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U.S. food companies kept slaughter plants shut on Monday in southeastern states swamped by Hurricane Florence as catastrophic flooding killed nearly two million chickens, collapsed the walls of at least two hog manure pits, and made stretches of major roads impassable.Florence, which has dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm)…
Sanderson Farms, Inc. recently reported that it continues to assess damage to its North Carolina assets and live production infrastructure caused by Hurricane Florence. The Company is pleased to report that it has still received no report of serious injuries or loss of life among its employees and growers. However,…
Enterra — a privately held company specializing in the development and manufacture of sustainable insect-based feed ingredients for the fish, poultry and pet food industries — recently announced it has completed a major global funding round that will allow it to go ahead with the construction of three North American…
Several key members of Canada's emerging plant based food industry recently announced the formation of Plant-Based Foods of Canada (PBFA). This new industry organization is aimed at helping support the regulatory and market interests of plant food companies in Canada that make and market vegetarian products that are similar to…
A wealth of new innovations and strategies to help producers and their industry transition to the future will take the spotlight Oct. 10-11 at the second annual Alberta Livestock Expo in Lethbridge, Alta.The newly expanded Expo builds on a successful inaugural event by adding an additional day to the format…
The World Egg Organisation (WEO) recently announced the global egg industry’s pledge to work in partnership with the United Nations, to fulfil its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The UN’s SDGs represent a shared vision to eradicate poverty and social inequality, and to tackle climate change by 2030. A social contract between…
In light of the apparent progress in negotiations to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), La Coop fédérée recently reiterated that the Canadian supply management system should not be used as a bargaining chip in these negotiations. Agriculture is, in the same way as culture, an exception that…
President Donald Trump said the U.S. is pursuing a new trade accord with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement and called on Canada to join the deal soon or risk being left out.Trump announced the agreement with Mexico in a hastily arranged Oval Office event Monday with…
Perdue Farms Inc., one of the world’s biggest producers of organic chicken, wants to bring the premium meat to the masses.The Salisbury, Maryland-based company will convert its Simply Smart prepared chicken brand to organic later this year, chief marketing officer Eric Christianson said in an interview. The line, which includes…
Canada's agriculture and agri-food system contributes $110 billion to Canada's economy, with more than $64.6 billion in exports. Agriculture risk management is important to the sector – it helps stabilize farmers' incomes, strengthens farm businesses, and encourages growth in the agricultural sector. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, governments continue to…
A Greener World (AGW) the independent, nonprofit certifier and home of North America's farm certifications--Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW--is recognized as an industry leader in a recent higher animal welfare comparison chart released by Compassion In World Farming, a global…
Colleagues, friends and dignitaries recently gathered in Guelph at Alltech’s Canadian headquarters to celebrate the global animal nutrition company’s 30th anniversary operating in Canada. Founded in 1988 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech Canada has offices and representatives strategically located across the country. In 2016, Alltech acquired Masterfeeds and added a…
A team of investigators have isolated colistin-resistant Escherichia coli from a commercial poultry farm in China. Colistin is an antibiotic of last resort against certain bacteria. The research is published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.In the study, as part of ongoing surveillance, the researchers from Key Laboratory of…
Agricultural equipment dealers are working with Saskatchewan high schools to find a new generation of employees.Many of the 125 farm dealerships in the province have at least a couple openings for agricultural equipment technicians."Where dealers use to get people walking in the door looking for jobs, now they are having…
Residents in Crystal Lake, Sask., are upset about plans for a newly approved Hutterite-run chicken operation near Stenen.“Both the farming community and the lake community are all very frustrated with this whole thing,” said Wilson Olive, a resident of Crystal Lake.They are concerned about how the operation could impact the…

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