Business/Policy
Canada is a leading producer of high-quality, safe agricultural and food products. Agriculture is a major contributor to Canada's economy, and the sector is expected to prosper throughout 2018.

A growing world population, the rise in disposable income in developing nations, and increasing trade in farm products present opportunities to further grow the Canadian agriculture sector, creating more jobs for the middle class.

Canadian exports of agriculture, agri-food, fish and seafood to all countries in 2017 rose to $64.6 billion, a $2 billion increase from 2016 exports.

Canada is the world's fifth highest total exporter (by value) of agricultural and food commodities. Maintaining and enhancing the strength of our exports is vital to achieving the Government of Canada's trade target of growing agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada recently released the 2018 Canadian Agricultural Outlook with analysis on the economic state of the agriculture and food sector. The Outlook report provides a forecast of farm income for 2017 and 2018, and looks ahead to longer-term trends that could impact the agriculture sector.

According to the report, Canada's producers are forecast to see record farm income levels in 2017 and near-record levels in 2018. Crop and livestock receipts are both set to increase in 2017 and 2018. Net cash income is forecast to reach a record level in 2017 and remain high in 2018. At the same time, continued growth in asset values is expected to raise average farm net worth to $3.16 million by 2018.

Budget 2018 takes the next steps towards building a gender equal, competitive, sustainable and fair Canada – where science and innovation spur economic growth.

Budget 2018 contains many initiatives that will build on the ambitious growth agenda for agriculture set out in Budget 2017, which included many significant ongoing investments to help our farm families and agri-food processors excel, including the $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial agricultural policy framework, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, $950 million Innovation Supercluster Initiative including the Protein Industries Supercluster, $1.26 billion Strategic Innovation Fund, $70 million for agricultural science, and $2 billion in rural infrastructure.

Together, these investments will build on the Government of Canada's strong agenda for agriculture and help ensure Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector remains a leader in job creation and innovation, and a continued engine of economic growth.

"Strong international demand for Canada's safe, high-quality agricultural products has helped make the sector a key driver of the economy. The Government of Canada is working hard to ensure farmers and the agriculture and food system as a whole, are prepared to meet global needs, helping to strengthen the middle class and keep Canada on the path to prosperity," said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Published in Farm Business
Many of you are aware that the Federal Government recently introduced tax legislation that affects farm business owners all over Canada.

Because of the rapid way in which things progressed, there is a lot of confusion as to what legislation was proposed, modified, or simply dropped altogether.

I have attempted to outline the “evolution” of these tax changes in this article, from early 2017 to where we are today.

I wish I could tell you that the tax changes create a better tax environment for business owners, but in my opinion the opposite is true – business owners now face more complexities and uncertainties then ever in managing their tax affairs and trying to comply with tax legislation.

On that positive note, let us start with a quick history lesson:

Background/Timeline
March 22, 2017 – Budget 2017
Finance signals its intention to address specific tax planning strategies employed by business owners.

July 18, 2017 – Finance releases the Proposals
Finance releases the consultation paper, and unexpected draft legislation and explanatory notes (“the Proposals”).

The Proposals target the following strategies:
  • Income splitting (“Income Splitting Proposals”): Income splitting is redirecting taxable income between the family so that the family “unit” pays the least amount of income tax. This includes allowing more than one family member to access the Enhanced Capital Gains Exemption (ECGE).
  • Private corporations investing in passive assets (“Passive Investment Proposals”): Canadian-controlled private corporations carrying on an active business in Canada (which includes farming) have the ability to pay a low rate of tax on the first $500,000 of corporate business profits. Corporations can invest the after-tax business profits in rental property, stocks, bonds, etc., and delay triggering personal tax until some later date.
  • Surplus stripping (“Surplus Stripping Proposals”): Converting what would otherwise be a taxable dividend from a company to a capital gain, which are currently taxed at lower rates.
July 19, 2017 – October 2, 2017 – Reaction to the Proposals
Outrage within the business and tax community ensues.

