07 MAR

California’s cap and trade auction another washout

February’s quarterly auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances under California’s cap and trade program was another financial washout for the state.
Results for last week’s auction were posted Wednesday morning, revealing that just 16.5 percent of the 74.8 million metric tons of emission allowances were sold at the floor price of $13.57 per ton. The state auctions emission allowances to polluters and speculators as part of its program to reduce greenhouse gases. The proceeds are supposed to be spent on public programs to slow climate change.
February’s auction is being closely watched by market analysts because the last three quarterly auctions in 2016 posted sub-par results. Read more

 

06 MAR

ALL IN Avian Influenza Alert – HPAI Detected in Tennessee

ALL IN Avian Influenza Alert – HPAI Detected in Tennessee

March 5, 2017, Washington – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of North American wild bird lineage in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee.

Now is the time to review and tighten up ALL of your farm’s biosecurity programs. It only takes one biosecurity misstep to introduce avian influenza into your flocks.
Entering your poultry house safely is the #1 thing you can do to be ALL IN and PROTECT YOUR FARM.

It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to avoid contact with wild birds, especially waterfowl. This includes places where wild bird droppings might be present.

Please visit http://www.allinallgone.com/ai-education-campaign/ to review the biosecurity measures that are important to protecting your farm and livelihood. All of the education messages are important, but please pay special attention to Message #9 about controlling wild birds near your poultry houses.

Every person who enters your poultry houses must follow the same biosecurity steps, and every piece of equipment or other item brought into your houses must be properly disinfected. ENFORCE THE BIOSECURITY LINE OF DEFENSE around each individual poultry house.

Any entry into your poultry houses by any person has the potential to infect your flock.

ALL IN means EVERYBODY.

Please make sure your workers, family and anyone entering your poultry houses have a reason to be there and are ALL IN and FOLLOWING THROUGH on your farm’s biosecurity program.

Visit http://www.allinallgone.com/ for updates as they become available.

 

The Georgia Poultry Federation

 

 

06 MAR

2017 CPF Winter Board Meeting

The CPF board of directors will meet on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency on L Street in Sacramento. A buffet breakfast will be served in the Ventura Room before the meeting beginning at 7:30 a.m. The board of directors meeting will be in the Big Sur Room. Both rooms are on the 2nd Floor.
On Tuesday March 7, 2017 there will be a wine and appetizer reception at Cafeteria 15 L, which is near the hotel. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will benefit the CPF state and federal PACS.  There is a $100 per person contribution to attend. To RSVP for the meeting, reception and breakfast, and to make a room reservation, if needed, please call Sandy at (209) 576-6355 or email sandy@cpif.org

06 MAR

CPF welcomes Purina Animal Nutrition as new Allied Member

For over 100 years, Purina has been committed to helping poultry business owners stay profitable in an ever-changing environment.  Therefore, we pride ourselves on boldly advancing animal health and wellbeing by striving to unlock animal potential through the application of novel scientific solutions and programs.  Our innovative products and services are backed by research and experience thru application to help your birds perform to their fullest potential. To learn how Purina can help your bottom-line, contact your local Purina Representative:

Caulder Bookout at 512-731-1744

06 MAR

Trump ends WOTUS, ag supports move

As expected, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Agriculture groups around the nation support the move.

Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif: “The health of our nation’s water is of paramount importance to Western Growers and its 2,500 members who grow more than half of the country’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts. Our collective livelihoods depend on the abundant availability of clean water, which has been protected over the years by the reasonable application of the Clean Water Act.

“However, we believe the 2015 WOTUS rule exceeded the federal government’s jurisdiction as defined by Congress in the Act, which only intended to give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority over navigable waterways affecting interstate commerce. Indeed, this interpretation has been confirmed by the Supreme Court in Rapanos v. United States. Read more

01 MAR

2017 CPF Winter Board Meeting

The CPF board of directors will meet on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency on L Street in Sacramento. A buffet breakfast will be served in the Ventura Room before the meeting beginning at 7:30 a.m. The board of directors meeting will be in the Big Sur Room. Both rooms are on the 2nd Floor.
On Tuesday March 7, 2017 there will be a wine and appetizer reception at Cafeteria 15 L, which is near the hotel. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will benefit the CPF state and federal PACS.  There is a $100 per person contribution to attend. To RSVP for the meeting, reception and breakfast, and to make a room reservation, if needed, please call Sandy at (209) 576-6355 or email sandy@cpif.org

01 MAR

Merry Graham, of Newhall, claims top prize in Maple Leaf Farms’ 2016 Consumer Duck Recipe Contest

From a tropical Jamaican dish to an entrée that fuses Mexican and Middle Eastern flavors, winning recipes in the 2016 “Strut Your Duck” Recipe Contest showcased the versatility of Maple Leaf Farms duck products. The annual contest challenges home cooks to create an original recipe that features Maple Leaf Farms duck and submit a photo of the plated dish as part of the entry.

This year, Merry Graham of Newhall, California, took the Grand Prize of $5,000 with her Crossed Cuisines Shakshuka with Duck Sausage and Duck Fat Toast. Duck sausage and jalapeno peppers provide an extra kick in this spicy spin on a traditional dish from Israel. As the Grand Prize winner, Merry will also receive free Maple Leaf Farms duck products for a year.  Read more

01 MAR

NCC, other groups urge Trump administration to establish position of Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

The National Chicken Council, along with 28 other organizations representing farmers, ranchers, food processors and exporters, sent a letter to President Trump this week, expressing their support of the provision contained in the 2014 Farm Bill requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to establish an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.

“International trade is critically important to the economic vitality of the U.S. agriculture and food industry and a major engine of U.S. economic growth.  Our vast and efficient export system, including handling, processing, and distributing our food and agriculture products, creates millions of U.S. jobs and helps feed hundreds of millions all over the globe,” the letter said. Read more

01 MAR

Rift between the United States and Mexico appears to be deepening

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson  and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly visited Mexico this week, calling the visit “a step toward mutual understanding”  as they sought to cool off tensions that threaten to derail trade and other key agreements between Mexico and the United States.

However, it appears the relationship between the two nations continues to fray.  President Trump has issued a new immigration order to round up and deport immigrants who are in the United States illegally and directing U.S. authorities to deport to Mexico all those who crossed the southern border illegally, even if they are not Mexican nationals. Non-Mexicans sent back to Mexico will have to await the outcome of their deportation proceedings there. Read more

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