Nine Foster Farms facilities in five states, including the feed mill in Delta, earned the highest level of achievement for employee safety. The company received Awards of Distinction from the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council during the 2015 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held last week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized Foster Farms facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative employee safety and health programs. The awards were based on each facility's injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications. The Award of Distinction is the highest level of recognition for the program.
Other facilities earning Awards of Distinction:
• Demopolis, Ala. - corndog plant.
• Emmett, Ark. -- feed mill.
• Turlock, Calif. -- cooked chicken.
Turlock, Calif. -- processing.
Fresno, Calif. -- processing.
Athens, La. -- hatchery.
Farmerville, La. -- cooked chicken.
Farmerville, La. -- processing.
"We are dedicated to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees," said James Ferrell, corporate manager of risk. "The conditions to qualify for this distinction were even more rigorous this year, and we are proud to be recognized as leading our industry in employee safety. We are grateful to our employees who work hard to improve safety at each facility." Foster Farms employs more than 12,000 employees nationwide.
According to the National Chicken Council, illness and injury rates industry wide have decreased 80 percent since 1994.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.