How is Tim Hortons Working With Egg Suppliers?

Tim Hortons has put together a series of videos to promote and highlight their efforts toward environmental and business sustainability. This video shares their commitment to their customers on animal welfare.

Dr. André Williamson - Cost of Increased Regulations on Animal Welfare to Producers and Consumers

Cost of Increased Regulations on Animal Welfare to Producers and Consumers - Dr. André Williamson, Vice President & Senior Consultant, Agralytica, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

Monitoring the Drought

Drought Monitoring This Drought Monitor resource helps people plan short term and long term planting resource needs, harvest, vacation, gardens, and other water focused activities.

PoultryCast 0296, Are Feed Prices Finally Settling Down?

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  • The moment we've been waiting for may finally be approaching.  Less pressure from ethanol demand, Catch up inventories with trend-line yields.  Bottom line - prices moderating albeit at higher levels than we'd like.  Purdue's Dr. Chris Hurt shares what's happening and why we should see a bit less volatility in the days to come.

PoultryCast 0295, Feeding Granulated Sulfur To Control Mites?

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  • Auburn University's Dr. Wallace Berry shared research at the International Poultry Scientific Forum which shows potential to control mites through feeding granulated sulfur.  However, in an even more promising outcome, the level of ammonia was also impacted.  

How Are Organic Sales Bucking the Trend?

organic poultry grows globally Going organic is a serious commitment that can pay off in global markets. While there has long been a general agriculture industry dismissal for organic production, it is what consumer want and will pay for it. Food distributors and processors are moving to serve that need on a large scale.
Despite the tough economic times, the organic market around the world is growing and going against the trend of generally falling sales, cuts and reduced expenditure.
Organic cannot be the only answer to agriculture production (read Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture) but it is an option to create strong value for producers. Farm operations that take the time to plan and understand the organic market and business model can be rewarded handsomely.

Expect More Public Review of Ag Operations

EPA and Poultry Hearing

Lewis Martin, West Pennboro Township in Cumberland County Pennsylvania, is proposing to build a 31,000 SF poultry barn located 1,645 feet from the Big Spring Creek watershed. In his National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit application, he proposes to disturb 8.24 acres to construct poultry houses on his property. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit application is required to address the project's erosion and sediment control and post-construction storm-water management.

"DEP [PA Dept of Environmental Protection] of has received numerous requests for a public hearing from citizens wanting to voice their concerns about the potential for runoff and disturbance to water sources from the poultry barns," DEP South-central Regional Director Rachel Diamond said. "Those comments are valuable to DEP and will be considered with final review of the permit application."

Of concern is the effect of the poultry operation on the Big Spring Creek watershed, which is a trout fishery and high-quality stream. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, to receive testimony.

White Paper: Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

White paper summary of the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

DDGs Raise Potential For Necrotic Enteritis?

DDG and necrotic enteritis
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Dr. Ken Macklin, Auburn University, provides an overview of his International Poultry Scientific Forum on the effect of DDGs on necrotic enteritis. Dr. Macklin seems to believe there is a relationship between the two.

Good Poultry Transport Air Quality?

Poultry Transport Air Quality
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Dr. Malcomb Mitchell, Scottish Ag College, talks about transportation configurations which ensure animal comfort, harvest quality, and tunnel ventilating your transport.
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