Poultry industry facilities with outstanding safety programs are invited to apply for recognition under the Joint Poultry Industry Safety Award Program. The program recognizes facilities that have achieved injury and illness rates below the industry average for three consecutive years through the implementation of innovative and effective programs. The program is open to National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association members with poultry or egg processing plants, hatcheries, feed mills or rendering facilities that have injury and illness rates below the industry average for three consecutive years. Read More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a plan requiring companies doing business with the agency to certify that their subcontractors are meeting labor laws, after groups including the Chamber of Commerce complained. The rule, proposed in December and set to go into effect Feb. 29, was pulled after the USDA reviewed the complaints, Matt Herrick, an agency spokesman said today in a telephone interview. The department is going through comments it received to consider how to proceed, he said. Read More
Click here to read the joint press release from the NCC, NTF and USPEA
A bill that would end future state subsidies for corn-based ethanol is in the California Senate after sailing through the Assembly.
The bill by Assemblyman David Valadao, R-Hanford, would bar any funding from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program for corn conversion after July 1, 2013, when current funding is set to expire.
"We’re thrilled that (the state bill) looks like it’s headed for passage, and we hope once it does pass that the governor signs it quickly," said Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen. "It’s just another one of the legs in that stool that we’re trying to knock out to bring some relief to producers from an increase in corn prices."
The American Farm Bureau Federation strongly criticized a bill pushed by the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers to implement an agreement they reached to replace decades of science-based animal care practices with strict government control. The flawed legislation, H.R. 3798, introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), would set a dangerous precedent by establishing federally mandated egg production practices and banning a number of other proven science-based egg production methods, according to AFBF President Bob Stallman. Read More
Poultry state House members announced on Jan. 26 that they are forming a new Congressional Chicken Caucus, which will take aim at informing their colleagues about the importance and concerns of the U.S. chicken industry. The new caucus will be co-chaired by Reps. Rick Crawford, (R., Ark.) and Sanford Bishop, (D., Ga.).
They noted in a statement, "U.S. chicken companies directly employ more than 300,000 workers, producing products worth a wholesale value of over $45 billion dollars annually with major operations in more than 30 states. Further, there are more than 40 vertically integrated companies that contract with about 25,000 family farmers to produce market-ready broilers, hatching eggs and pullets." Read More
Nominated by Foster Farms
The Hack Family Farm is a fourth generation family farm that not only has deep roots in the turkey business dating back to the early 1950’s, but also in the Central Valley Farming Community. Will and Linda not only know the importance of keeping the family on the farm but keeping it together with their three grandsons taking part in raising turkeys and learning the value of excellent stewardship of the land that they will someday own. The Hacks have made recent capital investments into their turkey houses that not only have improved their flock performance but bird comfort with the cooling systems for summer flocks. The Hack Farm is a diverse farming operation with Turkeys, Almonds and Walnuts. Will has seen many changes and innovations since he was a young boy growing up on the farm. Sustainability is a daily practice at the Hack Farm. Before retiring as a school teacher, Linda was involved in Agriculture in The Classroom. As an educator, Linda has been able to teach her students a higher level of learning about food production, sustainability, and agriculture in general. "Foster Farms and I would like to thank and congratulate the Hack Family on this National Award," states Ira Brister, Turkey Live Production Manager, Foster Farms.
Ira Brister, Foster Farms (left), congratulates Linda and Will Hack on winning the 2012 IPE Family Farm Environmental Stewardship Award
"We are very pleased with the number of exhibitors and attendees on the exhibit floor for IPE/IFE Week," said 2012 USPOULTRY chairman Mark Waller, Ingram Farms, Cullman, AL. "We have had a great turn-out this year, and the energy and excitement on the floor has been evident." The central attraction was the large exhibit floor.
In addition, the show had 895 exhibitors as compared to 900 last year. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the American Feed Industry Association, the annual Expo is the world’s largest poultry and feed industry event of its kind.The 2012 International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo drew over 20,500 poultry and feed industry leaders from all over the world. Read More
International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo show floor
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for chicken wings. The National Chicken Council’s (NCC) 2012 Wing Report estimates football fans will consume more than 1.25 billion wing portions during Super Bowl weekend, totaling more than 100 million pounds of wings. Read More
There’s long been talk about creating a single federal food safety agency. That may become a reality if Congress grants the Obama Administration authority to reorganize the government. According to Pork Magazine, such efforts are already underway following last week’s announcement to close more than 250 USDA-based offices across the country, as well as combining the commerce and trade offices. Read More
The California Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Avian Health Branch, has launched a new Avian Health website. The new website contains resources for the poultry industry and backyard flocks, with links to various agencies, forms, disease surveillance, flock health and more. Click here to visit and have a look around the site.