Grower Recognized by Tennessee Poultry Association
Oct 24th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

image002A Tyson Foods TEAM Member and grower family were recently recognized by the Tennessee Poultry Association (TPA) for their achievements.

Growers Bobby and Lori Berner received this year’s honor as the 2016 TPA Farm Family of the Year. Berner Farms was established in 1997 and started out with four broiler houses for our company in Obion County. The farm added two more houses in 2004.

The family has been proactive with their conservation practices at the farm by reducing the temperature variance in their houses that reduced their propane costs and carbon footprint.

“The Berner’s have been a part of our Tyson Foods Obion County Complex family since the beginning. They are a very agricultural-based family, who instill a great work ethic,” says Shane Joyner, live production manager at our Obion County Complex. “They are pillars of the poultry industry in our area and do a great job of being stewards of the environment.”

Shane was also recognized for his hard work and named the 2016 Workhorse of the Year by the TPA.

Shane joined the TPA Board last year as the secretary/treasurer and helped to bring in new sponsors, allied members and auction items for fundraisers.

Beyond organizing grower meetings and speakers, Shane has been active in agriculture outreach at universities. Shane helped promote poultry industry opportunities for students at the University of Tennessee at Martin and helped plan for the proposed broiler research house at Tennessee Tech University.

Tyson Foods Sustainability Report
Jul 19th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

At Tyson Foods, our passion and our purpose is to make great food and make a difference. We recognize sustainability touches every aspect of our company and our operations. We strive to do what’s right for our communities, team members, consumers, customers, the planet, and our shareholders. Click here for more information and to read the complete Tyson Foods Sustainability Report.

Tyson Foods Makes Progress with Responsible Antibiotic Reduction
Apr 24th, 2015 by Grow With Tyson

Reducing Antibiotic Use

  • Antibiotic resistant infections are a global health concern. We want to do our part to responsibly reduce the use of antibiotics on the farm so these medicines can continue working when they’re needed to treat illness.
  • We’re making progress in our chicken business, where we own the birds. We’ve reduced the use of human antibiotics on our U.S. broiler* chicken farms by more than 80% since 2011.
  • We stopped the use of all antibiotics in our U.S. broiler hatcheries last fall.
  • Only a very small percentage of our broiler chicken flocks are treated with human antibiotics today.
  • We only give our birds antibiotics when prescribed by a veterinarian.
  • Our chicken operations do not use antibiotics for growth promotion.
  • The antibiotics most commonly used for farm animals (e.g. ionophores) are not used in people in at all.
  • We’re committed to keeping our birds healthy. We will treat them if they’re sick, but we’re trying to reduce need for human antibiotics on our farms.

Committed to Food Safety

  • We’re confident our meat and poultry products are safe. When antibiotics are used in livestock and poultry, strict withdrawal periods must be followed before the animals are processed for food. In addition, the USDA regularly tests meat and poultry for antibiotic residues. 

Offering “No Antibiotics Ever” Products

  • We offer consumers the option of beef and chicken from animals that have been raised without antibiotics.
  • We don’t call it “antibiotic free.” The correct term for farm animals that have been raised with no antibiotics of any kind is “No Antibiotics Ever,” or “NAE.”
  • Tyson Foods produces “NAE” chicken under the NatureRaised Farms® brand, sold in retail outlets.
  • Tyson Fresh Meats produces “NAE” beef under the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef® brand, sold in retail outlets.

*Broilers are chickens raised for meat

AgChat Conference in Portland January 30-31
Dec 18th, 2013 by Grow With Tyson

The deadline is rapidly approaching for the AgChat Northwest Regional Conference  Jan. 30-31 in Portland, Oregon. Are you an active user on social media and interested in attending? Let us know!

