.. “Our pursuit of operational excellence has resulted in an improved safety record, significantly better than the industry average,” he added. “We are reducing our turnover and measuring quality at every level of the organization. Despite challenging environmental conditions, Mexico continues to outperform due to its effective business model and the versatility and value that chicken provides to consumers.” “We made significant steps on our strategy to strengthen our company and our balance sheet,” Lovette said. “Even with as much improvement as we have demonstrated to date, we believe there is still opportunity to stretch towards our vision of being the best managed and most respected company in the industry.” More information can be obtained at www.pilgrimspride.com.
NEW YORK — At the annual BMO Capital Markets 2013 Farm to Market Conference, Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods Inc., told investors that developing new food products is an important part of the company’s growth strategy, and it has an aggressive product launch schedule in fiscal 2013. “We must continue to provide product innovation to drive traffic and sales for our customers,” Smith said. “Keep in mind, we have all types of customers — QSRs, midscale restaurants, big box retailers and club stores, small grocery chains, distributors, convenience stores, the military and schools. When they see weak consumer demand, operators are more interested than ever in our new product ideas and business-building opportunities.” Noel White, senior group vice president of fresh meats, said, “While being an efficient commodity protein producer is part of our business, it’s not our ultimate goal, and it’s not where our growth will come from. Tyson is focused on innovation. Donnie has made it clear to us (Tyson’s management team) that he expects revenue growth of 3 to 4 percent every year and at least 10 percent annual EPS growth over time, and I assure you that’s what we’re focused on every day.”
Tyson assists effort fighting hunger SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Tyson Foods Inc., Walmart and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) joined efforts on April 12 to donate approximately 30,400 pounds of chicken breast filet fritters, rib meat and tenders that will be distributed to non-profit organizations throughout Puerto Rico. LULAC, Tyson, Walmart and food bank representatives attended
the ceremony. The donation is part of a 1 million pound, three-year joint commitment of Tyson Foods and LULAC to fight hunger. “LULAC believes that eradicating hunger and malnutrition is a moral responsibility,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “The LULAC partnership with Tyson Foods is especially significant because it assists our efforts to eradicate hunger by providing access to nutritious food in the communities that need them the most. Through LULAC programs, services and advocacy, we will continue to tackle important issues by making information and resources available to the community.” During the past 13 years, Tyson Foods has donated more than 90 million pounds of protein in the U.S. “We realize that our fight to end hunger is a huge undertaking, both in the United States and worldwide,” said Nora Venegas, director of federal governmental relations for Tyson Foods. “We are truly committed to hunger relief and we are proud that this is Tyson Foods’ first food donation in Puerto Rico.” “At Walmart, we’re focused on how we can make positive change in the communities where we operate and we’re working to lead on social issues,” said Mark Espinoza, senior director of corporate affairs at Walmart. “Walmart has made a significant commitment to fighting hunger and we’re excited to be able to help deliver this healthy, nutritious and needed food as an extension of our hunger relief commitment.” More information about LULAC can be obtained at www.lulac.org.
Perdue gives grant to Dogwood Festival SALISBURY, Md. — Perdue, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, presented a $2,500 grant to the Perry Area Chamber of Com(Continued on next page)
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merce to help fund the 25th annual Dogwood Festival, which was held on April 13-14 in Perry, Ga. Perdue was also co-sponsor of the Hot Air Balloon Rally, a new attraction at the festival. Associates from Perdue’s operations in Perry presented the grant during an April 10 ceremony at the Perry Chamber office. “The Dogwood Festival’s 25th birthday provides an opportunity for Perry businesses and residents to showcase our historic, charming, downtown district as well as the fabulous Georgia National Fairgrounds venue,” said Stacy Campbell, president and CEO of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce. “By combining the traditional arts and crafts event with expanded programming, such as the National DockDog Competition and a Hot Air Balloon Rally, the Dogwood Festival has stepped into a higher level of entertainment and economic impact
for Middle Georgia. Achieving our festival goals would not have been possible without community support such as the grant from Perdue Farms. It takes everyone committing to the cause to realize success of an event of this magnitude and we are so grateful for partners like Perdue.” “At Perdue, we’re proud to be a member of the Perry Chamber of Commerce and help them celebrate the silver anniversary of the Dogwood Festival, an event that means so much to the community and one that many of our associates enjoy as well,” said Jim Hungate, human resources manager at Perdue’s processing plant in Perry.
Eggland’s contest seeks ‘Egg Officer’ CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J. — If you consider yourself a good egg and recognize Eggland’s Best as the best eggs, you may have what it takes to
become the first-ever Eggland’s Best “Chief Egg Officer.” From May 13 to July 31, EB is holding a call for entry where consumers can visit the Eggland’s Best website to share why they are qualified to receive the honorary title of Chief Egg Officer and the $5,000 Grand Prize. Candidates will be independently judged on the creativity of their entry, their affinity for Eggland’s Best eggs and their ability to represent the brand. Since Eggland’s Best holds its eggs to the highest of standards, the judging process to find the first Chief Egg Officer will be no different, the company said. On Sept. 9, Eggland’s Best will reveal the top dozen candidates on its website, and will egg consumers on to vote for their favorite candidate by Sept. 30. The three candidates with the highest scores will reach the finals, and the finalists will be presented with a last opportunity to demon-
Business strate why they would make the best Chief Egg Officer. Between Oct. 28 and Nov. 17, consumers can learn more about the three finalists before voting one last time for their favorite candidate. “As Chief Executive Officer at Eggland’s Best, I am proud that our eggs offer superior taste and nutrition,” said Charles T. Lanktree, president and CEO of Eggland’s Best. “I’m eager to find an individual whose enthusiasm for the brand and its nutritional benefits match all of ours at Eggland’s Best.” In early December, Eggland’s Best will reveal its inaugural Chief Egg Officer, who will be awarded the $5,000 Grand Prize. To ensure the new “CEO” is eating the best, Eggland’s Best will provide the Grand Prize winner
with a year’s supply of Eggland’s Best eggs, the company said. Also, the two runners-up will not go home empty handed, as they will be awarded $500 each and a six month supply of EB eggs. More information on how to enter and official rules can be obtained at www.egglandsbest.com/chiefeggofficer.
