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Romanian Students Participate in Smithfield Prod Internship

Smithfield Prod, Romania’s largest producer of fresh pork and a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, again has launched its internship program to help students better understand the food production industry and make the transition from theoretical to practical skills. Participants are assigned to a department appropriate to their focus of study and then given the chance to learn in a ”real world” setting by getting involved in all operational departments throughout the course of the three-month internship.

Currently, 24 students are involved with the program through the top three universities in Timisoara, Romania: West University, Polytechnics University and University of Agriculture, Science and Veterinary Medicine and Electrotechnics. Participants represent a variety of fields including technology, agriculture and food production.

As part of our commitment to the communities in which we live and work, and to support the educational process in the region, this internship program helps further the education of future food production professionals.

Click here to learn more about our commitment to strengthening communities through different educational initiatives.

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Smithfield Farmland Grayson Supports American Cancer Society

Through a number of creative fundraising events and activities the Smithfield Farmland facility in Grayson, KY, has been raising money and showing support for the American Cancer Society. Throughout the year they’ve held a number of events including bake sales, t- shirt sales, raffles and $5.00 jean Fridays.

On June 20, 2014, the group held their final fundraiser at the Relay for Life event at the Olive Hill Shriner Park. The Relay for Life creates an opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what can be done to reduce cancer risk and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease. Relay for Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Events are up to 24 hours long and, because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. Relay for Life at Olive Shriner Park included 37 teams and over 500 participants who raised over $96,000 for the American Cancer Society. Four employees volunteered their time selling pork chops sandwiches to participants.

The team at the Grayson facility is proud to have raised a total of $4,431.00 for this great charity.

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Smithfield Farmland Fresh – North Sponsors Annual Clean the Bay Day

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On Saturday, June 7, 2014, thousands of Virginians simultaneously headed to streams, tributaries and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay to remove harmful litter and debris from the waters. The 26th Annual Clean the Bay Day, established by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, was sponsored by the Smithfield Farmland Fresh facility, located in Smithfield, VA. The foundation’s goal is to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the bay’s ecosystem through trash removal. Clean the Bay Day sets the stage for moving beyond visible pollution and tackling the major unseen threats that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is designed to manage.

This year’s event brought over 100 different partner organizations and sponsors, including the North Facility. Smithfield Farmland’s team of volunteers tripled in size this year and assisted in the clean up and removal of approximately 825 pounds of trash from the bay! After the cleanup, a lunch was held at Smithfield Farmland’s Innovation Center for all volunteers.

Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged approximately 134,000 volunteers, who have removed more than 6.1 million pounds of debris from nearly 6,500 miles of shoreline.

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Curly’s Foods Honored with National Paper Recycling Award

Curly’s Foods, a brand of John Morrell, subsidiary of Smithfield Foods; based in Sioux City, Iowa, received the 2014 Business Leadership Award for Volume from the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). The award recognizes outstanding paper recycling programs.

Curly’s Foods initiated a recycling program to recover old corrugated containers (OCC) decades ago, as a small meat processing company. Now, years later, new employees are educated on sustainability and the importance of recycling. All employees are involved in the company’s environmental management system.

The existing program recovered the highest amount of paper for recycling of all applications in the category—recovering 1,348 tons of paper in 2013. Paper recovery saves landfill space too—an average of 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space is saved for each ton of paper recycled!

AF&PA recently announced that 63.5% of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2013. Programs like Curly’s Foods’ combined with the individual efforts of millions Americans help drive the industry closer towards its goal to exceed 70% paper recovery for recycling by 2020.

Smithfield Foods’ Sustainability Program includes many recycling-specific goals, which are supported by our subsidiaries such as Curly’s Foods. As a family of companies, Smithfield has set goals, including zero-waste-to-landfill and packaging reduction targets. To learn more about our sustainability efforts, please visit SmithfieldCommitments.com.

Read more about the award here.

Environmental Defense Fund Partners with Smithfield Foods to Reduce Fertilizer Runoff, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced a collaboration with Smithfield Foods and Murphy‑Brown, LLC that will help farmers optimize fertilizer application to grain grown for animal feed. Excess nitrogen fertilizer not absorbed by crops can runoff the land and pollute lakes, streams and drinking water. It also emits a greenhouse gas (GHG) 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Efficient fertilizer application reduces water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining crop yields and lower farm input costs.