Tyson Foods Announces New Audit Program to Help Ensure Responsible On Farm Treatment of Animals
Oct 12th, 2012 by Grow With Tyson

If you have not already, you should be receiving a letter about this new program:

October 12, 2012 – Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE: TSN) the nation’s leading producer of meat and poultry, today announced it is launching a program to personally audit the treatment of animals at the livestock and poultry farms that supply the company. The effort is in line with the company’s core value to serve as a steward of the animals entrusted to it.

via Tyson: Tyson Foods Announces New Audit Program to Help Ensure Responsible On Farm Treatment of Animals.

Shelbyville, Tenn., Retirement Recognition and Awards
Jan 10th, 2012 by Grow With Tyson

Wendell and Betty Smith retire after 20 years

Back Row L to R: Wally Taylor, Complex Mgr, Roger Wood, Building Coordinator, Tom McCue, Live Production Mgr, Kenny Brown, Tech Advisor, Marshall Miller, Tech Advisor, Thad Smith, Tech Advisor, Larry Hornaday, Tech Advisor, Pete Collins, Tech Advisor. Front Row L to R: Wendell Smith, Broiler Grower, Matt Hill, Broiler Mgr, Betty Smith, Broiler Grower, and Robbie Steelman, Tech Advisor

“We have enjoyed our association with Tyson and made many new friends that we treasure and will miss. To our regrets our health will no longer let us continue.”

Wendell and Betty had four houses with capacity of 80,000 chickens. Wendell serves on the board of directors for both Water and Gas and Farm Bureau in Bedford County.

They were presented with a wood carved chicken, which is great honor to receive (only retired growers are eligible). It’s made out of solid wood by a local carver in Shelbyville.

We congratulate Wendell and Betty and wishing them all the best.



Shelbyville Broiler Grower of the Year

L to R: Tom McCue, Live Production Mgr, Matt Hill, Broiler Mgr, Prentiss Romine, Broiler Grower, Wally Taylor, Complex Mgr, and Pete Collins, Tech Advisor

Prentiss Romine, his wife, Jennifer, and sons Levi, 23, and Lake, 16, live in Anderson, Ala. Prentiss has been with Tyson for one and a half years. He has four houses that hold 125,000 chickens. Prentiss has also been a cattle farmer for twenty years. He is a member of the Alabama Farmers Association, the Alabama Cattleman’s Association, and the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association.


Shelbyville Hen Grower of the Year

L to R: Tom McCue, Live Production Mgr, John Mountain, Breeder Mgr, Mike Ferguson, Hen Grower, Wally Taylor, Complex Mgr, and Jeramy Arnold, Tech Advisor

Mike and Trevor Ferguson own and operate Ferguson Hen Farm. The farm was built in 1995, and has a total capacity of over 50,000 sq ft. This hen farm produces enough chicks to provide over 15 million pounds of finished product annually. This farm is continually one of the top producers for the Shelbyville Complex.



Shelbyville Pullet Grower of the Year

L to R: Tom McCue, Live Production Mgr, John Mountain, Breeder Mgr, Saul Phengmany, Pullet Grower, Jeramy Arnold, Tech Advisor, and Wally Taylor, Complex Mgr

Paul and Vongxay Phengmany own and operate Souk Lida Pullet Farm. The farm was bought in 2005 and has a total capacity of 36,000 sq ft. The farm produces over 50,000 birds annually. This is one of the most consistent and best maintained farms in the Shelbyville Complex.

North Carolina Wins Southeastern Farmer of the Year Competition
Oct 31st, 2011 by Grow With Tyson

Tommy Porter Jr. was named the 2011 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon in Moultrie, Ga., today.
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Tommy Porter Jr. stood on the stage at the Sunbelt Ag Expo for the second time on Tuesday while waiting for Swisher International President J. Thomas Ryan to announce the winner of the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition.

Ryan did not call his name in 2006.

He called it Tuesday.

The first person Porter thanked – through tears – was God “for letting me use a small portion of His land.”

The second was his wife. For himself, Porter took no credit.

