Salmonella Testing at Roka BioScience

Jamie Johansen

Salmonella threshold testing was the hot topic in the Roka BioScience booth at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). I stopped by to talk with Ted Andrew, Director of Marketing and Product Development about their new approach to bacteria detection and other new opportunities they are offering the industry. “It’s a different way to look at pathogen testing. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biotech, IPPE, Poultry

The Novus Enzyme Portfolio

Jamie Johansen

Ajay Bhoyar is the Global Poultry Marketing Manager for Novus International and I got to chat with him during last week’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta. Enzymes were at the forefront of the Novus experience when you walked through their booth on the expo floor. Ajay talked about the importance of their presence at the event and …

Agribusiness, IPPE, Novus International, Nutrition, Poultry

Poultry Industry Urges Congress to Grant TPA

Cindy Zimmerman

As U-S trade representative Michael Froman appeared before congressional committees this week to stress the need for the president to be granted Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), poultry producers were talking trade issues in Atlanta at the IPPE. USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) President Jim Sumner says TPA is critical to getting major trade agreements with Asia and Europe …

Audio, IPPE, Poultry, Trade

Novus Strives for Solutions, Service & Sustainability

Jamie Johansen

Novus International’s CEO, Francois Fraudeau, has been in the drivers seat about a year now and I caught up with him in their booth at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA. Looking into the future, Francois hit on some very important strategic goals for the company. “The strategy for Novus will be to keep investing in …

Agribusiness, Animal Agriculture, IPPE, Novus International, Nutrition, Poultry

Iowa Poultry & Egg Industry Adds New Leader

Jamie Johansen

The Iowa Egg Council and Iowa Poultry Association have hired Randy Olson as executive director. Olson will navigate the state’s poultry and egg industry through a changing environment as it adjusts to new food safety standards and other requirements. “In a national search, Randy Olson rose to the top with his strong background in agriculture and vast array of experiences …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Eggs, Poultry

Tyson Urges FFA to Tell #MyAGStory

Cindy Zimmerman

At the 87th annual National FFA Convention last week, Tyson Foods was encouraging FFA members to share their stories via social media, using the hashtag #myAGstory. “So much of the population of America today has no idea what life on the farm is like, they don’t understand how their food’s made,” said Tyson Foods President and CEO Donnie Smith, who …

Audio, FFA, Poultry, Social Media

What the Heck is Certified Humane?

Cindy Zimmerman

This press release from PR Newswire caught my attention this morning – “What is a Certified Humane® turkey and where can you find one for this Thanksgiving?” Okay, I’ll bite – what is a certified humane turkey? According to the release from Certified Humane and Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC): A Certified Humane® turkey is a turkey raised on a …

Animal Activists, Food, Poultry

We Have Cluck’n Mooed

Chuck Zimmerman

After bringing Cluck’N Moo Burgers to your attention recently I got a chance to try them out on the grill. I had some apprehension based on the description but, hey, I’m willing to give something new a try. So, I thawed a box of four and Cindy and I tried them last night. I topped them with some seasoning before …

Beef, Food, Poultry

Would You Cluck’n Moo

Chuck Zimmerman

Cindy brought this to my attention. Cluck’n Moo Beef and Chicken Burgers. They say that their burgers are grass fed beef and chicken, humanely raised, antibiotic and hormone free and gluten free. Hmmm. That description is enough to make me not want to try them. But if you put enough ketchup, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato and onion on them it …

Beef, Food, Poultry