The business and tax community identify a significant number of issues with the Proposals, including but not limited to:
Income Splitting Proposals:
  • Too complicated for business owners, let alone professional tax advisors, to understand, increasing tax compliance costs.
  • Significant concern that the Proposals will result in CRA challenges to what should be a relatively simple business decision, i.e. how much can I pay my family members and myself.
  • The cost of incorrectly applying these rules is significant – income is taxed at the highest marginal tax rate for the province of residency. In Ontario, this can be as high as 54%.
  • Farmers and their family members may not be able to access their ECGE.
Passive Investment Proposals:
  • Business owners will pay extremely high rates of tax on investment income earned in a corporation and paid out to the owner as a dividend. In some cases, the rate of tax could be as high as 73%. The sale of land or quota within a corporation, or the rental of land owned by a corporation, is treated as investment income, which would specifically affect farmers.
Surplus Stripping Proposals:
  • Estates could face significantly larger tax burdens if a business owner passes away.
  • Tax costs to transition incorporated businesses to the next generation increase significantly, providing a tax incentive to sell the business “outside” the family.
October 16, 2017 – October 19, 2017 – Finance Takes a Step Back
Finance makes a number of significant announcements regarding the Proposals:
  • October 16, 2017: Finance announces it intends to proceed with the Income Splitting Proposals, however
    • They intend to simplify them; and
    • Restrictions on the ECGE will be dropped altogether.
  • October 16, 2017: Finance announces it will reduce the small business tax rate to 10% effective January 1, 2018 and to 9% effective January 1, 2019. This affects CCPC’s carrying on an active business in Canada. This announcement is a surprise, albeit a welcome one.
  • October 18, 2017: Finance announces it intends to proceed with the Passive Investment Proposals, however current investments will be “protected” from the new rules, as well as corporations earning less than $50,000 of investment income in any given year.
  • October 19, 2017: Finance announces it is going to drop the Surplus Stripping Proposals altogether.
December 13, 2017 – Finance releases “Version 2” of the Income Splitting Proposals
The revised Income Splitting Proposals are simplified, and a number of exclusions to the rules are introduced.
The Income Splitting Proposals are to be effective January 1, 2018.

February 27, 2018 – Budget 2018
Finance releases draft legislation regarding the Passive Investment Proposals.
These rules are simpler and less complicated compared to what Finance was originally proposing.

March 27, 2018 – Bill C74 – Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1 (March 27, 2018)
“Version 3” of the Income Splitting Proposals as well as the Passive Investment Proposals are introduced in this Bill.

Where are We Now?
Income Splitting Proposals
We are in a completely different world now when it comes to income splitting.

A family business carried on through a corporation, partnership, or trust must consider the new rules when any family member is paid from that business.

Generally speaking, if you pay a family member income from a family business, that income will attract the highest marginal tax rate for your province. This concept is known as “tax on split income,” or TOSI.

Thankfully, there are exceptions to the TOSI rules. Some of the more notable ones are as follows:
  • TOSI does not apply to a wage or salary – which have always been subject to a “reasonability” requirement;
  • TOSI does not apply to income from an “excluded business” – this exception looks at the level of involvement of the family member in the business, both in the current year and throughout the history of the business;
  • TOSI does not apply to income from “excluded shares” – this exception is only relevant for incorporated businesses, and looks at the nature of the business being carried on in the company, the source of its income, as well as the type and number of shares owned; and
  • TOSI does not apply to a capital gain from the disposition of “qualified farm property,” which can include shares of a family farm corporation, however you still have to be careful if a minor shareholder is involved.
There are other exceptions to TOSI as well which might be relevant for your situation.

Passive Investment Proposals
Effective January 1, 2019, if a corporation earns in excess of $50,000 of investment income in the prior year, access to the low small business tax rate in the next year is affected.

