Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. announced today that Jayson Penn has been appointed as the company’s new president and CEO, succeeding Bill Lovette, who is retiring from the position effective immediately. Lovette will be available to provide strategic advisory services to the company through July 2020.

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As part of Tyson Foods’ ongoing efforts to address food insecurity in its communities, the company announced today $1.8 million in new hunger relief grants. Twenty Feeding America® member food banks and other community hunger relief agencies in 14 states were awarded grants to enhance access to nutritious food and combat hunger. The investments represent approximately five million pounds of food or the equivalent of 20 million servings.

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President Trump said on Wednesday that the U.S. will not immediately lift tariffs on $250 million worth of Chinese goods even if a trade deal between the U.S. and China is reached in the coming weeks.

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Midwestern farmers have been gambling they could ride out the U.S.-China trade wars by storing their corn and soybeans.  However, devastating floods across the Farm Belt have drastically changed that scenario.  Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and several other states have all been impacted.  Early estimates of lost crops and livestock are approaching $1 billion in Nebraska alone and more flooding is expected.

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A bill introduced in the Oklahoma legislature would limit damages in nuisance lawsuits against farmers.  The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill by an 8-3 vote. House bill 2373 would cap non economic damages, also called “pain and suffering” damages to $250,000 or three times the amount awarded for compensatory damages, or whichever amount is greater. The measure is now headed to the Senate Floor.

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The 2019 Chicken Marketing Summit, co-presented by the National Chicken Council and WATT Global Media, is scheduled July 21-23 at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina. Please note that Early Bird registration is currently open.

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USPOULTRY’s Poultry Processor Workshop will be held May 22-23, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual workshop keeps industry professionals informed on the latest technology, newest management techniques and current inspection issues to keep their plants running efficiently.

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The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, as the 2019 Ag Association Leader of the Year.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending March 23, 2019 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 166,107,000 broilers, a 5-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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