Latest Poultry and egg production News

Family honors Foam Packaging co-founder’s notable creation

Oct. 18, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Jesse Davenport turned 90 on Oct. 5, and to help celebrate his birthday his family threw him a party that included a cake made to look like an 18-count egg carton. This may sound strange to most, but for Davenport, it was an appropriate design. Davenport was one of the founders of...

FILE - This April 28, 2020 file photo shows the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Cold Spring. Minn.  Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. government, Wednesday, Oct. 14,  over charges of price-fixing in the chicken industry. If a federal judge approves the agreement, Pilgrim’s Pride would pay a fine of $110.5 million as a penalty for restraining competition. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

Pilgrim's Pride reaches plea deal on chicken price-fixing

Oct. 14, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. government over charges of price-fixing in the chicken industry. Under the agreement, Pilgrim’s Pride would pay a fine of $110.5 million as a penalty for restraining competition in three separate contracts with a U.S. customer. In...

Children of deceased Tyson worker allege lax COVID-19 safety

Oct. 5, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The children of a Tyson Foods worker who died of the coronavirus in April have filed a lawsuit claiming his plant took few safety precautions before he and others became infected in Iowa's first major outbreak. Pedro Cano, 51, worked on the kill floor elbow-to-elbow with others at...

Lawmakers want to expand local meat processing capacity

Oct. 5, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of lawmakers from Maine and Nebraska wants to expand processing capacity for smaller producers of meat and poultry. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine and Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska said the Strengthening Local Processing Act would help smaller...

Illinois offers $5M in grants for meat and poultry producers

Oct. 4, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials have announced a $5 million grant program for Illinois meat and poultry producers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Livestock and poultry producers haven't been able to sell as much to processing plants, which have seen COVID-19-related closures. The grants...

Pawn shop owner Josh Davis works in his GCPawn shop in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Sept. 3, 2020. Pawn shops in Broward and Miami-Dade were among only a few types of businesses with increased sales during coronavirus pandemic. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

How the pandemic changed the way South Florida does business

Sep. 13, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It has been months since we all locked ourselves in our homes to escape the coronavirus, but it has become clear that we’ve learned a new way to live and work. Recently released sales tax data reveals the extent to which we were forced to change — as consumers and...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Sep. 8, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

Here are excerpts of editorials that appeared in newspapers around Illinois. September 4, 2020 Chicago Tribune Illinois after Michael Madigan We can’t say when it will happen or how. Maybe more Democratic officeholders — why, hello, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot — will work up...

Worker killed in accident at Georgia Tyson Foods plant

Sep. 4, 2020 3:43 AM EDT

VIENNA, Ga. (AP) — A 58-year-old man has died in an industrial accident at a Georgia poultry processing plant. The maintenance worker was killed at the loading dock of the Tyson Foods plant in Vienna on Thursday afternoon, Dooly County Coroner Ricky Hudson said. The employee was pronounced dead at the...

A marble urn that contains the cremated remains of security guard Luis Zamudio, who died from symptoms related to COVID-19 at the age of 58, sits on a shelf along with his helmet and his face shield at his home in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Latest: Australia adds 53 earlier dead to pandemic toll

Sep. 3, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australian authorities have added 53 deaths at nursing homes from earlier this year to the country’s total of coronavirus deaths. Those deaths plus six that officials reported Friday for the previous 24 hours raises Australia’s toll from the pandemic to 737. Victoria state...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, workers enter and leave the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Logansport, Ind. Tyson Foods is planning to open medical clinics at several of its U.S. plants to improve the health of workers at the same time it is under pressure to better protect them from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Tyson Foods to open medical clinics at some meat plants

Sep. 3, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tyson Foods is planning to open medical clinics at several of its U.S. plants to improve the health of its workers and better protect them from the coronavirus. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company, which processes about 20% of all beef, pork and chicken in the U.S., said its plan to...