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February 20, 2015
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Outdated cholesterol warnings may be lifted in U.S.

Good news for eggs: the USDA is expected to alter it's guidelines on cholesterol after an advisory panel stated that cholesterol is no longer "considered a nutrient of concern for over-consumption." >> Read full article

"Sustainability” should be a factor in dietary guidelines: U.S. report

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) – an panel of experts tasked with developing recommendations about what Americans should eat – has submitted its report to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA), which will publish the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans later this year. One of the key recommendations is that consumers should take sustainability into account, eating less meat and more plant-based foods >> Read full article

Breakfast on the Farm to be held on Ontario poultry farm

Farm & Food Care Ontario is having its first Breakfast on the Farm event of 2015 on Saturday, June 6. This time, breakfast will be hosted at the Veldman Poultry and Grain near Embro – the home of Dan and Glynis Veldman and their four children. This is a third generation family farm that raises laying hens as well as veal calves and crops like corn, wheat and soybeans. >> Read full article

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Challenges of on-farm trials

Research is designed to further the poultry industry and ensure its long-term viability, and trials on commercial operations are important to meet those objectives. However, on-farm research trials require compromises on the part of the poultry producer. Risks that may have a negative impact on production or product quality are part of all research. Producers have to be aware of potential production and other risks that might result from a research trial on their farm and discuss how those risks will be managed with the researcher. >> Learn More…

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New coordinator will further Poultry Health Research Network goals

Dr. Ravi Kulkarni is the new co-ordinator for the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN). He will use his background and experience in academia and industry to further the PHRN’s objective of establishing a cross-disciplinary network of poultry researchers and health specialists. >> Read full article

Time to plan for 2015

An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist says now is the time to review operating plans, investment plans and cash requirements for the upcoming year in order to make strategic decisions and to prepare for discussions with business partners and operating creditors >> Read full article

Perdue Farms takes consumers inside its chicken houses

Perdue Farms has launched a new website,, to help consumers and other online audiences better understand one of the company’s programs for raising chickens. >> Read full article

 Event Calendar 

2015 Western Poultry Conference

February 23, 2015
Location: Red Deer, Alberta >> More Info

PIC Poultry Producer Update

February 25, 2015
Location: London, ON >> More Info

Western Farm Show

March 4-6, 2015
Location:Progress Building, Canada Building, West & East Annex & Agriplex, Western Fair District, London, ON >> More Info