06 FEB

EPA proposes Renewable Fuel Standard for 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on January 31 proposed the required quantities for the various categories for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2013.  A Federal Register notice is to be published shortly with a 45-day comment period.  For total renewable fuels, EPA is proposing 16.55 billion gallons; for advanced biofuels, the proposal is 2.75-billion gallons; for biomass-based diesel, the quantity is 1.28-billion gallons; and for cellulosic biofuels, it is 14-million gallons. The 2013 RFS for corn-based ethanol is 13.8 billion gallons.  For 2013, EPA is proposing to implement the requirement of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to blend more than 1.35-billion gallons of renewable fuels over the amount mandated for 2012. Read More

31 JAN

USPOULTRY recognizes six family farm environmental winners

Cederlind Farm of Winters, California, nominated by Foster Farms, is the Western Region winner



Jeff, Kyle and Cindy Cederlind
From left: Jeff Segars, Foster Farms; Kyle, Cindy and Jeff Cederlind, Cederlind Farm;
Yubert Envia, Foster Farms; Ira Brister, Foster Farms

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association recognized six poultry farms who received the annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award at the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo. The award is given in acknowledgment of exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production. "The poultry industry has been acknowledged as a leader in environmental management for many years," said newly elected Association chairman James Adams, Wenger Feeds, Rheems, PA. "We rely on the efforts of family farmers to sustainably produce poultry and egg products. These six winners represent the best of these producers." Read More

31 JAN

Adams, New U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Chairman

James Adams, Wenger Feeds, Rheems, PA, was elected chairman of the board of directors of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). The board meeting was held during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo. He previously served as vice chairman. Adams was presented with the time-honored "working man’s gavel" by 2012 chairman, Mark Waller.
A native of Pennsylvania, he received his BS in poultry technology and management and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Penn State University. Adams joined Wenger Feeds in 1980 and has worked in a variety of responsibilities in egg production, feed manufacturing, transportation, purchasing, and sales and marketing. He is currently president and CEO of Wenger Feeds. He has served on the USPOULTRY board of directors since 2002.
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31 JAN

More than 25,000 attendees & 1,189 exhibitors at the 2013 International Production & Processing Exo

The 2013 International Production & Processing Expo exceeded its goal with more than 25,000 poultry, meat and feed industry leader attendees from all over the world. In addition, the show had 1,189 exhibitors with more than 430,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Final numbers will be released after the registration database has been audited for duplications. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association, and the American Meat Institute, IPPE is the world’s largest annual poultry, meat, and feed industry event of its kind. "We are extremely pleased with the number of exhibitors and attendees on the exhibit floor for IPPE. We have had a great turn-out this year, and the energy and excitement on the floor has been apparent all week," remarked the three trade associations. Read More

31 JAN

The truth about the Super Bowl ‘Chicken Wing Apocalypse’

So far, 2013 has been a distressing year in chicken news. First, two men allegedly stole 26,000 pounds of chicken wings earlier this month from a storage facility in Georgia. (The filched appetizers are still at large, CBS News reported on Monday morning.) Last week, a report by the National Chicken Council-which announced a 1 percent decrease in chicken production over the course of 2012-spawned online hysteria as football fans across the country fretted that their viewing parties would be bereft of Buffalo wings on Super Bowl Sunday. Had the poultry doomsayers read to the end of the report, they would have seen this important detail: "Consumers shouldn’t worry about any shortage of wings on Super Bowl Sunday or any time soon."

Bloomberg Businessweek tracked down Bill Roenigk, the National Chicken Council’s chief economist, to discuss the true state of the chicken industry. Read More


29 JAN

NCC announces animal care review panel for broilers

The National Chicken Council, partnering with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, has initiated a process through The Center for Food Integrity that will provide a balanced analysis of potential undercover video investigations. The Animal Care Review Panel engages recognized animal welfare professionals to examine video and provide expert perspectives for food retailers, the chicken industry and the media.

Hidden camera investigations have heightened public attention on animal care issues. The Animal Care Review Panel provides a mechanism the chicken industry can rely on to objectively evaluate video investigations. It will test the veracity of the investigations and show the public that the chicken industry is committed to continuous improvement, including determining appropriate corrective action when necessary. It will also provide retailers accurate, independent and balanced information to support informed decisions.

Each panel will include a veterinarian, an ethicist and an animal scientist to assure animal care, veterinary medicine and ethics are considered in the evaluation. A pool of experts has been recruited so the process can move quickly when a video investigation goes public. Read More


29 JAN

Court rejects EPA biofuel mandate

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday  canceled a mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency that required refiners to buy cellulosic biofuels as a way of supporting the nascent alternative fuel industry.  Cellulosic biofuel is ethanol fermented from products other than corn, which is the major source of biofuel production in the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the mandate for 2012, which would have held oil refiners accountable for purchasing 8.65 million of gallons of the biofuel even though none is  commercially available for sale, was based on flawed projections.  Read More 


29 JAN

Super Bowl alert: Chicken wings will cost you

When it comes to the Super Bowl, there’s lots of chatter about the millions of dollars spent on ads and the sky-high price of tickets. But what will really hurt your wallet come game day? Chicken wings. Every year, the cost of the beloved game-time grub shoots up at the end of January as restaurants gear up to feed the masses for the NFL’s big showdown. Prices usually go down soon after. But that drop never happened last year, because sweeping droughts in the Midwest drove up feed prices, agricultural experts say. As a result, the price of chicken farming, and therefore wings, has been gradually increasing. Read More 
24 JAN

Costa appointed top Dem on livestock, rural development committee

Rep. Jim Costa will serve as the Ranking Member on the House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit Subcommittee. The committee oversees livestock, dairy, and poultry issues along with rural development, family farming matters, and farm credit policies. "The last Congress left a lot of work undone, and now is the time to finish the job for Rural America by passing a Farm Bill,"said Costa. "In the Valley, agriculture is our way of life and growing the industry has always been my top priority." Read More