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GEORGIA Financial seminar focus is economics TUCKER, Ga.— Factors such as corn costs, fuel prices, tax changes, employee healthcare, etc. affecting poultry industry financial management on a daily basis. The 2013 Financial Management Seminar will address the issues of regulatory policies and trends, as well as provide an outlook on market conditions and highlight best practices from industry experts. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the seminar is scheduled for June 24-26, 2013, at Rosen
Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. “This year’s program provides a multi-faceted overview of pertinent topics that financial managers can take back and implement efficiently to meet current and future challenges,” remarked program committee chairman, Eddie Elrod, Fieldale Farms Corp., Baldwin, Ga. Topics include: A Top Management Perspective of Poultry Financial Management; A Washington Review; Tax Update; Healthcare Reform; Export Markets for the Poultry Industry; an Economic Forecast, Animal Welfare Challenges Impact on Your Bottom Line; Motivational Speaker on Leadership; An Analyst’s Perspective of the Poultry Industry; Poultry Industry Overview; A Retailer’s Perspec-
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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. MAY 20-23 — NEQS, Harrisburg, Pa. 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. JUN 4-6 — PAACO AUDITOR TRAINING COURSE, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. Contact: Mike Simpson, executive director, Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, 402-403-0104, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.animalauditor.org. JUN 7-8 — AP&EA GOLF TOURNAMENT and EVENING OF FUN, Birmingham,
Ala. Contact: Alabama Poultry & Egg Association, P.O. Box 240, Montgomery, Ala. 36101. Ph: 334265-2732; www.alabamapoultry.org. JUN 10-11 — CPF SUMMER BOARD MTNG., The Cliffs Resort, Shell Beach, Calif. Contact: California Poultry Federation, 4640 Spyres Way, Suite 4, Modesto, Calif. 95356. PAh: 209-576-6355; www.cpif.org. JUN 11-13 — ITF SUMMER MTNG., Adventureland Inn, Altoona, Iowa. Contact: Iowa Turkey Federation, 535 E. Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010. Ph: 515-22-7492;gretta@ iowaturkey.org; email@example.com; www.iowaturkey.org. JUN 14-15 — ANNUAL POULTRY FESTIVAL, Rogers, Ark. Contact: Poultry Federation, P.O. Box 1446, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. Ph: 501-375-
tive on Consumer Eating Trends; Bank Lending Trends; and a series of small group breakout sessions. The program committee included Mark Glover, Pilgrim’s, Greeley, Colo.; Steve Jurek, GNP Co., St. Cloud, Minn.; Bob Nicholson, Aviagen Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; Alan Duncan, Mountaire Farms Corp., Little Rock, Ark.; Bob Childress, Frost PLLC, Little Rock, Ark.; Charlie Singleton, Tip Top Poultry, Marietta, Ga.; Lynn Schable, Hillshire Brands, Storm Lake, Iowa; Courtney Fazekas, Wayne Farms LLC, Oakwood, Ga.; Greg Finch, Claxton Poultry Farms, Claxton, Ga.; Ron Van Es, Tyson Foods Inc., Springdale, Ark.; Michael Popowycz, Case Foods Inc., Troutman, N.C.; Marcus Miller, Amick Farms LLC, Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.; Patrick Noland, Peco Foods Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Mulham Shbeib, Marc-Jac Poultry Inc., Gainesville, Ga. Register online for the 2013 Financial Management Seminar at www.uspoultry.org.
ALMA, Kan. — American AgriWomen recently drafted resolutions to address issues and threats to agriculture. Representatives from this all-volunteer coalition of more than 50,000 farm, ranch and agribusiness women will deliver these resolutions to elected officials in Washington, D.C., in early June. The group’s resolutions, which are reviewed each spring, cover ag business and economics, commodities and natural resources. The AAW is seeking Congressional action on the following: yy Immigration: AAW strongly urges Congress to support, promote, enact, and fund comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The group specifically support the agricultural provisions of S.744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Moderniza-
JUN 16-19 — AMSA RECIPROCAL MEAT CONF., Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. Contact: American Meat Science Association, P.O. Box 2187, Champaign, Ill. 61825. Ph: 800517-AMSA; www.meatscience.org.
JUN 21-22 — DELMARVA CHICKEN FESTIVAL, Snow Hill, Md. Contact: Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., 16686 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown, Del. 19947-4881; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.dpichicken.com
JUN 19 — DPI COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNEY, 7:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. flights, Snow Hill, Md. Contact: Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., 16686 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown, Del. 10047-4881. Ph: 302-856-9037; www.dpichicken.org.
24-26 — FINANCIAL MGMNT. JUN SMNR., Orlando, Fla. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-4939401, email@example.com, www.uspoultry.org/edu_index.cfm
JUN 19-21 — GEA - GEC ANNUAL MTNGS., King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, Ga. Contact: Jewell Hutto, Georgia Egg Assocation - Georgia Egg Commission, P.O. Box 2929, Suwanee, Ga. 30024. Ph: 770-932-4622; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.georgiaeggs.org.
JUL 27-30 — TPF ANNUAL CONV., San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Texas Poultry Federation, 595 Round Rock W. Drive, Suite 305, Round Rock, Texas 78581. Ph: 512-248-0600; tpf@ texspoultry.org; www.texaspoultry.org.
JUN 19-21 — MTGA SUMMER MTNG., Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, Minn. Contact: Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. Ph 763-6822171; email@example.com. JUN 20-22 — NCC SUMMER BOARD MTNG., Newport Coast, Calif. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1052 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-296-2622; ncc@ chickenusa.org; www.nationalchick-
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JUL 9-10 — HATCHERY BREEDER CLINIC, The Wynfrey Hotel, Birmingham, Ala. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-493-9401, seminar@uspoultry. org, www.uspoultry.org/edu_index.cfm JUL 10-11 — AEB BOARD MTNG., Chicago, Ill. Contact: American Egg Board, 1460 Renaissance Drive, Park Ridge, Ill. 60068. Ph: 847-296-
tion Reform Act.” yy AGENDA 21: AAW strongly urges Congress to support the passage of H.R. 75, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act. This Act would allow the U.S. to withdraw membership and participation on the United Nations order to protect the sovereignty of the United States against global governance. yy R.I.V.E.R Act of 2013: AAW is in support of current legislation (S.407) that improves and updates our locks and dams infrastructure with both public and private funding and improves the efficiency of the Corps of Engineers design and construction process. yy S.E.T.A.: AAW believes in Reforming Gross Vehicle Weights of trucks by supporting current legislation (H.R. 612) in which Gross Vehicle Weights increase resulting in less fuel consumption, less pollution, reduced pavement wear, and greater safety on our highways. The AAW Fly In to Washington D.C. will be held June 2-5, 2013. More AAW information is available at www.americanagriwomen.org. 7043;
JUL 16-17 — INFORMATION SYSTEMS SMNR., Doubletree Hotel, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770493-9401, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.uspoultry.org/edu_index.cfm JUL 18-20 — AAMP CONV., Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston, S.C. Contact: American Association of Meat Processors, 1 Meating Place, Elizabethtown, Pa. 17022. Ph: 717-367-1168; aamp@ aamp.com; www.aamp.com. JUL 21-23 — NCC & NPFDA CHICKEN MARKETING SMNR., Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1015 15th St., N.W., Suite 930, Washington, D.C. 20005, 202-296-2622, www.nationalchickencouncil.com, www.eatchicken.com; or National Poultry & Food Distributors Association, 2014 Osborne Road, St. Marys, Ga. 31558, 770-5359901, email@example.com, www.npfda.org. JUL 21-25 — PSA ANNUAL CONV., Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, Calif. Contact: Poultry Science Association, 1800 S. Oak St., Suite 100,, Champaign, Ill. 61820. Ph: 217-356-5285; pas@ assochq.org; www.poultryscience.org.
