Since the construction of the company’s ﬁrst grain-receiving facility in Salisbury, Md., in 1960, Perdue AgriBusiness has focused on bringing value to the farm gate — recognizing that viable crop farms are essential to our company’s supply chain.
While our business has grown significantly in size and scope, we remain focused on helping farmers increase the profitability of their operations:
Consumers are trending toward heart-healthy, plant-based food and wellness products. Perdue AgriBusiness is a leader in this category of heart-healthy oils from plants. We contract with farmers to grow specialty seeds such as high-oleic soybeans or high-oleic sunflowers. Farmers can diversify their crop rotations and earn a premium on the specialty seed. Perdue crushes the oilseeds, refines the oils, and sells it to manufacturers of consumer products such as coffee creamers or breakfast bars.
Perdue AgriBusiness is a bridge between farmers and product manufacturers.
For nine years, Perdue AgriBusiness has contracted with East Coast farmers to raise Pioneer® brand Plenish® high-oleic soybeans. Farmers can take pride in knowing the soybeans they raise are producing high-oleic soybean oil that is American Heart Association’s Heart-Check certiﬁed. The iconic Heart-Check mark helps take the guess work out when reading nutrition facts and label information.
Perdue AgriBusiness sells its high-oleic soybean oil in bulk to meet customers specifications for a variety of today’s food processing applications.
More and more companies are seeking high-oleic products and we remain committed to being a leader in meeting the demand. Demand for high-oleic soybean oil also allows farmers to receive a premium for growing high-oleic soybeans, helping increase their on-farm profitability.
Since the 1990s, Perdue’s Animal Nutrition Group has been developing precision feed ingredients and providing technical support for the poultry and dairy industries. Today, they feed approximately 10 percent of the conventional U.S. dairy herd and work with top poultry farmers. In addition, Animal Nutrition recently introduced organic feed ingredients tailored to the nutritional needs of organic dairy cows, calves, chickens and laying hens.
By focusing on a healthy digestive tract first, Perdue Animal Nutrition helps create an environment for effective conversion and absorption of amino acids and fatty acids to enhance nutrient utilization and support animal well-being.
Our six PhDs work with nutritional consultants, who are part of the farmer’s business team, to help optimize feed formulations to improve farmer profitability.
Through our deepwater port in Chesapeake, Va., Perdue AgriBusiness is able to access harvests in the northern and southern hemispheres and be a year-round supplier to our customers.
Perdue AgriBusiness exports grains, soybeans, soymeal and soil oil by shipload and containers. Our Chesapeake facility is connected to the rest of the grain-receiving and handling network by barge,
rail and truck.
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Perdue AgriBusiness is investing with local farmers to be the largest High Erucic Acid Rapeseed (HEAR) supplier in the U.S. Each acre produces more than 2,500 pounds of rapeseed and 100 percent of it is utilized. The oil is sold to food and industrial product manufacturers. The meal is used for animal feeding operations in the southeastern U.S.
With a commitment to raising healthy chickens for more than 100 years, Perdue is sharing its expertise in chicken nutrition and welfare with backyard chicken keepers everywhere.
Perdue AgriBusiness continues to promote its direct-to-consumer product offering with FlockLeader®, a line of probiotics and supplements designed for backyard chickens. Arrive™, Thrive™, and Recover™ can provide backyard chicken keepers with a trustworthy daily supplement or troubleshoot health concerns that may arise in flocks.
In 2022, we launched five new products created to meet specific nutritional needs of backyard chicken flocks. FlockLeader® FUNctional Poultry Treats are made in the USA with superior ingredients with functional nutrients to meet the special needs of backyard flocks:
As part of a strategy to help organic crop farmers transition and expand organic acres and meet demand for heart-healthy soybeans, Perdue AgriBusiness has teamed with Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council to offer the ﬁrst organic high oleic SOYLEIC® soybean contracting program. In 2022, the program attracted 3,500 acres planted in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
In our second season, Perdue AgriBusiness contracted with organic soybean farmers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to grow 6,500 acres of SOYLEIC® organic soybeans with the high oleic trait.
These high oleic soybeans offer organic soybean farmers the right combination of high yield and profit potential in a rapidly growing market. New early maturing soybeans are in trials to enable Northeast farmers access to high oleic premiums and expand the market for this heart healthy oil.