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Chipotle and United Way to Raise Funds for Hurricane Florence Recovery on Sunday, September 30

Half of all sales on Sunday, Sept. 30 from Chipotle restaurants in North Carolina will go directly to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund

Chipotle Mexican Grill will donate half of all sales from its 60 North Carolina restaurants on Sunday, September 30 to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund. The fund will help local United Ways meet storm-related needs and support mid- to long-term recovery throughout the affected regions.

"Our communities – including our employees and our customers – across North Carolina are dealing with the destruction of Florence, and we want to do what we can to help rebuild," said Brian Niccol, Chipotle CEO. "Since the storm hit, we've fed volunteers, worked with our local suppliers to donate food, and...

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Sep 28 8:13 AM, General News



Pilgrim’s Teams Up with Kroger to Donate 750,000 Meals to Support Florence Recovery Efforts

GREELEY, Colo.- Pilgrim’s and Kroger today announced a joint partnership to support communities impacted by Hurricane Florence through a donation of 80,000 pounds of Just BARE chicken —Pilgrim’s brand committed to providing good food for more people.

The Pilgrim’s and Kroger teams are proud to lend their support to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. Partnering with Feeding America, the joint effort will distribute 750,000 meals to families and local communities in the Carolinas recovering from the natural disaster that made landfall on Sept. 14.

“It has been humbling to watch communities come together to support one another in this time of need,” said Felix Turner, Kroger Corporate Affairs Manager. “We are proud to...

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Sep 26 2:31 PM, General News


Smithfield Foods Supports Hurricane Florence Disaster-Relief Efforts in North Carolina

Company Provides 480,000 Servings of Protein to Feeding America Through Helping Hungry Homes® Initiative, Commits $100,000 to American Red Cross

SMITHFIELD, Va.-- Following historic flooding and devastation in North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is donating 480,000 servings of protein through its Helping Hungry Homes® initiative to two local food banks and has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support ongoing disaster-relief and recovery efforts in the state.

The company has mobilized their signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes®, to donate 120,000 pounds of protein, equivalent to 480,000 servings, to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina and Food Bank of ...

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Sep 21 1:58 PM, General News


USDA Assistance Available for Flood Damaged Ag Land

Columbia, S.C., — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responding to South Carolina farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality because of Hurricane Florence. Producers are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). USDA is holding a special signup through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for agricultural livestock mortality and carcass disposal. Signup is now available in Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, Marion, Horry, Kershaw and contiguous counties. The first signup period ends September 28, 2018. A second signup period will end on November 2, 2018.

Conservation practices also available through...

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Sep 21 2:51 AM, General News


Perdue Activates Carolinas Disaster Relief In Wake of Hurricane Florence

Delivering foods, meals and financial support to support recovery efforts

Salisbury, Md.— In response to historic flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Perdue Farms is sending truckloads of food and the Perdue Chicken Food Truck to the Carolinas, along with donations to local American Red Cross chapters, to help residents and recovery efforts in the communities impacted by this disaster.

“The losses endured by thousands of Carolinians, including many of our associates, farmers and their families, is heartbreaking. It hits close to home,” said Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms. “We hope our contributions will speed the recovery process in the region.”

Perdue is working with Feeding America® to deliver a half million pounds of food— the equivalent of 416,000 meals — to local member food banks in the Carolinas. Perdue ...

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Sep 21 2:18 AM, General News


North Carolina Pork Council Hurricane Florence Update

Five days after Hurricane Florence struck North Carolina, most of our 2,100 hog farms are returning to normal operations. For a small portion of farms, logistical challenges amid record levels of flooding continue as hog farmers and partner production companies are taking extraordinary steps to ensure animal care. In many cases, this means farmers have remained at the barns for days without access to the outside world because they are remaining with their animals. In others, farmers are accessing the barns by boat and, in a few cases, farmers and employees have shuttled to barns by helicopter to reach the animals. The size of the area impacted by the hurricane that involves our operations is across 14 counties, the total size of which is larger than the states of Massachusetts and Rhode ...

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Sep 20 7:44 AM, General News


Denny's Unveils New 'Mobile Relief Diner' In Time To Support Those Impacted By Hurricane Florence

Custom-built, 53-foot mobile kitchen will serve free hot breakfasts to those in need

Denny's has revealed an all-new, completely-customized Mobile Relief Diner, a 53-foot traveling kitchen which will visit areas impacted by natural disasters to serve free, freshly-cooked pancake breakfasts during a time of critical need. Denny's will immediately deliver upon the Mobile Relief Diner's mission with direct deployment to assist those affected by Hurricane Florence, helping feed local residents, first responders, volunteers and others.

The Mobile Relief Diner will head to the Carolinas this week following a recent test run in Northern California, where Denny's rolled-out the mobile kitchen to assist several communities affected by the record-breaking ...

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Sep 20 12:02 AM, General News


North Carolina Pork Council Statement on Hurricane Florence Sept. 18

In North Carolina, we raise about 8.9 million pigs on 2,100 farms. Our farmers took extraordinary measures in advance of this storm, including moving thousands of animals out of harm’s way as the hurricane approached.

The storm’s impact was felt deeply across a very large region, and the approximately 5,500 swine losses reported by the NCDA&S Emergency Programs and Veterinary Services divisions were the result of all aspects of the storm, including wind damage and flooding. We are saddened by this outcome.

We do not expect the losses to increase significantly, though floodwaters continue to rise in some locations ...

