During the 2019 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Florida, a record 230 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.

“We received the most applications ever for this year’s safety award program. It is impressive to see so many companies implementing new and innovative programs to promote safety in their facilities,” said Mick Berning, associate vice president of environmental, health and safety, Cargill, and chair of the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products and directly employ more than 350,000 workers.

Based on the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the slaughter and poultry processing OSHA total recordable illness and injury rate for 2017 was 3.8 cases per 100 fulltime workers. The 2017 rate of 3.8 represents an outstanding 83 percent decrease from 1994.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by academia and other safety experts. One hundred and twenty-two facilities received the highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction.” The other categories included “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.”

NTF Member Companies Receiving Recognition

Butterball LLC
Cooper Farms
Farbest Foods, Inc.
Foster Farms
Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc.
Perdue Farms
Tyson Foods Inc.
Valley Proteins Inc.

Full List of Award Recipients

Award of Distinction

Allen Harim LLC

Seaford Hatchery

Butterball LLC

Alix Feed Mill

Green Forest Feed Mill

Turkey, NC Feed Mill

Goldsboro, NC Hatchery #3

Raeford, NC Hatchery #1

Carthage, MO Processing

Huntsville, AR Processing

Ozark, AR Processing


California, Missouri Feed Mill

California, Missouri Hatchery

Case Farms

Shelby, NC Feed Mill

Massillon, OH Feed Mill

Goldsboro Hatchery

Dudley, NC Goldsboro Division Processing

Morganton, NC Processing

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.   

Kinards, SC South Carolina Feed Mill

Cleveland, GA Hatchery

Blairsville Hatchery

Fayetteville Hatchery

Lafayette, TN Hatchery

Sweetwater Farm Hatchery

Wadesboro, NC Hatchery

Cherokee Farm Processing

Strawberry Hill Processing

Princess Anne Processing

SE Farms and Production

Kentucky Farms Processing

North Carolina Farms Processing

Dry Creek Processing

Cooper Farms

Oakwood, OH Hatchery           

Crider Farms

Stillmore Crider Foods Processing

Farbest Foods, Inc.

Vincennes, IN Processing Plant

Huntingburg Plant Processing

Fieldale Farms

Direct Hatchery

Cornelia Plant Processing

Toccoa Protein Conversion Plant

Foster Farms 

Choudrant, LA Hatchery

Athens Hatchery

Farmerville, LA Cooked Plant

Turlock, CA FTP 2 Processing

Demopolis, AL Corndog Plant

Fresno, CA Cherry Ave Processing

Kelso, WA Processing

Burrel Commodity Mill

Delta Feed Mill

Gerber’s Poultry, Inc.

Kidron, OH Processing

House of Raeford Farms

Arcadia, LA Processing

Rose Hill, NC Processing

Keystone Foods LLC

Franklin, KY Feed Mill (Albany Complex)

Camilla, GA Hatchery

Franklin, KY Hatchery (Albany Complex)

Camilla, GA Processing Plant

Albany, KY Equity Group – KY Division

Koch Foods, Inc.        

Hope Hull, AL Feed Mill

Montgomery, AL Processing

Pine Mountain Valley, GA Processing

Maple Leaf Farms, Inc.

San Joaquin Hatchery

Mountaire Farms, Inc.

Westover MD, Feed Mill

Princess Anne, MD Hatchery

Siler City, NC Mount Vernon Hatchery

Selbyville, DE Processing

Lumber Bridge, NC Processing

Millsboro, DE Feed Mill

Millsboro, DE Processing

Peco Foods, Inc.

Fulton Street, Processing

Perdue Farms

Elkin, NC Feed Mill

Petaluma, CA Willowbrook Feed Mill

Vincennes, IN Hatchery #1

Accomac, VA Harvest

Perry, GA Harvest

Dillon, SC Harvest

Bridgewater, VA Further Processing

Lewiston, NC Harvest

Beaver Dam, KY Cromwell Harvest

Georgetown, DE Harvest

Monterey, TN Further Processing

Milford, DE Harvest

Rockingham, NC Harvest

Hurlock, GA Feed Mill

Westover, MD Hatchery #10

Salisbury, MD Hatchery #3

Pilgrim’s Corp

Pittsburg, TX Feed Mill

Mayfield, KY Feed Mill

Las Piedras Feed Mill

Harrisonburg, VA Feed Mill

Nashville, AR Feed Mill

Athens, GA Feed Mill

Commerce, GA Feed Mill

Mayfield, KY Hatchery

Cohutta, GA Hatchery

Blaine, GA Hatchery

Athens, GA Hatchery

To Ricos Hatchery

Pittsburg, TX Hatcheries

Ft. Payne, AL Hatchery

Staley, NC Hatchery

Broadway, VA Clearview Hatchery

Albertville Hatchery

Natchitoches, LA Processing

Mt. Pleasant, TX West Processing

Rivery Valley Ingredients

Ames, NE Feed Mill

Concordia, MO Feed Mill

Cumming, GA Feed Mill

Simmons’ Foods, Inc. 