ELATION! Vicky Porter (left) burst into tears when Swisher International President J. Thomas Ryan announced her husband Tommy Porter Jr. is the 2011 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. Judy Vickers, whose husband Carlos is the Georgia Farmer of the Year, shouted with joy.

ELATION! Vicky Porter (left) burst into tears when Swisher International President J. Thomas Ryan announced her husband Tommy Porter Jr. is the 2011 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. Judy Vickers, whose husband Carlos is the Georgia Farmer of the Year, shouted with joy.

“I’m very humbled to be here,” Porter said. “Thank you all.”
Thomas Porter of Concord, N.C., is a two-time winner of the Farmer of the Year award in his state. His livestock operation includes 2,200 sows, 300 Hereford-Angus cows and eight poultry houses – half of which are filled with pullets and the other half layers.

Porter and his wife Vicky have three grown children, all involved with the farm. Their son Derek is a firefighter who works at the farm on his days off. Their son Jared is a police officer and works at the farm on weekends. Jared’s wife Colleen manages the farm’s layer operation. Their daughter Erin is a recent college graduate who handles payroll for the farm.

Porter competed against winners representing eight other Southern states, stretching from Virginia to Mississippi. Though it’s said each year, speakers at the luncheon and the dinner on Monday night frequently reminded all nine state farmers of the year that they are winners.

HERE’S THE CHECK: Sunbelt Ag Expo Executive Director Chip Blalock (left) and Swisher International President J. Thomas Ryan (far right) give a physically large check to accompany an actual big check to Southeastern Farmer of the Year Tommy Porter Jr. and his wife Vicky.

HERE’S THE CHECK: Sunbelt Ag Expo Executive Director Chip Blalock (left) and Swisher International President J. Thomas Ryan (far right) give a physically large check to accompany an actual big check to Southeastern Farmer of the Year Tommy Porter Jr. and his wife Vicky.

Being named state farmer of the year, “shows your commitment to excellence in what you do,” said Steve Patterson, vice president of marketing for Southern States.

“I really appreciate what you do for your communities and agriculture in general,” Patterson said.

Excellence and perseverance, Ryan noted.

“Y’all have ups and downs every year. You have it because of weather. You have it because of regulations,” Ryan said. “You succeed. You’re all winners and you always will be.”

2010 Southeastern Farmer of the Year Robert Dasher noted the tight competition, particularly in the 2011 field, when he spoke to this year’s winners during a dinner in their honor Monday night.

“Each and every one is representative of the highest quality that agriculture represents today,” Dasher said.

For Dasher, winning was the highlight of a farming career.

“I never expected to win this honor. I’m honored, humbled and thank the good Lord for it,” Dasher said. “We [he and wife Debbie] will cherish this for a lifetime.”

As Southeastern Farmer of the Year, Porter takes home a $15,000 check from Swisher International. He also is awarded use of a Massey Ferguson tractor for a year from Massey Ferguson North America, a custom made Canvasback gun safe from Misty Morn Safe Co., and another $500 gift certificate from Southern States. Also, Williamson-Dickie provides another jacket, a $500 gift certificate and $500 in cash to the overall winner.

Each state farmer of the year was awarded a $2,500 cash award and an expense paid trip to the Sunbelt Expo from Swisher International of Jacksonville, Fla., a jacket and a $200 gift certificate from the Williamson-Dickie Company, and a $500 gift certificate from Southern States.

Through the years, Swisher has contributed some $844,000 in cash awards and other honors to southeastern farmers since the award was initiated in 1990.

Shelbyville Complex Honors Billy West
May 2nd, 2011 by Grow With Tyson

(l-r) Complex Manager Wally Taylor, Live Production Manager Tom McCue, Roger Wood, Matt Hill, and Larry Hornaday present grower Billy West with a custom-made trophy celebrating his retirement after 30 years of service.

