10 NOV

Retirements, elections to impact House ag committee

Republicans maintained control of the US House of Representatives following Tuesday’s election. The elections will result in some changes to the membership of the House Committee on Agriculture when the 113th Congress convenes in January. There are 45 members of the current House agriculture committee, 26 Republicans and 19 Democrats. Seven current members of the committee for certain will not be seated in the 113th Congress, three Republicans and four Democrats with an additional Democrat, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina (7th District) leading his Republican opponent David Rouzer by a margin so thin a recount was likely.  Read More

10 NOV

Poultry industry continues to improve worker safety record

The incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry sector, which includes slaughter and processing, continues to decline, according to the 2011 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2011 was 5.8 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), down from 5.9 in 2011.  In terms of injuries per 100 full time workers, the poultry industry’s rate of 5.8 was below the rate of 6.4 for all animal slaughter and processing and only slightly above the rate of 5.6 for the entire food manufacturing sector. Poultry processing’s 2011 rate of 5.8 represents a 74 percent decrease from 1994 (the oldest data available on the BLS website), when the recorded rate was 22.7, demonstrating the enormous progress the industry has made in improving safety for its workforce.  Read More

05 NOV

Share Your Turkey! Photo Contest

Brines, dry rubs, roasting, smoking, grilling and deep-frying… so many ways to prepare your holiday turkey! The California Poultry Federation wants you to share your special whole turkey preparation of a California Grown Thanksgiving turkey. It’s easy … just post a photo of your cooked, regal bird on our Facebook page and describe why this was your favorite method of preparation in 2012. It could be a family tradition or something fresh, a reason to impress guests or a new-found flavor… it’s your story, so share it! You can win a cash prize and a California Grown turkey for your next celebration! 

Contest ends November 30, 2012. Along with the Facebook photo post and description, an official entry must be submitted to the CPF. Click here for contest entry details and rules.


05 NOV

Support for food-labeling Prop. 37 dropping, polls show

Proposition 37 on this year’s ballot asks Californians to decide whether manufacturers should be required to label foods made with genetically engineered ingredients.

If the measure is approved, California would become the first state in the nation to label genetically modified foods. Similar laws have already been adopted by much of Europe and Japan. Genetic engineering involves manipulating the genes of an organism to achieve a desired result. To a degree, it is like the long-time farming process of creating hybrid plants. Read More

05 NOV

Meat, poultry companies mobilize disaster relief

Meat and poultry companies are contributing to disaster relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Hormel Foods Corp. announced a donation of four semi-trailer loads of food to assist Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The donation includes two semi-trailers, or 110,400 Hormel Compleats microwave meals and two semi-trailers of Hormel brand pizza toppings white chicken cuts, which is approximately 156,000 packets, according to the company. Read More

05 NOV

Brazil’s corn and ethanol exports surge in the wake of U.S. drought

Brazil’s trade ministry said the country’s exports of corn and ethanol rose in October as foreign buyers turned to Brazil after the worst drought in 50 years ravaged U.S. crops, according to a Reuters report. Brazil harvested a record corn crop of nearly 73 million metric tons (80.47 million tons) this past season, which surpassed its soy output for the first time in a decade.  Corn exports last month reached a record 3.66 million metric tons to beat September shipments of 3.14 million and October year ago exports of 1.52 million.  Read More

05 NOV

Foodborne illness affects millions annually

Food recalls are on the rise and food safety systems are broken with 48 million Americans getting sick every year at the price tag of more than $77 billion in aggregated economic costs, according to a new report by US PIRG. "Every year we see hundreds of food products recalled because they have caused sickness and in some cases death," said Nasima Hossain, public health advocate for US PIRG. "2012 had already seen nearly twice as many illnesses due to recalls as 2011, with high-profile recalls of cantaloupes and hundreds of thousands of jars of peanut butter. More needs to be done to identify the contaminants that are making us sick and to protect Americans from the risk of unsafe food."  Read More

02 NOV

‘The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle’ documentary to screen in Modesto Nov. 29

A documentary about the historic 2009 march of farmers and farm workers across the heart of the California Central Valley to demand that irrigation water restrictions be overturned and their water supply be turned back on is coming to Modesto’s State Theater Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. "The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle" highlights the human impact an environmental decision had on the farming community when its water supply was shut off, and the march farmers and farm workers staged in order to fight for their water.

The Modesto screening is being sponsored by the following organizations: The California Farm Water Coalition; the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Federation; The California Poultry Federation and Mapes Ranch. Admission is $6 at the State Theater located at 1307 J Street, Modesto, The film begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring several of the film’s participants.  Read More

02 NOV

Ethanol Production: Economic impact on meat and poultry consumption, value, and jobs

The ongoing debate on "Food vs. Fuel" that has surrounded the implementation of the 2007 corn-based ethanol blending mandates (the RFS) has centered on the increasing cost of feedstuffs. The debate seems to assume that higher feed costs and food prices are simply passed along to consumers. Largely ignored in the debate has been the effect of increased use of corn for ethanol production on production, and consumption, of meat and poultry. The post-2006 record on U.S. meat and poultry consumption reveals that the economic impact of increased ethanol production goes far beyond higher feed costs and meat prices. In fact, the effects on value of lost meat and poultry production may be at least as great as feed cost increases, and has caused harm to the U.S. economy. Read More 

02 NOV

Innovative technology provides power from poultry poop

A new heat recovery system for poultry litter may hold some promise for energy cost control for Maryland farmers – and may even reap environmental benefits.

In a nutshell, the heat recovery system in use at Cottage Hill Farm takes the heat the litter generates while composting and transfers it into the chicken houses, reducing the amount of propane normally used to warm the barns.  Read More