Mountaire Farms is the fourth-largest producer of chicken in the United States, with headquarters in Millsboro, Delaware. The company operates internationally, serving the United States and foreign markets as far away as Asia. Mountaire Farms has facilities in the states of Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia. The company has about 7,000 employees and plays a major part in the economy of Delaware.
What became Mountaire Farms was founded in Arkansas in 1914 by Guy Cameron, who started a local feed business. His son Ted Cameron built four feed mills in the 1950s to serve local growers. In 1959, the company started processing chickens, with Mountaire Poultry, Inc. incorporated in 1964. The company was incorporated as Mountaire Corporation in 1971. Ron Cameron, the son of Ted Cameron, became president and CEO of the company in 1975.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mountaire Farms, a top U.S. chicken company, is pressuring its contract farmers to oppose a Biden administration proposal aimed at improving their conditions because the company says it would ultimately reduce farmer pay, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and interviews with farmer advocates.
The privately owned chicken company, which says it is the nation's fourth-largest with around 1,100 contract farmers, distributed letters to its farmers detailing why they should oppose the proposed rule and provided them with form letters to submit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The rule, first proposed by the USDA in May as part of a broader effort to improve the conditions of contract farmers in the heavily consolidated U.S. meat industry, would require chicken companies to share more information about how contractor pay is calculated and provide details on the quality of inputs like feed and chicks that they provide to them.
In the letter received by Mountaire growers, the company argued that the rule would make poultry farming more expensive, give advantage to foreign competitors, and reduce the wages paid to growers by chicken processors, according to a copy of the document reviewed by Reuters.
New to the 2022-2023 officer corps is Bill Griffith, Chief Operations Officer at Peco Foods, who will serve as NCC Secretary-Treasurer. Bill has more than 25 years of management experience in the food industry and is known for his strong reputation for innovation, sustainability and quality. Prior to joining Peco, he worked for Keystone Foods U.S. where he served as President from 2016-2019 and also held roles of VP of Global Safety and Quality Assurance, and VP of Safety and Quality Assurance. In addition to nine years with Keystone, Bill had a successful tenure at Perdue Foods, overseeing food safety, quality and regulatory compliance. Preceding his time at Perdue, he was a microbiologist at Tyson Foods where he established a global reputation as an innovator in food safety technology. He holds two degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry. Bill resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with his wife Sonja. They have two children, Shrader and Will. To download a picture of Bill Griffith, click here.
The plant will have the capacity to harvest 1.4 million chickens each week, all grown locally by more than 100 family farmers. The company also owns and operates two hatcheries in Chatham County near Siler City. They also contract with dozens of local vendors for goods and service related to chicken processing.
Describing the consent decree as a \"sweetheart deal\" for the southern Delaware chicken company, attorneys from Delaware-based firm Baird Mandalas Brockstedt and Maryland-based Schochor, Federico and Staton stepped in.
Consumers have a right to know where they are spending their hard earned money, and what they are supporting. Instead of funneling money and energy into more humane treatment of animals, the animal ag industry uses all of its resources to prevent the public from seeing the truth. The truth which I have painfully witnessed, and lived through. A truth which I will relive every time I close my eyes at night.
Mountaire Farms owns and operates two hatcheries in Chatham county near Siler City and contracts with many local vendors of goods and services related to processing. At full capacity, the new plant will potentially harvest 1.4 million chickens a week from more than 100 local, family farms.
Local churches, non-profits and community organizations who are pre-registered for the event will be picking up boxes at several locations on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. All groups have been pre-registered and given instructions on how and where to pick up their assigned allotment. For information on walk up locations where boxes are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, visit mountaire.com.
Founded in 1914, Mountaire Farms is a fully integrated producer of branded and private-label chicken for U.S. and international consumer markets. The Delaware-based company has production operations in four states. In North Carolina, Mountaire Farms employs nearly 2,700 people across seven locations.
The Mountaire Farms feed mill project will also provide growth opportunities for local chicken producers and grain suppliers. Mountaire supports the poultry growing community and is a major purchaser of commodity grains including corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley.
Founded in 1914, Mountaire Farms is the fourth largest chicken producer in the United States. With operations in Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina and Arkansas, and products reaching markets regionally, nationally, and internationally, Mountaire continues to be a major player in the poultry industry.
\"This case serves as a reminder to employers that they must take appropriate action in response to complaints about discrimination,\" said Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC's Charlotte District Office. \"Employees must be free to complain about practices which they believe violate employment discrimination laws without fear of retribution. The EEOC will vigorously prosecute cases where unlawful retaliation occurs.\"
This study evaluated the effects of dietary anticoccidial drugs plus antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) on parameters of immunity in commercial broiler chickens. Day-old chicks were raised on used litter from a farm with endemic gangrenous dermatitis to simulate natural pathogen exposure and provided with diets containing decoquinate (DECX) or monensin (COBN) as anticoccidials plus bacitracin methylene disalicylate and roxarsone as AGPs. As a negative control, the chickens were fed with a non-supplemented diet. Immune parameters examined were concanavalin A (ConA)-stimulated spleen cell proliferation, intestine intraepithelial lymphocyte (IEL) and spleen cell subpopulations, and cytokine/chemokine mRNA levels in IELs and spleen cells. ConA-induced proliferation was decreased at 14 d post-hatch in DECX-treated chickens, and increased at 25 and 43 d in COBN-treated animals, compared with untreated controls. In DECX-treated birds, increased percentages of MHC2(+) and CD4(+) IELS were detected at 14 d, but decreased percentages of these cells were seen at 43 d, compared with untreated controls, while increased TCR2(+) IELs were evident at the latter time. Dietary COBN was associated with decreased fractions of MHC2(+) and CD4(+) IELs and reduced percentages of MHC2(+), BU1(+), and TCR1(+) spleen cells compared with controls. The levels of transcripts for interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-6, IL-17F, IL-13, CXCLi2, interferon-γ (IFN-γ), and transforming growth factorβ4 were elevated in IELs, and those for IL-13, IL-17D, CXCLi2, and IFN-γ were increased in spleen cells, of DECX- and/or COBN-treated chickens compared with untreated controls. By contrast, IL-2 and IL-12 mRNAs in IELs, and IL-4, IL-12, and IL-17F transcripts in spleen cells, were decreased in DECX- and/or COBN-treated chickens compared with controls. These results suggest that DECX or COBN, in combination with bacitracin and roxarsone, modulate the development of the chicken post-hatch immune system.
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