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Myths and facts about animal agriculture Animal Ag Alliance ARLINGTON, Va. — In an increasingly urban society, our contact with animals, especially farm animals, is limited. While man and animal depend on each other, our modern culture separates people from animals more and more. As a result, our understanding of the needs and roles of domesticated animals becomes weaker, and in some cases, distorted. One of the best strongholds of animal welfare in our culture is America’s farmers and ranchers. With the exception of zoos and animal parks, only farmers and ranchers enjoy close, daily contact with animals. As these individuals tend livestock and poultry, guaranteeing their health and welfare, the animal provides an economic return to the farmer by supplying wholesome, high quality foods that people want. Many of today’s consumers don’t know about farmers’ and ranchers’ relationship with their animals, or how modern farmers produce meat, milk, and eggs. The image of the family farm with its red barn, a few chickens in the yard, some pigs in the mud, and cows in the field isn’t accurate anymore. Today, U.S. animal agriculture is a dynamic, specialized endeavor — the envy of the rest of the world. Modern American agriculture allows 2 percent of the people to feed 100 percent of the population. Well cared for, healthy livestock and poultry is the key to this efficiency, resulting in the highest quality and most affordable food in the history of the world. Modern farm animal production is no accident. Improved animal housing, handling practices, and healthy, nutritious feeds are the result of billions of dollars of private and government research into how to raise healthy animals. As American animal agriculture grows and changes, two truths remain constant: Farmers’ and ranchers’ concern for their animals’ welfare, and their dedication to providing the highest quality, safest food in the world. Some of the commonly heard myths about modern animal agriculture are listed below. Then general facts on how and why farmers and ranchers really operate follow. MYTH — Farm animals are routinely raised on “factory farms,” confined in “crowded, unventilated cages and sheds.” FACT — Animals are generally kept in barns and similar housing, with the exception of beef cattle, to protect the health and wel-
fare of the animal. Housing protects animals from predators, disease, and bad weather or extreme climate. Housing also makes breeding and birth less stressful, protects young animals and makes it easier for farmers to care for both healthy and sick animals. Modern housing is well-ventilated, warm, well-lit, clean and scientifically-designed to meet an animal’s specific needs — including temperature, light, water and food. Because it is designed to meet specific needs, a hog barn wouldn’t be used for cows, any more than an adult would sleep in a child’s crib. Housing is designed to allow the farmer to provide the best animal care possible. MYTH — A vegetarian diet is healthier than a diet that includes meat, poultry, milk, and eggs. FACT — Both the federal government and the American Heart Association say that a diet containing meat, milk and eggs is appropriate to both groups’ dietary guidelines. Health benefits can be derived by non-vegetarians who follow a prudent diet that is low in fat, sodium, sugar and alcohol. Poorly-planned vegetarian diets can be just as unhealthy as poorly-planned non-vegetarian diets. The key to a healthy diet is moderation. One tip from Amy Barr, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colo., is “don’t eliminate whole food groups.” Don’t, for example, drop dairy from your diet. “A lot of people, especially women give up milk because they think it’s fattening,” says Anne Fletcher, a registered dietitian and author of “Thin for Life.” But milk is one of the best sources of calcium in the diet, which is important for preventing osteoporosis and possibly for warding off colon cancer. MYTH — Farm animals in “confinement” are prone to disease, forcing farmers to routinely use antibiotics, hormones and drugs and to keep them alive. This jeopardizes animal and human health. FACT — Animal scientists, veterinarians and on-farm experience show animals kept in housing are generally healthier because they are protected. Farm animals do sometimes get sick. To prevent illness and to ensure that an animal remains healthy all of its life, farmers will take preventive measures, like using animal health products. These products are generally included in a scientifically-formulated feed that matches
the animal’s needs. This is the simplest way to ensure each animal gets the care it needs. Animal health products include animal drugs and vaccines, in addition to vitamins, minerals and other nutrients the animal needs in its diet. All animal health products are approved and regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. MYTH — By eating less meat, Americans would improve the environment and free land and resources for the production of food crops rather than animal products, which could be used to feed the hungry overseas. FACT — Americans need to both animals and plants to manage the nation’s natural resources in the best way possible and feed its people. For example, about half the land area of the U.S. can’t be used for growing crops — it can only be used for grazing. That land would be of no use as a food resource if it were not for grazing livestock like cattle, goats and sheep. The U.S. has more than enough cropland to grow both feed grains and food crops. MYTH — Farming in the U.S. is controlled
by large corporations, which care about profits and not about animal welfare. FACT — there are 2.1 million farms in the U.S., and according to a May 2006 report on the structure and finances of U.S. farms, exactly the same numbers counted by the 1997 Census of Agriculture. The 2006 report found that the vast majority of America’s farms (98 percent) are family-farms. The study also discovered that 61 percent of all farms did not participate in any farm program in 2003. This finding clearly indicates that only a minority of farmers receive agricultural subsidies. Established in 1987, the Animal Agriculture Alliance is a non-profit, broad based coalition of individual farmers, ranchers, producer organizations, suppliers, packer-processors, scientists, veterinarians and retailers. Efforts focus on bringing truthful, science-based information to consumers so the role of animal agriculture in feeding a hungry world is better understood and appreciated.