The Shelbyville Complex has a long and storied history with its growers. Few have been more productive than the relationship with Bedford County’s own Billy West.

Mr. West began his career in 1980 and very quickly established himself as one of the top producers in the Tyson family, a standard that continued until his recent retirement. Mr. West was recently presented with a custom-made commemorative statue by a contingency of Shelbyville Team Members. In his own understated style, he gave a succinct summation of his career.

“It took a lot of hard work but I never wanted to be outworked by anyone,” West said. “Despite the late nights and early mornings, I have never regretted getting into the chicken business. I would like to thank the folks at Tyson for their support throughout the past 30 or so years. It has been a pleasure.”

It has been said that when effort is made, it is always complemented with a result. Thank you, Billy, for always producing results.


Pennsylvania and Arkansas Growers Win Environmental Stewardship Awards
Apr 1st, 2011 by Grow With Tyson

One of our Core Values at Tyson Foods is to “serve as stewards of the animals, land, and environment entrusted to us.” The three winners of this year’s Poultry Environmental Stewardship Awards have demonstrated their commitment to be good stewards of the land, while producing chickens of superior quality.

The awards are based upon several criteria, including implementation of best management practices, participation in community activities, good neighbor relations, receipt of other awards, and wildlife habitat management.

Each producer will receive $1,500 and a bronze trophy for his or her accomplishments. Tyson Foods appreciates the efforts these winners have made to represent the poultry industry in an environmentally responsible manner.

The 2010 Poultry Environmental Stewardship Award winners are:

Maines Farm – Growers for our Nashville, Arkansas, Complex
John and Tammie Maines own a 202-acre farm originally homesteaded in 1860 by Tammie’s great-great-grandfather. They operate a 28,000-hen farm on the land and use the litter to provide nutrients for 181 acres of pasture, some of which is used to produce hay.

Their litter is applied to the land according to a state-reviewed Nutrient Management Plan that is updated every five years.

John and Tammie recently purchased and installed new tunnel-ventilation fans to help reduce energy costs. Another best practice that the Maines use is applying lime to damp litter inside their poultry house to absorb excess moisture. The Maines also plant food plots and provide mineral blocks for wildlife.

Brad and Lois Beiler – Growers for our New Holland, Pennsylvania, Complex
The Beiler Farm is a four-house broiler farm with a capacity of 104,000 chickens. Along with broiler chickens, Brad and Lois produce row crops and dairy heifers. The farm has been in the Beiler family since 1904.

A majority of the litter produced at the farm is exported to a mushroom farm. Approximately nine acres of the farm is enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, where Brad and Lois have fenced off a creek and its frontage to create a riparian buffer. More than 1,000 trees were planted in the buffer, which increases wildlife habitat, helps reduce stream-bank erosion, and serves as a filter for water flowing into the creek. The Beilers also installed a solar-energy system on the roof of one barn to reduce energy costs.

Meador Manor Farm – Growers for our Green Forest, Arkansas, Complex
The Meador Manor Farm, an integrated poultry and cattle farm, is owned and operated by Chris Meador. The farm produces 66,000 broilers per flock and has 100 head of cow-calf pairs on 236 acres. Chris has a 40-feet by 60-feet storage shed for poultry litter that has two 20-feet by 40-feet extensions for storage of litter management equipment and for mortality composting if needed. All ponds on the farm are fenced to prevent livestock from entering the water. Freeze-proof tanks have been installed to water the cattle. The Meadors belong to the Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and have received the Younger Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award.

Bakers named poultry farm of the year
Mar 7th, 2011 by admin

Sam  and Brenda Baker of Obion County have been named the 2010 Poultry Farm Family of the Year by the Tennessee Poultry Association. The Bakers raise breeder hens for Tyson Foods, Inc. Tennessee Poultry Association President Wally Taylor, congratulates the couple on behalf of Baker Brothers Poultry.

Full story hereBakers named poultry farm of the year on NWTNTODAY.COM.

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