AdvancePierre to close plant, affecting 300 jobs

May 4, 2012

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — AdvancePierre Foods plans to close its Orange City, Iowa, meat processing plant by the end of the year, eliminating an estimated 300 jobs. Mayor Les Douma says the plant manager told him about the closing late Tuesday, May 1. Douma says the plant has “a great economic impact on the...

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AEB names new chairman

May 3, 2012
AEB names new chairman

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — The American Egg Board has appointed Chris Pierce, president of Heritage Poultry Management Services in Annville, Pa., its chairman for 2012-2013. Most recently, Pierce served as AEB’s secretary on the Executive Committee. He previously served as the chairman of the Consumer Marketing Committee. He also participates in AEB’s Speakers’ Bureau...

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Applications available for AFIA Feed Mill of the Year

May 3, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va. — Applications for the American Feed Industry Association’s 2012 Feed Mill of the Year award are now available. The program, which names a winner and a runner-up, recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations, emphasizing safety, quality, regulatory compliance, operating efficiencies and overall industry awareness of food safety. AFIA is again partnering...

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Texas A&M wins National Poultry Judging Contest

May 2, 2012
Texas A&M wins National Poultry Judging Contest

TUCKER, Ga. — Texas A&M University recently won the 65th U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest, held at Louisiana State University. This is Texas A&M’s fifth consecutive win, having won first place at the event every year since 2008. Jacob Price, a sophomore at Texas A&M, was announced high individual winner. Louisiana...

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Labor Dept. withdraws rule on child farm labor

May 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Labor Department has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have restricted child labor on farms. The rule would have banned children younger than 16 from using most power-driven farm equipment, including tractors, if they had not taken a training course. The proposal would also have prevented children younger than 18...

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Tyson expands Missouri poultry complex

May 1, 2012
Tyson expands Missouri poultry complex

SEDALIA, Mo. — Tyson Foods Inc. recently began work on a multi-million dollar improvement and expansion project at its poultry complex in Sedalia, Mo. The expansion will create as many as 200 additional jobs in the next two years. The complex currently employs about 1,450 people. Improvements will include state-of-the-art processes and technologies designed...

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