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UEP points out that polling last year showed that voters overwhelmingly support such legislation and the Congressional Budget Office indicated that passage and introduction added no government cost. Senator Feinstein also reported that a survey by an independent research company, the Bantam Group, found that consumers support the industry transitioning to larger cages with enrichments by a ratio of 12 to 1. “Importantly, the Congressional Budget scores this legislation as having no cost, and a study by Agralytica, a consulting firm, found that this legislation would not have
a substantial price effect on consumers,” the senator said. In addition to the increased space per hen, the legislation would: yy Require that, after a phase-in period, all egg laying hens be provided with environmental enrichments such as perches, nesting boxes and scratching areas. yy Require labeling on all egg cartons to inform consumers of the method used to produce the eggs: “eggs from caged hens,” “eggs from hens in enriched cages,” “eggs from cage-free hens” and “eggs from free-range hens.” yy Prohibit feed- or water-withdrawal molting to extend the laying cycle, a practice already banned by the UEP Certified program.
yy Require standards approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association for euthanasia of egg-laying hens. yy Prohibit excessive ammonia levels in hen houses except during short periods of adverse weather conditions. yy Prohibit the transport and sale of eggs and egg products nationwide that don’t meet these requirements. “The proposed legislation will help ensure the American consumers continue to have a wide variety and uninterrupted supply of eggs at affordable prices, and that farmers have a level playing field in all 50 states,” said David Lathem, UEP chairman. UEP, which represents farmers
Oppose However, another egg group — the Egg Farmers of America with members mainly in the Midwest — opposes the legislation. The group says passing “one size fits all” legislation will take away a producers’ freedom to operate in a way that is best for their animals. “More importantly, it will ultimately limit consumer choices and increase food costs for American families,” the Egg Farmers of
America stated. They claim that federally mandated animal welfare production practices in other developed countries “have not shown a measured improvement in animal welfare. But it has caused significant increased costs of production, caused irreparable harm to family farms and been proven to increase food costs for those countries’ consumers.”
To pass The House and Senate bills must be passed in identical wording for the legislation to become law. Any changes in language will require a conference committee to work out differences.
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producing approximately 95 percent of the nation’s eggs, voiced its support of the legislation in meetings with members of Congress during the group’s annual legislative board meeting in Washington.
yy The H-2A guest worker program should be replaced with a new program that permits workers to remain employed in the United States year-round. The program should allow entry to a sufficient number of workers to meet agriculture’s needs; should permit them to remain in the United States for three years with the ability to come back to the U.S. thereafter upon meeting a requirement to return to their home country; and should balance the interests of employers and workers along the lines of an agreement reached in April 2013 between representatives of these groups and a bipartisan group of senators. yy Undocumented agricultural workers should be eligible to apply for a “green card” in 5-7 years if they continue working in agriculture during that time. These workers should have legal status (sometimes called a “blue card”) during the transition period. yy Legislation should be bipar-
tisan and address the major issues in this important debate, including border security and the status of workers in non-agricultural industries.
EPA position The United Egg Producers is also asking members of Congress to tell the Environmental Protection Agency to stop its efforts to create a comprehensive, national survey or database of livestock and poultry producers. Instead, UEP said, the EPA should work with producers to find alternative means to ensure producers can comply with the Clean Water Act and the Confined Animal Feeding Operations rule. In 2012, the EPA began to informally collect information on livestock and poultry operations after rejecting rulemaking plans to require producers themselves to submit the data. USDA, the Department of Homeland Security and producers had ob-
jected to the rulemaking because the collection of the data and development of a national database raised security and biosecurity concerns. However, UEP stated, in February 2013, the EPA Office of Water, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, released to three environmental organizations information collected from 34 states about an estimated 85,000 to 100,000 cattle, dairy, swine, layer, broiler and turkey farms and farmers across the country. The agency also failed to review and screen the information for any person, private and confidential data. The EPA has since redacted such information and asked for return of the original files and destruction of any copies. UEP is also asking Congress to tell the EPA to institute new and appropriate management controls in the Office of Water. “Lastly, EPA must always and in all instances protect personal, private or confidential information about farms or farmers,” says the UEP request to Congress.
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“I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that MTGA will face in the year to come,” said Zimmerman after officially being handed the presidential gavel at the MTRPC-MTGA annual meeting in March. “There are a great variety of businesses in the turkey industry and we don’t all agree on every issue, yet whether you raise a few thousand or several million turkeys, or work in a supporting industry, there are issues that affect us all and that is where associations like MTGA come in. A centralized organization dedicated to the well-being and continued success of our industry helps us achieve our goals.” Zimmerman indicated that the number one goal of Minnesota’s turkey farmers in the coming year will be a return to profitability. “We need to continue to work with the University of Minnesota on relevant and timely research projects, continue to promote a positive image of our operations and animal husbandry practices, and continue to develop and support reasonable legislation and regulations that will help us remain competitive,” he said. Zimmerman runs the family farm — P&J Products, Northfield, Minn. — along with his mother, Karen Zimmerman. He has been in the turkey industry all his life and P&J Products raise approximately 3 to 4 million pounds of turkey annually and also raise 500 acres of corn and soybeans. Zimmerman graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in animal science. He also is a graduate of the Minnesota Agricultural Rural Leadership Program (MARL) and currently serves on the board of directors of MARL. In addition, he is board secretary of the River County Co-op. He and his wife, Kara, live in Northfield. He succeeds Duane Jaenicke, who officially steps into the past
president role. Jaenicke runs P&J Farms along with his son, Scott. The farm raises approximately 100,000 to 130,000 hens for Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls, Minn. The turkey business runs in the Jaenicke family. When he was growing up, he remembers the small flocks of turkeys his father raised, and today, Jaenicke’s brother also raises turkeys. Duane Jaenicke began his P&J Farms venture in 1992. For many years, he taught management education courses at Northland Community and Technical College and was named the 2001 Outstanding Ag Educator by the State Association of Management and Ag Educators in Minnesota. He retired from teaching in June 2005. Jaenicke is active in his local church, has served on the church board and currently is in charge of the cemetery. He and his wife, Bev, have three sons. The remaining two members of the MTGA/MTRPC executive committee are: Vice President John Gorton, Gorton Turkeys Inc., Pelican Rapids, Minn.; and SecretaryTreasurer Gene Brownfield, Winter Creek Farms, Redwood Falls, Minn. Gorton has spent his entire life in the turkey industry, including 18 active years as an adult — the early years with Jennie-O and later with his father. Gorton Turkeys raises 360,000 hens, 44,000 consumer toms, 50,000 KBI toms and 50,000 heavy toms annually. He is currently starting his third term on the MTGA-MTRPC board of directors, having served since 2007. He also has been a featured farmer for the Farmers Feed Us program in Minnesota. Gorton, his wife Trudy, and family live in Pelican Rapids and have two sons. He is an active member of the Pelican Rapids Jaycees and volunteers as a den leader for Cub Scouts. Brownfield currently produces 900,000 hens on farms in Renville and Brown counties. He represents MTGA on the Minnesota Ag Water Resources Coalition (MAWRC)
MTGA officers: Newly elected officers of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association are, left to right, Gene Brownfield, secretary-treasurer; Duane Jaenicke, past president; John Zimmerman, president; and John Gorton, vice president.
and has served on the MTGAMTRPC board of directors since 2008. He currently serves as an elder at Cornerstone Christian Church and is a director in several local and state ministries. He also serves on the boards and volunteers in community activities. Brownfield and his wife, Janette, have two children, Dean, who runs the family farm, and Jayne who lives in Waconia. They also follow the activities of three active grandsons.