Siloam Springs, AR Further Processing

Tip Top Poultry, Inc. 

Rockmart, GA Further Processing

Tyson Foods Inc.

Texarkana, AR Rendering

Forest, MS Rendering

Decherd, TN Hatchery (Shelbyville Complex)

Stillwell, OK Hatchery (Noel Complex)

Cumming, GA Further Processing

Berry Street Processing Plant

Hope, AR Processing

Nashville, AR Processing Plant

Valley Proteins Inc.

Wadesboro, NC Division

Gastonia, NC Rendering

Wayne Farms LLC

Ozark, AL South Alabama Feed Mill

Samson, AL Hatchery

Decatur, AL East Further Processing

Union Springs, AL Processing

Decatur, AL West Prepared Foods

Jack, AL Enterprise Complex Processing

Award of Honor

Allen Harim LLC

Dagsboro Hatchery

Seaford Feed Mill        


BMO Feed Mill

Gentry Hatchery

Case Farms

Winesburg, OH

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.   

Siloam Springs Hatchery

Timpson, TX Hatchery

Kentucky Hatchery

Foster Farms

Livingston Commodity Mill


Springdale Further Processing

Broadway Hatchery

South Main Hatchery

Springdale Processing

Stone Spring Hatchery

House of Raeford Farms        

Monetta, SC Feed Mill

Monetta, SC Hatchery

West Columbia, SC Processing Facility

Lavonia, GA Hatchery

Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc.

Montevideo, MN Further Processing

Faribault, MN Turkey Processing

Keystone Foods LLC

Gadsden, AL Plant

Eufaula, AL Processing Plant

Eufaula, AL Hatchery

Eufaula, AL Feed Mill

Koch Foods, Inc.

Anniston, AL Fair Knoll Hatchery

Chattanooga, TN Feed Mill

Cumming, GA Further Processing

Forest, MS Further Processing

Peco Foods, Inc.

Bay Springs Processing

Batesville Feed Mill

Tuscaloosa Processing

Sebastopol Processing

Batesville Processing

Sebastopol Hatchery

Perdue Farms

Bridgeville, DE Feed Mill

Candor, NC Feed Mill

Perry, GA Cook Plant

Pilgrim’s Corp.          

DeQueen, AR Poultry Processing

Canton, GA Feed Mill

Wingate, NC Feed Mill

Concord, NC Hatchery

Canton, GA Processing

Douglas, GA Processing

Mayfield, KY Processing

Sumter, SC Processing

Chattanooga, TN Feed Mill

Athens, GA Processing

Guntersville, AL Processing

Moorefield, WV Fresh Processing

Broadway, VA Processing

Chattanooga Debone

Chattanooga Fresh Processing

Sanford, NC Processing Plant

River Valley Ingredients

Aliceville, AL Blend Mill

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Brazos Production Hatchery

Foods Division

Laurel Processing

Tyson Foods Inc.

Robards, KY Rendering

Scranton, AR Rendering

Harmony, NC Rendering

Magee, MS Hatchery

Clarksville, AR Further Processing

Grannis, AR Processing

Center, TX Hatchery (Carthage Complex)

North Little Rock, AR Processing

Tyson of Rogers, AR Processing Plant

Dexter, MO Hatchery

Berryville, AR Further Processing

Monett, MO Processing

Shelbyville, TN Processing

Tyler Road AR Processing Plant

Waldron, AR Feed Mill

Star City, AR Hatchery (Pine Bluff Complex)

Obion County Processing Plant

Seguin, TX Processing Plant

Vicksburg, MS Processing

Hope, AR Hatchery

Carthage, MS Processing Plant

Oglethorpe, GA Hatchery

Van Buren, AR Further Processing

Forest, MS Processing

Blountsville Processing Plant

Monroe, NC Processing

Sedalia, MO Hatchery

Valley Proteins, Inc.

Fayetteville, NC Division

Wayne Farms LLC

Danville, AR Processing Plant

Danville, AR Hatchery

Award of Merit

Claxton Poultry Farms

Claxton Poultry Processing Plant

Peco Foods, Inc.

Feather Lane Further Processing


Mount Pleasant, TX Pet Food

Gainesville, GA Processing Plant

Mt. Pleasant, TX East Processing

Elberton, GA Prepared Foods

Commerce, GA Hatchery

Marshville, NC Processing

Enterprise, AL Processing

DeQueen, AR Processing

River Valley Ingredients

Muscatine, IA Blend Mill

Stafford, KS Blend Mill

Cuthbert, GA Blend Mill

Gainesville, GA Blend Mill

Dawsonville, GA Blend Mill

Portsmouth, VA Blend Mill

Pickensville, AL Blend Mill

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Dexter, MO Processing

Gonzalez, TX Feed Mill (Seguin Complex)

Randall Road AR Processing Plant

Waldron, AR Hatchery