Farmer Focus reaffirms its commitment to safety and

HARRISONBURG, Va., May 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Focus on farmersthe only 100% USDA certified organic and cruelty-free® a chicken company with a mission to promote and protect generational family farms, is proud to announce a major safety and operational milestone at its plant: 5 million work hours with no lost work injuries according to OSHA. In addition to this achievement, Farmer Focus achieved a total recordable injury rate of 0.80, well below the industry standard of 3.5. Additionally, Farmer Focus’s commitment to employee safety early in the pandemic kept the level of COVID-positive cases at Farmer Focus production facilities at or below the percentage of cases in Virginia throughout throughout the pandemic.

To solidify its ongoing commitment to the highest level of safety and operational excellence, the company welcomes Stephen J. Shepard as Executive Vice President of Operations. Shepard brings over 15 years of poultry and agricultural operation experience along with a dedication to Farmer Focus’s focus on employee safety and well-being.

As Executive Vice President of Operations for Farmer Focus, Shepard will lead the Environmental Health and Safety, Quality, Farming and Plant Operations teams while ensuring Farmer Focus values ​​- including worker safety, farmer empowerment and animal welfare – are integrated into day-to-day operations. Specifically, Shepard will prioritize creating more efficient processes while improving the company’s industry-leading safety record and continuing to focus on employee well-being and the development of workforce.

“Stephen brings with him a wealth of knowledge across the entire poultry supply chain and a true passion for the service leadership culture we have developed at Farmer Focus, said Erik Vaughan, President and Director. of the operation of Farmer Focus. “His leadership will help us ensure that we continue to foster a culture that values ​​the well-being of workers and farmers as we expand our production capabilities and prepare for more growth.”

Previously, Shepard held positions in factory and farm operations at Pilgrim’s Pride and Miller Poultry. As FACTA’s Director of Poultry Auditing and Training, Shepard worked on and helped create some of the first poultry animal welfare audits to receive PAACO certification in the United States.

“Coming from a family with a multi-generational farming history that dwindled to a few farmers, I am passionate about Farmer Focus’s mission to protect generational family farming,” Shepard said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to join this outstanding team of servant leaders and am deeply committed to uplifting our farmers and factory workers by creating an efficient, safe and supportive environment in which to grow and thrive.”

This news is just the latest indication of Farmer Focus’ expansion and commitment to its mission. Other notable points include:

  • Farmer Focus is the fastest growing organic chicken brand*
  • Farmer Focus is the first brand of organic chicken distributed*
  • Farmer Focus is the second organic chicken brand*
  • The company was recognized by the White House in January 2022, when CEO Corwin Heatwole was invited to join President Biden at a roundtable to discuss competition in the meat industry. During this conversation, he advocated for independent farmers and explained how Farmer Focus is creating a new fair business model for the poultry industry.
  • Farmer Focus received an Impact Award from Progressive Grocer in recognition of its outstanding environmental, social and governance leadership.
  • Farmer Focus’ range of pre-seasoned organic chickens won two NEXTY Awards in September 2021 and was nominated for a third in March 2022. The NEXTY Awards are given to products that demonstrate innovation, inspiration and exceptional integrity.

*All data refers to organic chicken brands in grocery stores over the 52-week period ending 04/17/2022 as reported by IRI data.

About Farmer Focus
Founded by sixth-generation farmer Corwin Heatwole in 2014, Farmer Focus is the only 100% organic and certified cruelty-free by the USDA.® chicken company with a mission to promote and protect generational family farms. By transferring farm-level decision-making and ownership of chickens to farmers and empowering them to farm the way they know it, Farmer Focus dramatically improves farm financial viability and farmer profits. Available in 2,800 stores across the East Coast and Midwest, including major retailers like Publix, Kroger, Harris Teeter and more, Farmer Focus is committed to consistently producing supremely delicious, 100% organic, humanely raised chicken that is better for people, the planet. and animals.

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