This will apply to the corporation earning the investment income, as well as any other corporations “associated” with that corporation (essentially a group of corporations with common control/shareholders).

“Investment income” will not include the sale of assets that are used in an active business, such as farmland or quota.

Next Steps
Consult with your tax advisor immediately to:
  • Determine the impact of the Income Splitting Proposals on the current business structure/remuneration plan for family members;
  • Consider the impact of the Passive Investment Proposals and whether access to the low small business tax rate is affected, assuming your business is incorporated; and
  • Determine whether any planning or restructuring is required because of these new rules.
In the meantime, we anxiously await more direction from Finance and CRA on many of the issues, uncertainties, and complexities relating to the legislation in its current form.
Published in Farm Business
How time flies – it’s been a year since two major fast food chains introduced all-day breakfast (ADB) in Canada.
Published in Emerging Trends
Canada's agriculture and food system is a leading producer of high-quality, safe products and a key driver of the country's economic growth. The Government of Canada understands the importance of this sector in creating good, middle-class jobs, while growing the economy, and is committed to working with farmers, ranchers and processors to ensure its continued innovation, growth and prosperity.

April 1st marked the official launch of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a progressive $3-billion commitment that will help chart the course for government investments in the sector over the next five years.

The Partnership aims to continue to help the sector grow trade, advance innovation while maintaining and strengthening public confidence in the food system, and increase its diversity.

Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments have been working collaboratively since 2016 to develop the next agricultural policy framework, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. FPT governments consulted with a wide range of stakeholders, including producers, processors, indigenous communities, women, youth, and small and emerging sectors to ensure the Partnership was focused on the issues that matter most to them.

In addition, under the Partnership, business risk management (BRM) programs will continue to help producers manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage.

Ministers of Agriculture will convene in Vancouver this July for the Annual Meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture.

"I am incredibly proud to announce that the Canadian Agricultural Partnership has officially launched and all that it promises for our great sector. Our goal is to help Canadian farmers, ranchers and processors compete successfully in markets at home and around the globe, through this strong collaboration between provincial, territorial and federal governments," said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Published in Farm Business
After a soft launch in late 2017, Marketplace-E is being introduced by Ritchie Bros. as its latest buying and selling solution.

Complementing the company's onsite unreserved auctions and online-only auctions through IronPlanet, Marketplace-E offers sellers increased control over price, location, and timing, while providing buyers access to more equipment available to purchase right away.

"With the launch of Marketplace-E we can now serve customers as a true one-stop shop, with a complete suite of selling solutions to meet every need," said Ravi Saligram, CEO of Ritchie Bros. "We have many customers who, for a variety of reasons, need more control over the selling price and process of their assets. With Marketplace-E they will get the control they need while still benefiting from Ritchie Bros.' marketing and expansive global buyer network."

Ravi continued, "Marketplace-E will also open up new customer opportunities for Ritchie Bros. In our quest to lead the industry in innovation; we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the asset disposition experience. Developing a sleek, user-friendly digital platform expands the options available to OEMs, dealers, brokers and end users."

How Marketplace-E works – three selling options:
  • Make Offer: List equipment online and let potential buyers submit offers, then negotiate with potential buyers to reach an agreement.
  • Buy Now: List equipment online at a fixed, buy-it-now price; like a basic ecommerce transaction. Once the item is purchased, the listing is closed.
  • Reserve Price: An online listing with a minimum/reserve price. The item will not sell until the reserve is met. The seller minimum is protected, but the potential highest selling price is not capped.
The selling process is also aided by an inside sales team dedicated to facilitating offline negotiations between interested buyers and sellers.

For more information about Marketplace-E, visit: ironplanet.com/Marketplace-E.
Published in News
Canada's hardworking farmers are the backbone of Canada's economy, particularly in rural communities, and ensure families across Canada, and around the world, have safe, high-quality food on their tables. The Canadian turkey industry is a vital part of the Canadian poultry sector, producing turkey products worth $412 million a year and a pillar for growth, job creation and innovation across the country.

Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced at the National Poultry Show in London an investment of almost $240,000 to the Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC) to assist producers in meeting the highest animal welfare, biosecurity and food safety standards.

TFC received $98,235 to conduct the final government recognition stages of its On-Farm Food Safety Program that will help enhance the credibility of production practices with buyers, stakeholders and consumers.

An additional $141,200 was provided to amend TFC's current Flock Care Program which enables the turkey industry to demonstrate adherence to national standards for animal welfare, and provides buyers and consumers with the assurance that all animal welfare standards are met and up to date.

"We appreciate the government investment in agriculture. Canadian turkey farmers will use it to continue earning and keeping public trust. More consumers than ever want to know where the food they eat has been produced. We want to continue building their confidence in our great Canadian product. That's why this government investment is important. TFC's On-Farm Food Safety and Flock Care Programs are continuously updated and improved, demonstrating our commitment to ensuring the proper care of our birds and providing safe, high quality food for Canadians," said Darren Ference, Chair of Turkey Farmers of Canada.
Published in News
Canada's poultry and egg producers are key contributors to the Canadian economy, generating $4.2 billion in farm cash receipts. The Government of Canada is committed to working with industry partners in developing new risk management tools that help farmers manage risk.

Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos, on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, was at the National Poultry Show in London to announce investments of nearly $2 million to help Canadian poultry producers manage risks.

These investments went to various projects that develop new insurance tools to protect poultry and egg producers against the financial impact of an outbreak of a poultry disease such as Avian Influenza.

Projects include:
  • $659,750 for L'Équipe québécoise de contrôle des maladies avicoles to develop an insurance-based compensation plan for Quebec poultry producers to cover certain costs related to six diseases, including Avian influenza, during an outbreak.
  • $378,250 for the Canadian Egg Industry Reciprocal Alliance to develop an Avian influenza insurance for Canadian regulated egg supply chain producers and a Salmonella enteritidis insurance for Quebec broiler breeders hatching egg producers.
  • $473,700 for Chicken Farmers of Ontario to develop enhanced biosecurity operating procedures during a poultry disease outbreak, and to implement an Avian influenza insurance to compensate chicken and turkey producers in Ontario for losses resulting from a disease outbreak.
  • $318,500 for the Poultry Insurance Exchange Reciprocal of Canada to develop an Avian influenza insurance for Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan hatching egg producers and Ontario table egg producers.
"Every poultry farmer knows how devastating an outbreak can be on their operations and their bottom lines. Our government is pleased to work with poultry organizations across Canada to ensure that farmers have the proper tools in place to manage those financial risks. These investments will support a stronger agriculture sector and the well-paid middle class jobs it provides," said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food.
Published in News
Recognizing that Canadians are eating more chicken than ever before and continue to look for new, innovative products to meet their needs, Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) today launched the Ontario Chicken Innovation and Growth Program to accelerate consumer-facing product innovation and stimulate growth in the Ontario chicken industry.

"This program is the first of its kind in our industry. Our goal is simple: Put new, innovative Ontario chicken products on the plates of consumers and enhance economic activity in Ontario," said Rob Dougans, president and CEO, Chicken Farmers of Ontario. "We are excited to see new innovations come to market through this Program and to see our industry – farmers, processors, retailers, restaurant and foodservice operators working together – continue their long history of collaboration to grow the market for chicken products."

Chicken has been the first choice of Canadians at home and in restaurants for more than a decade and during that time the industry has adapted, addressing the growing need for locally grown food, convenient meal options and greater interest in healthy eating. Through this Program, top consumer-facing innovations will be recognized and an additional supply of chicken will be allocated to enable the innovation and accelerate growth.

"Ontario is home to the largest chicken farming, processor and consumer base in Canada making it an excellent place to bring new products to the market," said Michael Burrows, chair, Association of Ontario Chicken Processors. "This program is an excellent opportunity for all of us to look at innovations in development and accelerate their market entry."

