23 MAR

Ag Day in Sacramento celebrates California Grown

Assembly Member Fiona Ma and Bill Mattos promote Ag Day March 21 on the Capitol grounds. They are preparing for the Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day resolution press event commemorating the year anniversary of the "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day" resolution that unanimously passed both the State Assembly and the State Senate. The resolution declares that Sundays are "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day," and encourages families, restaurants, and grocers to buy California-grown floriculture, fiber, and foods on Sundays.

15 MAR

Bill Mattos Blog: AG Day in Sacramento Celebrates California Grown

Officially, Ag Day was more than a week ago, but California agricultural organizations, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and various state workers, elected leaders and friends will fill the State Capitol grounds next Wednesday for an Ag Day Celebration. Booths will features lots of items from flowers to trees to Foster Farms T Shirts and California Poultry Federation recipe cards. Read More

06 MAR

National Turkey Federation, a USDA MyPlate Partner, announces “What’s on MyPlate?” Day

National Turkey Federation (NTF) today teamed up with the nearly 6,000 USDA partners to make March 8, 2012, "What’s on MyPlate?" Day, to heighten public awareness of the importance of choosing foods for a healthy meal.  NTF is committed to promoting a diet that reflects the latest recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and highlights the message behind the new MyPlate food icon.  Turkey is a perfect choice as it is a nutrient-rich protein, low in fat, and is available in a wide variety of different cuts and products.  Read More  

02 MAR

USDA takes next step to modernize department as part of blueprint for stronger service

As part of a continuing effort to build a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that meets the evolving needs of a 21st century agricultural economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today informed Congress that in 90 days he plans to approve consolidation of 131 Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices with other USDA service centers, consistent with provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill. Under the Blueprint for Stronger Service announced on January 9, Vilsack laid out USDA’s plans to modernize and accelerate service delivery while improving the customer experience through use of innovative technologies and business solutions.  Read More     

02 MAR

Foster Farms announces Third Annual Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest

The West Coast’s premier Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest is inviting home, amateur and professional chefs to stir up locally-inspired cooking creativity with the call for entries for the third annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest (entries accepted beginning February 29). The winner will receive a grand prize of $10,000 plus a one-year supply of Foster Farms fresh chicken*. The deadline to enter is June 3, 2012 at 11:59:59 p.m. PDT. Foster Farms is encouraging residents of California, Oregon and Washington to submit their favorite, original, fresh chicken recipes for consideration for a chance at the coveted grand prize. Recipes must feature Foster Farms fresh chicken and should be inspired by fresh ingredients grown on the West Coast as a testament to Foster Farms’ commitment to foods that are fresh, locally grown and always natural. Read More

27 FEB

Chicken continues to dominate the dinner plate, “Power of Meat” report finds

Chicken continues to dominate the center-of-the plate, although American families like variety in their evening meals with many mixing their choice of dinner proteins throughout the typical week, according to the "2012 Power of Meat" report issued this week at the Meat Conference. Chicken is served four or more times per week at dinner by 10 percent of consumers, while 53 percent serve chicken one to three times per week, and 14 percent serve it less than once a week.  Only 3 percent never have chicken for dinner. Read More

24 FEB

Karen Ross visits Turlock CAHFS lab

California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross toured the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory in Turlock last week, escorted by State Veterinarian Annette Whiteford, Lab Director Richard Breitmeyer, Turlock lab Branch Chief Bruce Charlton, dairyman and former CDFA Undersecretary Chuck Ahlem and CPF President Bill Mattos. The Turlock lab serves the vast poultry industry primarily in the north Valley, (but receives birds from throughout the state and the West Coast) and is located in some of the oldest buildings in the lab system. The government, University of California and industry are pursuing ways to expand the lab at a new location and include all livestock diagnostic services. Ross was impressed with the facility personnel and the work accomplished in Turlock. She assured everyone that she would like to see a new facility at some time and would continue working with industry and the University to make it happen.