Promoter of the year The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council has honored Doug and Linda Hedlund of Roseau, Minn., with its 2013 Turkey Promoter of the Year award. The Hedlunds are second generation turkey farmers who raise 60,000 turkeys annually for the farmer-owned Northern Pride Cooperative out of Thief River Falls, Minn. In addition to their farm, however, Doug and Linda took over managing concessions at the Roseau hockey arena 33 years ago. About 15 years ago the two added turkey wings to the menu. When those proved to be a bit too labor intensive, they switched to a bone-in turkey breast sandwich served on a hamburger bun, which remains an extremely popular menu item today. The Hedlunds also cater weddings, graduations, reunions and company picnics. “Doug and Linda have done an outstanding job showing that turkey is a delicious option all year-round, said Executive Director Steve Olson. “Their passion for promoting
turkey through their concession stand and catering business is inspiring and we appreciate the work they are doing on behalf of the turkey industry.”
Extraordinary efforts MTGA honored Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg of Alexandria, Minn., for their extraordinary efforts to grow and strengthen the North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention, which is held annually in December in Fargo, N.D. The couple received the MTGA President’s Award. The MTGA President’s Award is given annually to individual(s) chosen specifically for their dedication and commitment to the goals of the organization. “I consider one of the most important goals of the MTGA is to strengthen grower profitability,” Jaenicke said. “This is done by providing growers with relevant information to improve their farms, businesses and ability to raise turkeys. The North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention meets that criteria in large part because of the leadership and tireless efforts of Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg.” The North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention attracts a large group of attendees from Minnesota each year to Fargo, and has seen tremendous growth over the past five years. The Wittenburgs raise turkeys and also co-own Protein Alliance, a full-service trading company, which represents Northern Pride Cooperative, in the sales of all their products. The company also works with all of
the turkey processors in the country buying and selling all forms of turkey products to domestic and export customers.
Scholarships MTGA also announced two 2013 Ranelius Scholarship awards for $2,500 each to University of Minnesota students at its annual meeting. This is a competitive award given to a current student(s) with an interest in poultry and agriculture. The recipients are: yy Lindsay Bush — Bush is a first-year veterinary student at the University of Minnesota and has a bachelor of science in animal science. Her career goal is to work as a pathologist helping poultry farmers identify the cause of mortality and prevent future loss. yy Michaela (Mickie) Trudeau — Trudeau is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota majoring in animal science. She is a member of the Pre-Vet and Gopher Poultry Science clubs and has been a student worker under the tutelage of UM poultry Extension researcher Dr. Sally Noll. After graduation, she plans to either attend veterinary school (with an emphasis on poultry) or attend graduate school to work on turkey nutrition research. “On behalf of MTGA, I congratulate all these young people and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, as they work toward their specific career goals in agriculture,” Olson said. More information can be obtained at www.minnesotaturkey.com.
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Court refuses to dismiss poultry farmer’s suit against EPA WASHINGTON — Poultry and livestock farmers scored a win April 22 when a federal court rejected efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to dismiss a case brought by West Virginia poultry farmer Lois Alt, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Alt had challenged an EPA order demanding that she obtain a Clean Water Act discharge permit for ordinary stormwater runoff from her farmyard. Despite EPA’s recent withdrawal of the Alt order, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia ruled that the case should go forward to clarify for the benefit of Alt and other farm-
ers whether, as EPA contends, discharge permits are required for “ordinary precipitation runoff from a typical farmyard.” “EPA seems to have believed if it withdrew the order against Ms. Alt, the court would dismiss her lawsuit,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “The tactic failed because the court recognized EPA wasn’t changing its underlying legal position, but just trying to avoid having to defend that position.” Alt filed suit against EPA in June 2012 after the agency threatened her with $37,500 in fines each time stormwater came into contact with dust, feathers or small amounts of manure on the ground outside of her
poultry houses as a result of normal farm operations. EPA also threatened separate fines of $37,500 per day if Alt failed to apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for such stormwater discharges. Alt responded with a lawsuit challenging the EPA order. AFBF and the West Virginia Farm Bureau intervened as co-plaintiffs with Alt to help resolve the issue for the benefit of other poultry and livestock farmers. EPA withdrew its order in December 2012, about six weeks before briefing on the legal issues was set to begin. The same month, five environmental groups, including Waterkeeper Alliance, Center
for Food Safety and Food & Water Watch, moved to join the lawsuit on the side of EPA. In opposing EPA’s motion to dismiss, Alt and Farm Bureau argued that farmers remain vulnerable to similar EPA orders, because EPA stands by its contention that the Clean Water Act statutory exemption for “agricultural stormwater” does not apply to stormwater from the farmyard at a concentrated animal feeding operation. The court agreed, noting that “[t]his Court’s ultimate decision on the merits will benefit all parties, including EPA and many thousands of farmers, by clarifying the extent of federal CWA ‘discharge’ liability and
permit requirements for ordinary precipitation runoff from a typical farmyard.” “Ms. Alt has courageously taken on EPA not just for her own benefit, but for the benefit of other farmers,” said Stallman. “She refused to back down from her principles despite the best efforts of EPA and environmental groups. We are pleased that the court agreed that the stakes are high for all poultry and livestock farmers and this issue should be resolved.” In addition to denying EPA’s motion to dismiss, the court allowed the environmental groups to intervene and ordered briefing on the Alt and Farm Bureau claims to begin by June 1.