All companies involved in the processing, marketing and sale of chicken products including primary processors, further processors, retailers, foodservice and restaurant companies are encouraged to apply at www.chickeninnovation.ca.

Applicants that are not primary processors must include a primary processor as part of their application to enable the allocation. Innovations must be designed for consumers, be the first of their kind in Canada and use chicken grown and fully processed in Ontario.

Eligible applications will be reviewed by an Independent Advisory Committee of experts who are also responsible for overseeing the program. The Committee is chaired by the Honourable Douglas Cunningham, a former judge of the Superior Court of Ontario, and includes three experts in consumer packaged goods, business, marketing and the chicken industry: Paul Borg, Steve Dowbiggin and Mary Beth Williamson.

"This program is all about accelerating innovative products that meet consumer needs. Therefore, we're looking for products that have some track record – piloted or introduced to the market in the last 18 months so that historical sales data can be part of the application," said Mr. Cunningham. "And, because applications are scored on their own merits, there is the opportunity for multiple innovations to be recognized."

In addition to at least six months of historical sales data, each application must include a description of the innovation, forecasted sales data, market research and a marketing plan. The Advisory Committee will assess each application and recommend the highest scoring applicants to CFO for final approval.

Applications are now available online at www.chickeninnovation.ca, where interested companies can also find out more about the program. The application deadline is July 13, 2018.
Published in News
Poultry groups have called it a giveaway, failure and deeply concerning. The reviews are in for the latest version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. They aren’t good.
Published in Trade
Canadian farmers are important drivers of the Canadian economy, and also make important contributions in the fight against climate change by adopting sustainable technologies and practices. Clean technology permits farmers to undertake efficient uses of energy and the production of renewable energy, while contributing to the protection of the soil, water and air.

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the research, development, demonstration and adoption of clean technologies, because they create good jobs for Canadians and help meet Canada's climate change goals.

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, recently visited an innovative farm in St-Eugene, Ont., to announce the Agricultural Clean Technology Program. This $25 million, three-year investment will help the agricultural sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the development and adoption of clean technologies.

Provinces and territories are eligible to apply for federal funding through this program, and are encouraged to work with industry on projects that focus on precision agriculture and/or bioproducts.

"This investment will help Canadian farmers stay on the cutting edge of clean technology by targeting developments in bioproducts and precision agriculture. Our government has made both agriculture and clean technology a priority for growth in our economy. This new program will contribute to Canada's place as a world leader in agricultural clean technology, helping farmers to develop new and efficient uses of energy, while also protecting our environmental resources and mitigating climate change," said Minister MacAulay.

The Agricultural Clean Technology Program is part of the Government of Canada's suite of clean technology programs and initiatives announced in Budget 2017.

The program will launch on April 1, 2018, and a program guide will be available in the coming weeks.
Published in News
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the leading international non profit certification program improving the lives of farm animals in food production, announced recently that the Certified Humane program has recently expanded into Argentina and Australia. Argentina and Australia rank among the largest food producers in the world.

Ovobrand Eggs in Argentina, and Cape Grim Beef in Australia, are among the newest producers and farmers to join the Certified Humane program – a program which requires farmers to adhere to HFAC's Animal Care Standards and be willing to submit to third-party inspections to confirm compliance for consumers.

Among other things, HFAC's Animal Care Standards requires that farm animals be fed nutritious diets without antibiotics, hormones, and animal by-products, and receive proper shelter, resting areas, and sufficient space to support natural behaviors.

"Just like every other animal, cows, farm animals deserve to have their emotional, mental and physical needs met and be kept in a way that allows them to express natural behaviors throughout their lives," says Adele Douglass, executive director of HFAC.

HFAC works to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices. When consumers buy Certified Humane Raised and Handled food, they are recognizing farmers for raising their animals humanely.

