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Smithfield Foods Announces New Environmental Initiative “Smithfield Renewables”

Source: Smithfield Foods news release Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today the launch of Smithfield Renewables, a new platform within the organization that will unify, lead and accelerate the company’s industry-leading carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. Smithfield Renewables will ensure the company meets its environmental commitments including its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25

Steady pork exports to Mexico in August; China/Hong Kong rebounds

Pork exports to Mexico remained on pace for a sixth consecutive volume record in August, with volume up slightly from a year ago to 65,037 mt. Export value also increased slightly to $129.6 million. Through August, exports increased 18 percent in volume (522,227 mt) and 22 percent in value ($984.1 million). Exports to Japan, the

Illinois Pig Farmer Shares Perspective of Gene Editing on Animal Agriculture

    Science and ethics experts took part in a first-of-its-kind conference on the role of gene editing. CRISPRcon – a summit named for the genome editing technique creating Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) – brought together a diverse set of panelists to discuss this emerging technology. CRISPR technology allows for precise changes

Peoria Area Foodbank Receives 600 Pounds of Pork from Local Pig Farmer

    The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) recently gifted the Peoria Area Food Bank with 600 pounds of ground pork. Millions of Americans are living with food insecurity. But what is food insecurity? Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access,

Paul Fox Joins The Maschhoffs as Chief Operating Officer

Fox brings more than 20 years of operations leadership experience to The Maschhoffs. The Maschhoffs LLC announced today that Paul Fox has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Fox has more than 20 years of experience in operations leadership. Out of college, Fox joined Tyson Foods, Inc. as a management trainee. During his 17

Direct-Fed Microbial (CALSPORIN®) Mitigates Effects of PEDv Challenge in Nursery Pigs

Quality Technology International (QTI), Inc. announces publication of a major study on the beneficial effects of dietary CALSPORIN® in PEDv challenged, early-weaned nursery pigs at ISU’s Swine Medicine Education Center (SMEC) by Dr. Paisley Canning, Dr. Locke Karriker and co-workers.   The article appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of the Journal of Swine Health and

Turkey giant Butterball to exit pork business, cut 600 jobs

Butterball LLC, the Garner-based company best known for its turkey food products, announced to its 600 employees at its lone pork producing plant in Montgomery, Illinois, that it will be shutting the plant down in July. Butterball had acquired the plant in 2012 from Gusto Packing Co. for the purpose of expanding its processing capacity

NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Following today’s notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America.   The White House today officially notified the Senate

New Illinois pork producer conquers learning curve in first weeks

Source: Illinois Farmer Today ast year at this time, Carl Clark was a soybean and corn grower in eastern Illinois, just like his father had been. As of April, Clark is now also officially a pork producer. His grandfather had cattle and pigs, but livestock skipped his father’s generation. His father, John, said having asthma

Smithfield Foods Announces First Water Policy, Environmental Achievements

Source: Smithfield Foods news release Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced the release of the second installment of its 16th annual sustainability report. The Environment section highlights Smithfield’s environmental leadership in key areas, which includes continuing reductions in natural resource demand and the addition of many environmental projects improving business performance and supply chain efficiency. “As

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