“Commercial fertilizer is often overlooked, and there is significant opportunity to combat climate change and improve water quality,” said David Fest, EDF Vice President, Ecosystems. “Our initiative with Smithfield is an important part of a comprehensive effort underway at EDF to ensure agriculture production meets human needs for food and contributes to the resilience of our environment. By working with farmers and engaging all points along the food supply chain, we can significantly reduce fertilizer runoff, safeguard our environment and ensure farm productivity.”

This new program will educate farmers who sell grain to Murphy-Brown using new tools and practices to more precisely match fertilizer application with crop needs—improving soil health. Our goal is to have 75 percent of our Southeastern grain-sourcing acres participate in a fertilizer optimization and soil health program by 2018. The program first rolls out in North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina this year and will expand to Midwest farmers in 2015.

EDF estimates that this collaboration will reduce excess nitrogen fertilizer on over 450,000 acres and reduce GHG emissions from agriculture by over 60,000 tons—the equivalent of taking approximately 13,000 cars off the road.

We believe this project will demonstrate how innovative fertilizer application practices will benefit farmers while providing additional environmental protection. Through this collaborative effort, we will be able to reach out to the local grain farmers we do business with and leverage the economic and environmental benefits for all involved. 

An Earth Day Message from Our CSO

Dennis Treacy Smithfield FoodsEach year, I send out a note on Earth Day. The main reason is that the day has a special meaning to me. I remember the original Earth Day back in 1970, and while much has changed since then (thankfully, even my hairstyle), some things have not. The original Earth Day was all about making a difference. That thought still motivates many of us today. Even back then, we knew that change wasn’t easy—it doesn’t happen overnight, and is never as thorough or painless as we would like–but it is possible.  

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Murphy-Brown Employees Help to Green the Muscadine Festival

North Carolina may have cultivated its first grape back in 1524, but Murphy-Brown employees brouMuscadine Festivalght a new reason to celebrate at the annual North Carolina Muscadine Festival this year.

A group of 10 volunteers put out recycle barrels to collect empty glass bottles during the Festival, totaling 1 ton glass bottles collected.

The volunteers were thanked by the festival organizers for helping them “go green.” Their efforts helped clean up the festival grounds and most of the waste was able to be recycled.

Food Safety Is At the Root of What We Do

All of us in the Smithfield Foods family of companies recognize that our most important daily activity is to produce the safest pork products in the world. It’s our highest priority. After all, this is the same food that we feed to our friends and families.

From our farms and processing plants to your table, Smithfield utilizes our industry’s most stringent food safety standards to ensure the pork and packaged foods you serve to your family are of the highest quality. We regularly work with our industry, government agencies and independent experts to make sure our rigorous food safety practices include the most current, science-based procedures.

All across our operations, we have dozens of professionals whose sole responsibility is to ensure the safety and quality of our products. And government inspectors routinely visit our facilities to grade our performance.

We invite you to view our latest food safety video at this link.     

Utah’s “Daily Herald” Focuses on Manure to Energy

The “Daily Herald” in Provo, UT recently featured a piece about our manure to energy project in the state. Read the article here.

“The Kansas City Star” Publishes Article About Our Manure to Energy Project

The Kansas City Star wrote an article that highlighted our recent manure to energy project in Missouri. Take a look at the article here.

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People sometimes ask us if we have a response to the movie Food, Inc. In this short video, our EVP and CSO Dennis Treacy provides insight as to why Smithfield did not talk to the movie producers and our perspective on the film. If you have questions about particular claims made in the movie, please ask us through our website http://www.smithfieldcommitments.com, or contact us through Twitter or Facebook.

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Smithfield Foods--A Chat with our Chief Sustainability Officer--Part 4: Our Investment

As we move forward with our sustainability initiatives, we need to take the concerns of our investors seriously. We have found an increasing level of interest among our investors in issues related to sustainability, and what we are doing as a company in this area.

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