Consumers can download the free Certified Humane® app to find Certified Humane products, which are currently available in 32,000 stores in eight countries – the U.S., Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, and Peru.

Since HFAC launched in May 2003, more than 172 companies, representing 6,000 farms and 835 million farm animals, have joined the Certified Humane program.

Endorsed by 67 humane organizations, the Certified Humane Raised and Handled program is considered the "Gold Standard" for certifying farm animal welfare, from birth through slaughter.

For more information on HFAC and the Certified Humane label, visit www.certifiedhumanebrasil.org or www.certifiedhumanelatino.org.
Published in News
The chicken industry, along with foodservice and retail, has been in the sights of vegan activists. Their mission, it seems, is to misinform and manipulate Canadians about how we do our work.
Published in Consumer Issues
Last year the industry saw an irksome trend endure. Global food companies, in response to pressure from deceptive activist groups, continued to roll out different poultry welfare policies.
Published in Consumer Issues
Begin with the end in mind. This simple leadership mantra captures the essence of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) research on understanding Canadians’ expectations regarding trust and transparency in our food and how it’s produced. Before investing millions in changing farm and food production practices or in efforts to communicate with the public, it’s important to have a solid understanding of public perceptions and concerns. To be most effective, this investment should be part of a long-term game plan with proactive, collaborative thinking.  
Published in Consumer Issues
As it marks its 75th year in business, family-owned and operated Sargent Farms is investing $10 million to enhance and retrofit its halal chicken processing facility in Milton.

The upgrade project, scheduled to begin this spring, will ensure the third-generation business will continue to deliver the highest quality, fresh products to a growing base of loyal customers in the retail, food service and restaurant sectors for decades to come.

“Milton has been an important part of our history and our home base for three quarters of a century,” says Bob Sargent, Vice President of Sargent Farms. “We’re committed to making the investments needed to continue growing our operation, provide our customers the best possible products and help make our community a great place to live and work.”

The footprint of Sargent Farms’ processing plant in Milton’s downtown core will remain the same, but all processing equipment inside the facility will be replaced with the latest, state-of-the-art technology. The retrofit will be carried out in stages over three years, primarily during off hours, allowing the plant to continue operating throughout the project.

Sargent Farms, which produces 100% Halal chicken processed by hand, has experienced significant growth over the past decade, driven in part by two retail stores it recently opened in Milton and Mississauga.

The new processing equipment will increase the plant’s efficiency, allowing it to satisfy growing consumer demand by processing more chicken in a shorter amount of time. Greater efficiency will also contribute to the processing plant’s overall profitability, increasing stability for its workforce of almost 300 employees.

Among other benefits, the project will help Sargent Farms continue to enhance its animal care standards and diversify its line of top-quality, local chicken products.

This latest upgrade for the Milton plant follows an investment of approximately $4 million in 2014.

“It’s important to us to continue to build on our long-standing reputation as a progressive and innovative processor. The investments we’ve made in recent years and will continue to make in this project will help us make good on that commitment,” says Kevin Thompson, CEO of Sargent Farms.

In addition to its Milton headquarters and processing operation, Sargent Farms also operates a further processing facility in Mississauga.
Published in News
Bluestar Adisseo Company recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of global feed additives producer Nutriad. This transaction is part of Adisseo's strategy to become one of the worldwide leaders of specialty additives in animal nutrition.

"We are pleased to have quickly brought the Nutriad acquisition to completion and excited to welcome Nutriad talents in the Adisseo team. This complementary combination supports our strategy for accelerating growth of our specialty products business. Together, we will set up an efficient organization which should allow us to strengthen our global product portfolio's competitiveness and its overall efficiency" said Adisseo CEO Jean-Marc Dublanc.

Nutriad CEO Erik Visser added, "The announcement of the acquisition of Nutriad by Adisseo has been met with overwhelming enthusiasm by our customers, suppliers, distribution partners and employees across the world. Now that we have confirmed the completion of the transaction, the Adisseo and Nutriad teams will jointly work with full energy and passion on the integration, committed to bringing further value adding solutions to the market."

