Updated 11:38 am CDT, Sunday, October 14, 2018 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The nation's largest producer of fresh eggs is buying a Texas egg producer. Cal-Maine Foods of Jackson, Mississippi, announced Wednesday that it would buy Featherland Egg Farms. Featherland has 600,000 egg-laying hens and a feed mill and other facilities near Marion, Texas, outside San Antonio. No price or other terms were announced. Cal-Maine says it expects to complete the purchase in coming weeks. Chairman and CEO Dolph Baker says Featherland was attractive in part because it's near other Cal-Maine facilities and major markets in south Texas. He says the acquisition will give Cal-Maine greater market reach. Cal-Maine has 42 egg-producing facilities in 15 states, mostly in the South and Texas. … [Read more...] about Nation’s largest egg producer buying Texas egg farm
The annual White House Easter Egg Roll — an event that has served to enhance LGBT visibility — is haphazardly coming together under President Trump, according to media reports, and will likely not include an LGBT presence. Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of the LGBT group American Military Partner Association, said her organization has been invited to partake in the celebration since 2012, but has “had no communication with the Trump administration whatsoever about this year’s event.” “As you can imagine we have many families that were hoping to attend this event, families from as far as North Carolina and New Jersey,” Broadway-Mack said. “As someone who attended the Easter Egg Roll with my own children, it’s extremely disappointing an invitation was not given to LGBT military families. This is such a wonderful experience for all children. I truly hope our families were not intentionally ignored. The Easter Egg Roll is about kids, … [Read more...] about Trump’s Easter Egg Roll a slapdash job; LGBT presence unlikely
By Bradley Miller | PUBLISHED: September 27, 2018 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: September 27, 2018 at 6:54 am At this very moment, millions of egg-laying hens are suffering in egg-factory cages throughout California. But wait. Didn’t voters overwhelmingly enact a ballot measure 10 years ago that outlawed those cages? Well, they sure thought they did. The measure was called Proposition 2. Voters were told, by both sides of the debate, that its passage would ban egg-industry cages statewide by 2015. Instead, the state’s egg industry merely invested in new cages and modified old ones. This reversal of voter intent was made possible by the refusal of Prop 2’s sponsor, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), to correct the measure’s obvious drafting errors prior to putting it on the ballot. Now, without so much as a passing mention that California was promised to be cage free by 2015, this scandal-ridden, Washington D.C.-based group has once again … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why Californians should reject ‘rotten egg’ initiative
Herbruck's Poultry Farm recently put up a sign on the former Hartung dairy farm near Mercersburg. (Photo: Herbruck's) (Mercersburg) -- Herbruck's Poultry Ranch says it's in the egg business for the long haul. The nation's 11th largest egg producer celebrates its 60th year with a major expansion on hold 500 miles from its home in Saranac, Mich. Herbruck's plan for what would be Franklin County's largest egg-laying operation is being challenged at the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. Thomas W. Renwand, chairman and chief judge of the board, recently decided against an early ruling in the case. His decision, at the very least, prolongs the approval process for a $90 million project in Montgomery Township. More than two years ago Herbruck's announced plans for eight poultry barns where 2.4 million cage-free hens would lay a billion organic eggs annually. The family-owned company appears to be following the advice of 19th-century tycoon Andrew Carnegie, who said "put all your eggs … [Read more...] about Environmental board challenges plans for huge midstate egg farmYou may also be interested in…
By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group June 29, 2018 at 9:53 am California voters in November will be given the chance to utter these inspirational words: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of caged breeding animals yearning to breathe free.” Nine years after voters passed Prop. 2, which enhanced the standards for raising hens and other animals by ensuring they have more space to move around, Californians will now have the opportunity to expand that effort, requiring egg-laying hens to be cage free. Under Prop. 2, the California Department of Food and Agriculture set a rule that each laying hen had to be given 116 square inches of space. Farmers, though, were able to do a workaround and continue to keep hens caged by putting fewer birds in each cage. The result: about one in three egg-laying birds are still confined in cages in California. If voters pass the cage-free ballot measure this fall, those … [Read more...] about Egg-laying hens, unite! You have nothing to lose but your cages!