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try. With funding from the State of Georgia and in cooperation with the Georgia Poultry Federation, ATRP has been a driving force in developing new technologies that enhance the industry’s productivity and efficiency, and is recognized as one of the best university-based engineering R&D programs focused on the poultry industry. In addition to seeking solutions to today’s challenges, the program concentrates on transformational innovations that are essential for a viable industry in the future. “This program has evolved stepby-step with the industry. There was always that link, and I think that is why the program is so successful. There are countless examples of innovations, transformational and incremental, that have made a difference to the poultry industry, and we are looking forward to the next
40 years,” said Mike Giles, current president of the Georgia Poultry Federation. Indeed, a strong partnership with Georgia’s poultry industry is a hallmark of ATRP. Noting Georgia Tech’s strategic goal of doubling the amount of work it does for industry in the next five years, GTRI Director Bob McGrath said he views ATRP as the prototype of what Georgia Tech is trying to accomplish with other industries. “This is exactly what I think Georgia Tech’s partnership with industry should look like . . . Where you the industry come in and tell us what you need, where we have great and sustained support from our state government that provides modest resources to let us work with you to understand and develop high-tech solutions to your problems.” In what he called a homecoming, Craig Wyvill, retired ATRP director who spearheaded the program’s phenomenal growth, reflected on
two of his proudest moments from ATRP’s history. He told the crowd that the program actually spawned Georgia Tech’s Material Handling Research Center in the 1980s and served as the prototype for the development of Georgia’s Traditional Industries Program for Food Processing in the 1990s. “There are a lot of good things that happen when you have the synergy of a program like this,” remarked Wyvill. ATRP’s mission is to support the economic growth of Georgia agribusiness, especially the poultry industry, through research, education, technical assistance and outreach. Gary Black, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, stressed the importance of university research to the economic development of a state, particularly the creation of jobs. “Anytime we have a chance in our research institutions to make investments that will generate intellectual capital that will transmit
contact, such as people taking care of a sick family member or health workers treating patients. There is no evidence the virus is spreading easily between people and all cases of human-to-human transmission have been limited so far. Q: How are people catching the bird flu H7N9? A: Some studies suggest the new bird flu is jumping directly to people from poultry at live bird markets. Cases have slowed down since Chinese authorities began shutting down such markets. But it’s unclear exactly what kind of exposure is needed for humans to catch the virus and very few animals have tested positive for it. Unlike the last bird flu strain to cause global concern, H5N1, the new strain doesn’t appear to make birds sick and may be spreading silently in poultry populations. Q: What precautions can
people take against these new viruses? A: WHO is not advising people to avoid traveling to the Middle East or China but is urging people to practice good personal hygiene like regular hand-washing. “Until we know how and where humans are contracting these two diseases, we cannot control them,” said Gregory Hartl, WHO spokesman. Q: Which virus should we be more worried about? A: It’s impossible to know. “We really don’t want to play the game of predicting which virus will be more deadly than the other,” Hartl said. At the moment, both are worrisome since so little is known about how they are infecting humans and both appear to cause severe disease. “Any virus that has the ability to develop the capacity to spread from human to human is of great concern to WHO,” he said.
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people. Here’s a crash course in what we know so far about them: Q: How are humans getting infected by the new coronavirus? A: Scientists don’t exactly know. There is some suggestion the disease is jumping directly from animals like camels or goats to humans, but officials are also considering other sources, like a common environmental exposure. The new coronavirus is most closely related to a bat virus, but it’s possible that bats are transmitting the disease via another source before humans catch it. Q: Can the new coronavirus be spread from human to human? A: In some circumstances, yes. There have been clusters of the disease in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Britain and now France, where the virus has spread from person-to-person. Most of those infected were in very close
into an industry, that means not just Georgia-grown intellectual capital but Georgia-grown jobs for our future. The importance of that cannot be overstated, and our commitment to that must not waiver.…” “The strength of ATRP lies with all the great people who make up this truly unique program, and this includes all of the very talented students, staff and researchers here at Georgia Tech as well as our incredibly supportive industry and state partners. The real credit for the success goes to all of the people who have been a part of the program over the past 40 years, and it was great to have so many of them here to celebrate with us today. I’m excited about continuing this tradition of excellence as we look to the future of the program,” said Doug Britton, ATRP program manager.
After remarks, attendees enjoyed an ice cream social and the debut of a new exhibit chronicling the program’s history of serving the poultry industry through innovative R&D. Earlier in the day, the program’s Poultry Advisory Committee held its annual meeting. Project directors provided committee members with an update on program research projects as well as technology transfer and outreach activities. A round-table session was also held where members provided feedback and discussed future research opportunities, challenges and directions with researchers. The annual meeting serves as a critical step in ATRP’s efforts to identify and conduct research projects that best address the industry’s top priority needs, demonstrating that 40 years later, ATRP is still ready to answer industry’s call.
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reported. The market on tom breast meat is steady with an at least steady undertone; destrapped tenderloins steady to instances firm, mostly steady; wing meat steady; breast trim and scapula steady to firm. Demand on tom breast meat was mostly moderate with fresh the most active and destrapped tenderloins light to mostly moderate. Demand on wing meat was light to moderate while breast trim and scapula were moderate to good. Offerings of tom breast meat and destrapped tenderloins were light to moderate, balance light at best. The market on tom drums was steady to firm, wings and necks were steady. Demand on tom drums was moderate to good, balance of tom bulk parts light to moderate with some holding inventories with more con-
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Nat’l. Turkey Market: (May 14): The market on 8-16 lb. hens and 16-24 lb. toms was steady with the undertone strongest on hens. Demand was light. Processor
offerings of hens and 16-24 lb. toms was light to moderate. Frozen Grade A basted equivalent processor offering prices on a national basis for hens was 95¢-$1.01 f.o.b., and 16-24 lb. toms 92¢-$1.01 f.o.b. for current shipments. No trading
fidence. The market on hen bulk parts was steady to firm. The thigh meat market was steady to instances weak with frozen weakest. Offerings were light to mostly moderate. The market on mechanically separated turkey was steady, notes USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
F owl: May 10: Live spent heavy fowl
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 May 13: line run tenders $2.07½; skinless/boneless breasts
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.
Company Annual High Apr. 30 May 14 Cal-Maine 47.66 42.68 43.62 Campbell Soup 47.75 46.41 47.64 ConAgra 36.31 35.37 35.69 Hormel 42.92 41.27 42.89 Pilgrim’s Pride 11.51 9.79 11.43 Sanderson Farms 64.79 61.26 64.77 Seaboard 2934.00 2745.98 2767.62 Tyson 25.22 24.63 24.93 (Courtesy: A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc.)