Nutriad's product range, the species addressed (poultry, swine, aquaculture, dairy and cattle), and its customers are highly complementary to Adisseo's and will allow the combined business to implement integrated solutions and offer even more value to customers.

A joint Adisseo/Nutriad project group has been set up and is already working on identifying and implementing the synergies.
Published in News
In a new initiative, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) is launching a new public advisory panel.

The College is currently seeking applications from members of the non-veterinary public to fill 10 positions on a panel. CVO says this is an opportunity for those who own animals or are involved in the animal sector, to contribute to the development of veterinary policy and support the College's mandate in serving the public interest in Ontario.

For more information, visit: http://cvo.informz.ca/z/cjUucD9taT05MjY0MzEmcD0xJnU9OTIwODc2MDkxJmxpPTEwMDY4NzIz/index.html

Published in News
The idea now is to build on that push and establish McDonald’s as a top-tier chicken restaurant — rather than just a burger joint.

Decades after adding chicken sandwiches to its menu, the Golden Arches has made becoming a “credible chicken player” one of its top priorities, according to internal McDonald’s documents reviewed by Bloomberg News.

McDonald’s has already taken steps to elevate its poultry, which was long seen as a serviceable if uninspiring part of the menu. It’s vowed to stop serving chicken with antibiotics and removed artificial preservatives from nuggets. The chain also rolled out Southern-style sandwiches and tenders, which are coated in a crispy buttermilk breading similar to Chick-fil-A. For the full story, click here
Published in News
Maple Leaf Foods recently announced the closing of its acquisition of Field Roast Grain Meat Co., a leading manufacturer and brand of premium grain-based 'meat' and vegan cheese products, for USD$120 million plus related costs.

Field Roast has established a leadership position and considerable brand equity in the rapidly growing premium segment of plant-based protein. This acquisition advances Maple Leaf's vision to be the most sustainable protein company on earth, including a core strategy to diversify into plant-based protein. With the acquisition of Field Roast, along with Lightlife Foods acquired in early 2017, Maple Leaf is now positioned as a leader in the U.S. retail market for plant-based proteins.

The transaction was financed from a combination of cash on hand and drawings under the existing credit facility. Based on current operating results, the acquisition is expected to be accretive to Maple Leaf's earnings in 2018.
Published in News
“There are some diseases that we can live with, but not Avian Influenza. It is a great danger for our livelihoods and our industries,” said Dr. Travis Schaal, GGP/GP and technical manager for Hy-Line International, during the Defend the Flock: Biosecurity Basics for Poultry & Egg Producers program, held at the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo.

Schaal discussed his company’s view on biosecurity, which encompasses four areas: conceptual, structural, operational and cultural. He emphasized the National Poultry Improvement Plan’s 14 points to enforce biosecurity and expressed the importance of farmers committing to these robust standards.

He summarized by stating that culture takes time and repetition; rules must be complied top down in order to have bottom up involvement; rules must be practical and effective, not complicated; and to educate at every opportunity.

Dr. Ben Wileman, director of global technical services for Select Genetics, observed that a big challenge for turkey biosecurity involved people travelling globally on vacations, mission trips or family visits. He remarked that these trips may have an impact on farm animals because pathogens are carried from one place to another.

Wileman posed the question, “How do you balance independence with not negatively affecting billions of dollars of trade?” He answered by stating that you need to balance trade with national biosecurity through veterinary inspections, CODEX, OIE and USDA AMS, among other organizations.

“Human nature is to take easy routes, which is why biosecurity needs to be fairly simple for people to do,” Wileman remarked. He pointed out that turkeys live longer than breeders and therefore have more risk, especially during their peak growth. Wileman highlighted 14 biosecurity points that every farm should take into consideration, including biosecurity responsibility, training, perimeter buffer areas, and auditing, among others.
Published in Biosecurity
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