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Mary Auth

Raised on a corn and soybean farm in central Illinois, Mary Auth understands farmers and farming. She has long been directly involved with production agriculture. Mary has been a marketing and communications consultant to various sectors in the agricultural industry for more than 40 years. She has served as a consultant for ag commodity groups, farming operations, seed organizations and agricultural legal services. When she’s not providing critical insights and perspectives to any number of ag initiatives, she enjoys traveling the globe, meeting friends old and new, and continuing learning about how people communicate. Mary is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Illinois Ag Leadership Program. Supporting the innovative work of Summit Livestock Facilities is a natural fit for her.

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Posts  |  Poultry  |  Swine

What Happens When You Take Away the Antibiotics?

There’s been an increased buzz lately in the animal protein world following the January 5th 60 Minutes segment on antibiotics in hog production.  The consumer is demanding a reduction in antibiotics in food production. But what are the effects of antibiotic withdrawal on animals?

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USMCA Brings Greater Stability to Dairy Industry

Many are lauding the passage of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade agreement which replaces NAFTA when it comes to trading with our neighbors to the south and north. The dairy and poultry industries are the big winners on our sides of the border, and the changes are bringing stability that will help dairy and poultry producers plan more securely for their futures.

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Posts  |  Poultry  |  Swine

Still Talking About African Swine Fever

Yes, we’re still talking about African Swine Fever (ASF) because it not only affects the pork industry, the poultry industry is benefitting from markets gained due to downturn in pork markets.

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Posts  |  Poultry

US Poultry Industry Boasts an Improved Safety Record

The US poultry industry has recorded an all-time low for worker injury and illness within the industry’s slaughter and processing workforce. Figures released in November show an 84% decline in illness and injury over the past 25 years.

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Commitment to Cage-Free Eggs Is Continuing To Grow

In late November, Michigan became the fifth state to require that all egg-laying hens in Michigan be kept in cage-free systems and the sale of non-cage-free eggs end by December 2024. Notably, thus far, Michigan is the largest egg-producing state in the U.S. to adopt cage-free legislation – coming in at seventh place for egg production.

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Responses to Cold Stress

If you subscribe to the predictions of the Farmers’ Almanac, we are going to have a colder than usual winter. The worst of this year’s bitter cold winter will affect the eastern part of the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Appalachians. So, will you be prepared to mitigate the cold upon your cattle?

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