Just a few months ago things were looking up. The economy was recovering, consumers were spending, we had a record corn crop in the ground, and both cattle and poultry producers were looking to rebuild and expand production. Then the economy took a nosedive in the second quarter, and a drought decimated the corn crop. Gross domestic product grew at just a 1.5-percent annual pace in the second quarter of 2012, down from 2-percent growth in the first quarter and 4.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Analysts blame some of the slowdown on uncertainty over the upcoming election and fear of January’s approaching fiscal cliff of higher taxes and reduced government spending. However, high unemployment, a stagnant housing market and the global economic slowdown are probably the main culprits. Read More
An analysis of the potential impacts of waiving the federal ethanol mandate was the subject of a web conference Thursday, Aug. 16. In collaboration with Purdue University, Farm Foundation, NFP hosted the web conference, which featured the work of three Purdue University economists. Severe drought has reduced corn production and driven up the price of corn. Faced with significantly higher feed costs, livestock producers have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive part of the Renewable Fuel Standards, which mandates blending of ethanol in gasoline. Purdue University economists Wally Tyner, Farzad Taheripour and Christopher Hurt have completed an analysis of a potential waiver and what it could mean for the ethanol industry and the price of corn. Their findings were presented at Thursday’s web conference. Click here to read more about the conference and to view the PPT.
Two more governors lent their voices to calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to grant a waiver from the ethanol quotas mandated by the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. According to a release by the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation, in separate letters, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, both Democrats, petitioned the EPA to grant the waiver. Read More
Investment in U.S. ethanol production, which along with a drought-plagued crop is being blamed for near-record corn costs, may decline should federal use requirements for the biofuel be reduced, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
At least 25 U.S. senators and 156 House members have signed letters asking Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to suspend or lower mandates on how much ethanol the country must use this year and next. Last week the Obama administration said it’s reviewing ethanol policy. A review is appropriate, while a waiver may bring long-term harm to ethanol investment without having a major effect on food prices, Vilsack said. Read More
Higher feed prices are forecasted to slow red meat and poultry production, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). USDA reduced meat and poultry production forecasts for from July with the expectation that rising feed costs will pressure the pace of pork and poultry expansion and temper growth in weights. Beef production is forecast higher for 2012, according to WASDE. Deteriorating pasture conditions are expected to increase placements in feedlots. Read More
Leading members of the Group of 20 nations are prepared to trigger an emergency meeting to address soaring grain prices caused by the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century and poor crops from the Black Sea bread basket. France, the United States and G20 president Mexico will hold a conference call at the end of August to consider whether an emergency international meeting is required, aiming to avoid a repetition of the food price spike that triggered riots in poorer countries in 2008. Read More
The Obama administration is reviewing the country’s ethanol policy amid calls from both political parties and the United Nations to suspend annual targets as the worst drought in 56 years spurs corn prices. Twenty-five U.S. senators, both Republicans and Democrats, asked Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to halt or lower mandates on how much ethanol the country must use this year and next. The senators’ Aug. 7 letter followed an Aug. 1 petition from a bipartisan coalition of 156 members of the House of Representatives. "I would simply say that the EPA, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, is looking at this," Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said today in Washington. "I don’t have a statement one way or the other predicting what the experts are going to say." Read More
The California Poultry Federation Annual Meeting and Conference is Sept. 13-14 in Monterey, and again this year we couldn’t hold this popular event without the help of sponsoring companies, organizations, allied members and processing leaders. We need all of you to make this a success. I’ve attached a sponsor form that you can return by fax, email and/or snail mail. Registration forms have been mailed, but you can also download the form from the CPF website, or click here.
Thank you for considering a sponsorship, and we look forward to a great meeting and networking opportunity for all of you.
Thank you to the following companies:
Diamond Club AGRECOM Inc., Darling International, International Paper (Tracy Plant), Pfizer Animal Health-Global Poultry,
Wells Fargo Bank
Gold Club Adisseo, Alltech Inc., Baker Commodities, Inc., DuPont, Evonik Industries, Foster Farms, Merck Animal Health, Merial Select, Inc., Pactiv Corporation, Phibro Animal Health, Rabobank, N.A., Squab Producers of California, Tipper Tie, Valley Fresh Foods, Inc. / Rainbow Farms, Veterinary Service, Inc.
Silver Club Animal Health International, Inc., Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., Bayer Health Care, Big Dutchman, Billington Welding & Mfg., Inc., BJK Flexible Packaging, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., Cryovac/Sealed Air Corporation, Cumberland / Hired Hand, Diamond V Mills, DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Agency, Inc., Dorn’s Gas Inc., Elanco Animal Health, Grimaud Farms of California, Inc., Haley Farms Inc., Hubbard LLC, J.S. West and Companies, Jones-Hamilton Co. Ag Division, Label Technology, Lubing Systems LP, Maple Leaf Farms West, Marel Stork Poultry Processing, Meyn America, LLC, Novus International, Packaging Specialties, Inc., Pennfield Animal Health, Petaluma Poultry Processors, Pitman Family Farms, Poly-Clip System Corporation, Strand Ag Supply, United States Cold Storage of CA, Volk Enterprises, Zinpro Corporation