Extra Large Regions: Northeast 101.50 Southeast 100.50 Midwest 92.50 South Central 103.50 Combined 99.65
99.00 98.50 90.50 99.50 96.95
89.00 88.00 80.50 89.50 86.83
Computed from simple weekly averages weighted by regional area populations
Grain Prices OHIO COUNTRY ELEV. Apr. 30 May 7 May 14 No. 2 Yellow Corn/bu. $6.78 $6.57 $6.78 Soybeans/bu. $14.59 $14.23 $14.74 (Courtesy: Prospect Farmers Exchange, Prospect, Ohio)
Broiler Eggs Set/Chicks Placed in 19 States
EGGS SET (Thousands)
CHICKS PLACED (Thousands)
Del Fla Ga Ky La Md Miss Mo. N.C. Okla Pa S.C. Tex Va Other states
28,256 21,809 10,738 3,412 1,175 33,073 7,715 3,546 7,582 17,603 8,341 20.025 6,737 3,896 5,401 14,407 6,636 8,063
27,912 21,109 10,759 3,540 1,221 33,132 7,747 3,546 7,598 17,814 8,313 19,797 6,354 3,892 5,203 14,757 6,562 8,039
27,314 20,913 10,538 3,411 1,221 33,023 7,630 3,470 7,580 17,823 8,018 19,963 6,589 4,140 5,420 14,842 6,568 8,067
28,065 21,984 10,515 3,475 1,222 33,059 7,795 3,485 7,647 17,794 8,125 20,186 6,560 3,353 5,286 14,796 6,739 8,197
20,904 19,104 10,519 3,528 1,328 26,686 5,891 3,116 6,852 14,908 5,954 15,062 4,439 3,094 4,744 12,676 4,896 6,329
21,291 19,573 10,246 3,652 1,443 26,420 6,589 3,175 5,981 15,067 6,183 15,815 4,260 2,954 4,292 12,050 5,632 6,077
20,601 19,698 10,836 3,710 1,336 27,026 6,031 3,149 6,435 15,099 5,296 15,750 4,845 3,220 5,087 11,874 5,178 5,659
21,068 20,668 10,823 4,314 1,522 26,481 5,833 3,140 6,237 14,867 5,385 16,235 4,469 3,222 4,306 11,783 5,395 5,949
19 States Total
% Prev. yr.
1/Current week as percent of same week last year.
N ational Slaughter: Broiler: Estimated slaughter
for week ending May 11 is 156,878,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending May 4 was 154,609,000. Heavy-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending May 11 is 1,592,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending May 4 was 1,416,000. Light-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending May 11 is 1,979,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending May 4 was 1,827,000. Total: Week of May 11: 160,449,000. Week of May 4: 157,852,000.
Industry Stock Report The following chart provides an annual high and a comparison of recent activity of major poultry company stocks.
$2.10½; whole breasts $1.25; boneless/skinless thigh meat $1.46½; thighs 75¢; drumsticks 74½¢; leg quarters 56¢; wings $1.37½.
USDA National Composite Weighted Average For week of: May 10 For week of: May 3
Majority (whole body) May 10 Eastern Region: $1.07--$1.11 New York: $1.07--$1.11 Central Region: $1.00--$1.06 Chicago: 99¢--$1.06 Western Region: $1.03--$1.11 Los Angeles: $1.04--$1.11 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 Weighted avg. prices for frozen whole young turkeys Weighted average (cents/lb.) F.O.B. shipper dock National Week ending May 10 Last year Hens (8-16 lbs.) 97.81 108.50 Toms (16-24 lbs.) 98.00 104.00 Week ending May 3 Hens (8-16 lbs.) Toms (16-24 lbs.)
Apr. avg. 97.30 96.45
Egg Markets USDA quotations New York cartoned del. store-door: May 7 May 14 Extra large, up 17¢ $1.11--$1.15 $1.28--$1.32 Large, up 17¢ $1.09--$1.13 $1.26--$1.30 Medium, up 10¢ 97¢--$1.01 $1.07--$1.11 Southeast Regional del. warehouse: May 7 May 14 Extra large, up 11½¢ 93¢--$1.11 $1.04½--$1.22 Large, up 11½¢ 89¢--$1.07 $1.00½--$1.20 Medium, up 4¢ 84¢--$1.00 88¢--$1.05
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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. Through a surround-sound approach, AEB reached consumers and the media at numerous points. AEB’s Easter program generated more than 175 million total impressions. Public relations efforts alone garnered 105 million impressions this year, including social media, topping last year’s program by more than 50 million impressions. These efforts included: yy Press kit highlighting egg decorating and hard-boiling tips from HGTV’s Sabrina Soto. yy Step-by-step egg decorating slideshow from hard-boiling to the finished product, featuring designs from Soto. yy Easter consumer survey to gauge knowledge of hardboiling, favorite egg dyeing methods and Easter activities for leverage in traditional media. yy Easter Eggs-stravaganza sweepstakes on Pinterest encouraged online users to reprint their favorite designs and Easter recipes. yy Skit about hard-boiling, egg decorating and Easter Jingle airing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” yy Jingle promotional segments on “Mike & Mike in the
Morning” and “Nick Cannon’s Countdown.” yy Easter hub on Facebook. yy Variety of print and digital “Wake up to Eggs” ads with nutrition and Easter info. Traditional media garnered more than 95 million impressions with a mix of online, magazine, newspaper and broadcast placements. Highlights include: USA Weekend interview with Egg Nutrition Center’s Mitch Kanter. yy “Fox & Friends” segments with Soto, featuring egg decorating and centerpiece design. yy USA Today “Snapshots” used two Easter survey stats about favorite Easter activities and percentage of people who dye a dozen or more eggs a year in an egg-shaped image. yy Woman’s World giveaway featuring nutrition messaging and link to Incredible Edible Egg Facebook page for Easter tips. yy “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” skit with Guillermo and Yehya hard-boiling and decorating eggs. yy San Diego Union-Tribune article with Soto’s photos/tips, hard-boiling how-to and driver to Pinterest contest. Bloggers rallied around Easter, driving readers to the Easter Facebook coupon and garnering more than 950,000 impressions. AEB garnered 9 million impressions by engaging fans and shared tips on AEB’s social channels, including Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. National Egg Salad Week also received coverage in outlets
Delmarva bumper sticker: ‘Our Farms, Your Food’ GEORGETOWN, Del. — To help make the connection between family farms and consumers, Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., the 2,000-member trade association for the Delmarva Peninsula’s meat chicken industry, has introduced a new bumper sticker with the theme “Our Farms, Your Food.” A secondary message is “Support Delmarva’s Family Farmers.” This farm promotional project is made possible with the financial support from America’s soybean farmers through the United Soybean Board, the Delaware Soybean Board and the Maryland Soybean Board. Over the course of the next few months, DPI will be distributing the 10,000 attractive, multi-color bumper stickers to DPI members and the general public at a variety of places, including the June 21-22 Delmarva Chicken Festival in Snow Hill, Md.; the July Delaware State Fair; and at other meetings and functions. The first one was affixed to the vehicle of DPI President Jenny
Rhodes, a chicken grower in Queen Anne’s County, Md. “We hope these new promotional stickers will help consumers better understand that food comes from farms and not just from grocery stores. Unfortunately, too many people really do not understand the role that family farmers, such as our chicken growers, play in getting food to consumers,” Rhodes noted. The new bumper stickers continue a DPI program of promoting the chicken industry and agriculture in general. Previous efforts have included pro-agriculture banners visible to bicyclists on Delmarva, other bumper stickers, tee shirts, billboards, airplane banners over the beaches and the very popular EAT CHICKEN TONIGHT signs from 2006. More information can be obtained from Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. at 302-856-9037 or www.dpichicken.com.
