THOMSON & COMPANY MERGES WITH FROST, PLLC

Thomson & Company Merges with Frost, PLLC to Expand Agribusiness Reach

THOMSON & COMPANY, a full-service CPA firm in Phoenix, Arizona offering comprehensive accounting, tax and business advisory services to clients across the Southwest, is merging with FROST, PLLC. Our merged firm will continue to operate as FROST, PLLC from our offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas, Raleigh, North Carolina, and now Phoenix, Arizona. The merger is effective October 1, 2014.

“We are very excited to announce the addition of the Thomson & Company CPAs & Business Advisors, P.C. team to the Frost, PLLC family,” said Doug Richardson, Executive Committee Chairman. “As a combined entity, we will expand our experience, knowledge base and resources while continuing to provide our clients with the exceptional services they expect and deserve. The Thomson & Company associates will broaden our food processing and agriculture expertise to include the dairy industry, date palm production and will increase our row crop representation as well. While the food processing and agriculture industry represents a large portion of our firm’s business, we will continue to offer our clients a broad portfolio of services to meet their accounting needs.”

Craig Thomson, President of Thomson & Company, stated “One of Frost’s strengths is its expertise in the food and agriculture industry. Thomson and Company’s strength is also in serving the agriculture industry. The merger of our firm with Frost creates a deeper pool of resources to better serve the needs of agribusiness throughout the country.”

Our firm will be led by executive committee members Doug Richardson, Bob Childress and Keith Ekenseair. Frost, PLLC now represents business in 48 states in the U.S.

Frost, PLLC will continue as an independent member firm of Moore Stephens North America, which is itself a regional member of Moore Stephens International Limited (MSIL). All the firms in MSIL are independent entities, owned and managed in each location.

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GERBER POULTRY, INC. SETS NEW STANDARDS WITH ANIMAL WELFARE …

Kidron, Ohio (June 14, 2014) – Gerber Poultry broke new ground in the area of animal welfare and handling with the announcement today of a process for a higher standard of third-party animal welfare audits. Gerber Poultry recently reached an agreement with Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing, (FACTA), to adopt the higher standards of FACTA’s Humane Certified broiler audit tool.

FACTA, an organization led by world-renowned experts in animal handling and welfare, conducts independent, professional, science-based animal care training and auditing services based on individual farm benchmarking by credentialed auditors and educators. All FACTA employees are PAACO certified with experience in specific segments of the animal agriculture industry.

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READ STEPHEN SHEPARD’S ANIMAL WELFARE CHALLENGES ARTICLE

Animal Welfare Challenges: Assessing Your Current Animal Welfare Program –
Stephen Shepard, Feathered Pen Article, Midwest Poultry Consortium

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PAACO CERTIFIES FACTA ANIMAL WELFARE AUDIT PROGRAM FOR PORK

The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc. (PAACO) has granted Certified Audit status to FACTA’s Certified™ Animal Welfare Audit Program – Pork. The FACTA audit is one the first to be certified for swine production.

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FACTA ASSURANCE SERVICES – ANIMAL WELFARE STANDARDS

FACTA (Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing) and Frost, PLLC, a leading national accounting firm in animal agriculture and food processing, have united to offer farm animal welfare auditing and assurance services to animal producers and food processors. Our goal is to help clients reduce their risk of animal welfare issues through the use of sophisticated risk aversion programs assuring clients and consumers that the best possible animal care practices are in use and independently verified.

FACTA’s animal welfare audit approach is based upon years of science-based experience in the animal agriculture and food processing industries. Our audits are independently conducted, third-party, objective assessments of the state of animal welfare at the time of the audit. Our services are based on individual farm benchmarking by credentialed auditors and educators in an exclusive peer reviewed process. Our familiarity with the animal agriculture and food processing industries allows us to make assessments that generate relevant industry data without violating confidentialities or biosecurity.

FACTA is led by experts in animal handling and welfare and has been conducting independent, professional, science-based animal care training and auditing services for over a decade.

FACTA’s audit reviews are PAACO certified and are reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Committee

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