28 AUG

Brazil’s economy to get welcome boost from farm sector

After a tough first quarter, Brazilian farmers are injecting life back into a stagnant economy at a time when manufacturers and consumers are retrenching.

Agriculture has long been known as the green anchor of Brazil’s economy, now the world’s sixth-largest. One of the world’s breadbaskets, Brazil is a major producer of soybeans, corn, sugar, coffee, oranges and beef, and has invested heavily in the past decade to keep up with surging global demand. Read More
24 AUG

California Ag Secretary Karen Ross takes tours at Foster Farms


California Secretary Karen Ross toured poultry facilities at Foster Farms last Friday, starting with the chicken hatchery, shown here with Foster Farms executives Mike Pruitt and Ron Foster. Veterinarians Dr. Charles Corsiglia and Dr. Robert O’Connor coordinated the tour and also included California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford and California Food Safety Lab Director Dr. Richard Breitmeyer. Dressed here in mandatory biosecurity clothing, the group also toured a production house and the Livingston processing facility.

A new nationwide study of key poultry states shows that California has about 20,000 direct employees in the industry and more than 85,000 indirect employees. More than 100,000 California workers depend on poultry for its livelihood. This study was a John Dunham Company report paid for by U.S. Poultry and Census of Manufacturing (Commerce Department) and the USDA.

The wholesale value of poultry shipments total $8 billion in California, almost 10 percent of the nation’s total impact. Nationwide poultry shipments account for $100 billion.

Indirect economic activity coming from poultry production and processing in California is more than $22 billion. "The poultry industry has a huge impact in the economic health of California, and, its worker-intense operations make it one of the state’s manufacturing job machines," says California Poultry Federation President Bill Mattos.


Karen Ross

Mike Pruitt (left), Karen Ross (center) and Ron Foster (right)

24 AUG

Mexico begins phase two of bird flu vaccination campaign

The Mexican government has started phase two of its bird flu vaccination campaign in response to the country’s H7N3 virus outbreak, which has so far resulted in the slaughter of nearly 11 million birds to prevent its spread.

Roughly 90 million doses of the vaccine will be used on poultry farms in the Los Altos region of the western state of Jalisco, where the virus was found. The first phase involved 88.3 million doses of the vaccine, according to the national food health, safety and quality service agency Senasica. Read More

21 AUG

Expert agricultural economists to discuss ethanol & the outlook for chicken and competing meats

Two expert agricultural economists will discuss the situation for ethanol and chicken and competing meats at the National Chicken Council’s 58th Annual Conference scheduled October 10-11 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington D.C.

In the wake of the worst U.S. drought in half a century, corn yield projections are dropping almost weekly and corn prices have jumped 60 percent since June 15. Dr. Wallace E. Tyner, Purdue University will address the impact on demand for corn and corn prices if the Environmental Protection Agency granted a partial waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard that effectively mandates that corn ethanol be blended with gasoline. Tyner, who along with two other Purdue economists have authored a report entitled "Potential Impacts of a Partial Waiver of the Ethanol Blending Rules," will discuss in depth the findings of that report at NCC’s upcoming conference. Read More

21 AUG

Brazil’s poultry output slows in July

Brazil’s poultry output slows 10% in July
Poultry production in Brazil eased in July on surging grain prices that pressured margins and producers’ cash flow, according to Reuters. Francisco Turra, head of Ubabef, the country’s poultry association, told Reuters that 20 of the association’s 80 members were experiencing financial problems because of rising feed costs. Prices for soy have risen 80 percent in the last six months and 40 percent for corn, according to data from Ubabef. Read More
21 AUG

Global economy poised for increased costs

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

18 AUG

Potential impacts of waiving ethanol blending rules

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.

18 AUG

Governors start to pile up against ethanol

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