Bumper sticker: Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. President Jenny Rhodes affixes the first “Our Farms, Your Food” bumper sticker to her vehicle.
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POULTRY TIMES, May 20, 2013
Study: New bird flu jumped directly from chickens The Associated Press
LONDON — Chinese scientists have for the first time found strong evidence of how humans became infected with a new strain of bird flu: from chickens at a live market. Chinese scientists compared swabs from birds at markets in eastern China to virus samples from four patients who caught the new H7N9 virus. The scientists found the virus from one patient was nearly identical to one found in a chicken. The research was published online on April 25 in the journal Lancet.
Finding definitive proof of how patients were infected is very difficult and experts have so far struggled to find much virus in birds. Despite taking nearly 48,000 samples from animals in live markets, Chinese officials found only 39 positive tests for H7N9. Experts had suspected birds in live markets to be the source of infection but weren’t sure if other animals or wild birds might also be responsible. Health officials have so far refrained from recommending any wide-scale slaughter of poultry to contain the disease, one of the main
tools used previously to combat another bird flu strain, H5N1. Unlike that strain, H7N9 doesn’t appear to sicken chickens, giving experts fewer signs as to where it might be spreading. Chinese authorities have shut down live poultry markets in many affected regions, which seems to have slowed down the virus. Still, Taiwan recently reported its first case. So far, H7N9 has infected more than 100 people in China and killed more than 20.
But there is a surprising lack of data available to shed light on the economic burdens of infectious diseases. To provide this data, the center launched the IDCC, which gives country-specific and global estimates of the economic costs of specific infectious diseases. The IDCC was built to provide information to health officials, charitable organizations and others who face decisions about investments in public health
interventions. Initially, the IDCC will provide cost data for dengue and cholera, with plans to add data on other diseases in the future. IDCC estimates combine direct costs — that is, costs of inpatient and outpatient treatment, and costs attributable to deaths — with indirect costs — that is, costs of decreased productivity due to illness, disability and death — to deliver a total cost of an infectious disease for each country.
“Infectious diseases such as cholera and dengue have devastating consequences for the people and economies they affect,” explained project leader Dr. Amesh Adalja. “Yet these and other tropical diseases often receive little attention and funding because the real costs are not well understood.” “Without the ability to calculate the economic burden of disease, health ministers and other public health and political leaders are not
able to make fully informed decisions regarding the most effective and cost-effective interventions for preventing or mitigating the effects of infectious diseases,” said Dr. David Sack, an expert on cholera, expert advisor to the project team and a professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University. The Infectious Disease Cost Calculator can be found at www.idcostcalc.org/index.html.
booths (226 exhibiting companies), as well as educational workshops with more than 40 speakers from across the world. This steady increase in exhibitors and booth space during the past five years has merited the distinction for MPF as one of the “50 Fastest Growing Trade Shows” in the U.S. by Trade Show Magazine, the federation noted. The 43rd annual MPF Convention will be held March 18-20, 2014. The show will feature a Pre-Show Nutrition Symposium and Welcome Reception on March 18 and exhibits and educational sessions on March 19-20.
Long-time exhibitors Also, a total of 31 exhibiting companies were honored for their longtime commitment to the convention. The companies received a special Longevity Award during the Fellowship Breakfast held during the convention. “We are so grateful and appreciative of the long-term commitment and dedication to MPF that these companies have shown through the years,” said 2013 MPF President Allen Behl, Behl Turkey Farms. “Our organization is extremely fortunate to be able to work with so many returning exhibiting com-
panies year after year to provide an excellent trade show experience for our attendees.” The following companies were recognized for their consecutive years exhibiting. yy 40 years — Koechner Mfg. Co. Inc. yy 35 years — Sudenga Industries Inc. yy 30 years — Hybrid Turkeys yy 25 years — Ceva Biomune yy 20 years — Poultry Management Systems Inc., Warehouse Shell Sales Co. yy 15 years — Endres Processing LLC, Lohmann Animal Health International, Motomco Ltd., Novartis Animal Health US Inc.
yy 10 years — Cashton Farm Supply/CFS Specialties, Chick Master Incubator Co., Liphatech Inc., O’Kelley Mfg., POET Nutrition, Salmet International, Walinga USA Inc., Zinpro Performance Minerals. yy 5 years — AgriSoft/CMC, Conklin Roofing Systems, Hygieia Biological Laboratories, Intech LLC, ISA/Hendrix Genetics, Kemin Industries, Life Products/ The Vit-E-Men Co., Mendota AgriProducts, Minnesota Farm Insurance, Novus, Pakster, Patz Corp., Seven Star Enterprises. More information can be obtained at www.midwestpoultry.com.
AP Photo/Gilliam Wong, File
New bird flu: In this April 3, 2013, file photo, chickens are seen at a chicken farm on the outskirts of Shanghai, China. Chinese scientists have for the first time found strong evidence of how humans got infected with a new strain of bird flu: from chickens at a live market.
Center creates web-based infectious diseases calculator BALTIMORE, Md. — The UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Center for Health Security has launched a new webbased tool: the Infectious Disease Cost Calculator, or IDCC. The ability to gauge economic losses associated with infectious disease outbreaks is critical to making informed decisions about investments in disease prevention and control at the local, national and global levels, the center noted.
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igan Allied Poultry Industries. Also, Bruce Eastlund of ILC Resources was re-elected to his second term as an allied director on the MPF board. ILC Resources is a long-time exhibitor at the convention. Eastlund is one of three allied directors who represent all exhibitors. Attendance at the 2013 MPF Convention topped out at 2,150 this year — an increase over last year and the highest it’s been in more than two decades. The show continued its expansion into two exhibit halls with 393
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