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Sep 19 7:46 AM, General News


Hog Processing Disruptions in SE Cause Backlog of About 280K Head

Catching up with the supply bubble created by Florence could take about 5 weeks

Disruptions in hog processing at Smithfield Foods' three plants located in North Carolina and Virginia caused by Hurricane Florence have led to a backlog in supplies of approximately 260,000 head so far and another 20,000 or so could be added to the total on Wednesday.

All three plants were closed Wednesday through Friday of last week, the Virginia plant reportedly worked a partial shift on Saturday and operated Monday. The two North Carolina plants, one of which is the largest in the world with a daily capacity of about 35,000 head, did not harvest hogs Monday or today. Industry sources say the company plans to resume operations on Wednesday but likely at a reduced pace.

Officials with Smithfield have said the plants were not damaged by the storm. However, flooding, loss of power, down trees and damaged roads, and clean up efforts across North Carolina have delayed or...

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Sep 18 12:08 PM, UB Newswires


North Carolina Pork Council Advisory on Hurricane Florence – Sept. 17 at 9 p.m.

The historic flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has continued to cause widespread impacts across eastern North Carolina, including affecting at least a dozen of our hog farms.

Significant efforts continue in order to provide feed and care for animals and to ensure safety for farm families and employees.

We are currently aware of the following impacts:

One lagoon breach occurred on a small farm in Duplin County. An on-site inspection showed that solids remained in the lagoon. The roof of an empty barn on the farm was also damaged. A photograph of the lagoon and barns, taken today, is ...

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Sep 18 7:51 AM, General News


Sanderson Farms, Inc. Provides Update on Hurricane Florence Damage

Sanderson Farms, Inc. today reported that the Company continues its assessment of damage to its North Carolina assets caused by Hurricane Florence. The Company is pleased to report that it has still received no report of serious injuries or loss of life among its employees and growers.

As earlier reported, the Company experienced no significant damage to either of its North Carolina processing facilities, feed mill or two hatcheries. The Company’s facilities located in the affected area maintained generator power until permanent electrical service was restored. The Company resumed operations at its feed mill located in Kinston, North Carolina, this morning. However, many roadways in North Carolina remain impassable, serious flooding continues, and local streams and rivers are expected to crest later this week. The Company will resume operations at its Kinston, North Carolina, processing plant on Tuesday, and at its ...

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Sep 18 7:49 AM, General News


PODCAST: Potential Pork Predicaments with Russell Barton

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Sep 18 2:11 AM, Urner Barry


North Carolina Pork Council Advisory on Hurricane Florence

September 16 at 9 p.m.: Hog farmers in North Carolina are watching with great concern the still-rising flood waters brought by the historic impact of Hurricane Florence. Efforts continue in affected areas to provide feed and care for animals, and fuel to power farms, while ensuring safety for our farm families and farm employees.

On-farm assessments and industry aerial surveys conducted today determined that flood waters have reached portions of our farms in at least three locations. We know that, in these same locations, animals were moved in advance of the storm or are continuing to receive attention from farmers. In many locations, trucks ...

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Sep 17 7:23 AM, General News


Sanderson Farms, Inc. Provides Update on North Carolina Operations

LAUREL, Miss.- Sanderson Farms, Inc. on Saturday provided an update on the status of the Company’s facilities in North Carolina following landfall of Hurricane Florence and the related severe weather and flooding in the region.

Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc., said, “We are pleased to report we have not received any news of injury or loss of life among our employees and growers in the North Carolina area affected by this devastating storm. We will continue to assess the situation related to our processing plant, hatchery and feed mill in Kinston, North Carolina, and our processing plant and hatchery located in St. Pauls and Lumberton, North Carolina. An initial assessment ...

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Sep 17 6:54 AM, General News


Hurricane Florence Poses Industry Complications, Dangerous Conditions

Evacuations have been ordered in parts of the southeastern United States today as Hurricane Florence picks up strength. The National Hurricane Center projects dangerous storm surge and flooding in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Carolinas and have the potential to spread inland and into Virginia as well.

CNN is reporting that state government offices, which includes schools and medical facilities, will be closed in 26 counties, impacting roughly one million people. Furthermore, the entire mid-Atlantic region is undergoing storm advisories and preparations.

From an industry perspective, there are a number of shock waves that ripple throughout the supply chain in a major weather event...

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Sep 13 1:56 AM, UB Newswires


Egg Industry Prepares for Hurricane Florence

A message from the American Egg Board Regarding a Hurricane Florence Response Plan

Dear members of the U.S. egg industry and friends,

As you may be aware, the Mid-Atlantic States are bracing for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm forecasted to make landfall this Thursday. The Carolinas are expected to be particularly hard-hit.

In accordance with our agreement last year, the AEB has been working closely with our disaster relief partner, Tyson Foods, to prepare for a potential crisis situation in the storm’s aftermath.

Based on current predictions, Tyson expects to deploy its Meals that Matter response team as the storm moves inland to manage on-site relief operations in affected  ...

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Sep 12 11:33 AM, General News


Smithfield Foods Prepares for Hurricane Florence

Storm Preparations Underway to Ensure Safety of People, Animals, and Property

SMITHFIELD, Va.,- Smithfield Foods, Inc. today shared that the company is fully prepared for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence, specifically in North Carolina and Virginia.

Smithfield has numerous operations, both plants and farms, and more than 14,000 employees across both states, and has enacted its hurricane preparedness procedures.

Employees in the company's eastern Virginia and North Carolina plants and on its approximately 250 company-owned farms and 1,500 contract farms are taking steps to protect people, animals, and buildings against wind and rain damage.

On its farms, the company has been closely monitoring and, as necessary, lowering lagoon levels in accordance...

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Sep 11 9:16 AM, General News




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