21 SEP

Thank you to Annual Conference Sponsors to date:

Diamond Club
Agrecom, Inc.; Aviagen North America; Boehringer Ingelheim; Cobb-Vantress, Inc.; Darling Ingredients; International Paper; Wells Fargo Bank
Gold Club
Alltech; Animal Health International; Aviagen Turkeys/Select Genetics;
Dupont Market, Inc.; Elanco Animal Health; Foster Farms; Haley Farms Inc.; Huvepharma; Maple Leaf Farms West; Marel, Inc.; Pactiv; Petaluma Poultry; Phibro Animal Health;  Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care; Rabobank N.A.; Sealed Air Cryovac; United States Cold Storage; Valley Fresh Foods Inc.; Veterinary Service Inc.; Zoetis
Silver Club

Alpha Inc. + Chore Time Inc.; Big Dutchman; Diamond V; DiBuduo & DeFendis; Diversified AG; J.S. West & Companies; Jones-Hamilton Co.; Lubing Systems LP; Merck; Morris & Associates; Motomco; Pitman Family Farms; Rolling F Credit Union; Safe Foods Corporation; Shepard Bros. Inc.; Silvercote Insulation; Squab Producers of California; Strand Ag Supply; Volk Enterprises; Wildenberg Farms, INC.; Zacky Farms

21 SEP

Updated Poultry Biosecurity Information Manual now available

The 2015 Biosecurity Information Manual and self-assessment checklist have been updated and posted to the www.poultrybiosecurity.org website!  Please check out the Biosecurity Information Manual and the Self-Assessment Checklist.  The manual has been updated to complement the language found in the NPIP Biosecurity Principles Program Standards. This website also has training videos, training materials and handouts in English and Spanish.
For producers participating in NPIP, this webpage and information is a great tool to help prepare for your annual NPIP Biosecurity Audit. For more information contact Monica Della Maggiore at (209) 576-6355 or monica@cpif.org.
17 SEP

2018 CPF Annual Conference September 20-21 in Monterey, CA

The California Poultry Federation (CPF) Annual Conference and Meeting will be held at the Monterey Plaza Hotel in Monterey, CA on Thursday, September 20th. A buffet lunch on the outdoor patio will be held at 11:30 a.m. prior to the Conference. The Board Meeting is Friday, September 21st, beginning at 8:30 a.m., with breakfast for attendees before the meeting at 7:30 a.m.
The three levels of sponsorship for you to consider are: Diamond Club, $2,750 donation; Gold Club, $1,500 donation; and Silver Club, $1,000 donation. Diamond Club Sponsors will be honored at the banquet and all other Sponsors will be honored during our annual breakfast. Your names and photographs will be published in our newsletter and in special brochures designed to say “thank you” for supporting California’s poultry industry.
For questions about the conference, please contact Sandy Pohl  in the CPF office at (888) 822-4004.
17 SEP

Hurricane Florence has processors on guard

Major meat processors with operations in the Carolinas and Virginia hope for the best while preparing for the worst as Hurricane Florence continues traveling northwestward to the eastern United States.

An Air Force Reserve Unit hurricane hunter aircraft reported maximum sustained winds decreased to 130 mph with higher gusts, however Florence remains a category 4 hurricane, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km),” NOAA said in a public advisory. “Florence is expected to begin re-strengthening later today and continue a slow strengthening trend for the next day or so.  While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through landfall.”  Read more

17 SEP

USDA details trade damage estimate calculations

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today released a detailed accounting of how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculated estimated damage from trade disruptions. USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist developed an estimate of gross trade damages for commodities with assessed retaliatory tariffs by Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico, and Turkey to set commodity payment rates and purchase levels in the trade mitigation package announced by USDA on September 4, 2018. USDA employed the same approach often used in adjudicating World Trade Organization trade dispute cases. Read more

17 SEP

All is forgiven: USDA, FDA to hold joint meeting on cultured-cell proteins

SDA and the Food and Drug Administration in October will hold a joint public meeting to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry, the agencies said in a news release.

FDA came under fire in July for holding a day-long meeting on the ramifications of the rapidly advancing technology that did not include one USDA representative on any panel. The two agencies are perceived to be in a battle over which will have regulatory authority over the technology that has one foot in the laboratory and one in the barn.  Read more

11 SEP

Farm Bill negotiations in focus

The Farm Bill conference committee met last week to continue negotiations between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The importance of funding the Animal Pest, Disease and Disaster Prevention and Response Program (APAD), NTF’s top priority in the bill, was mentioned at the very start of the meeting by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway. Negotiations remain in the works, and NTF continues to engage with members of the conference committee and congressional delegations from turkey producing states to garner additional support for APAD.

VIDEO: Tune in to the 34:45 mark to hear Chairman Conaway talk about why including a well-funded animal disease preparedness and response program in the final bill is so important.

NTF Members Taking Action: Iowa Turkey Federation’s Russ Yoder in The Gazette: Farm bill must help protect livestock and farm families

Here’s How You Can Help: NTF would like to place more op-eds in newspapers around the country. If you would like to publish a piece or if you can help us identify a grower to sign an op-ed, please contact Beth Breeding. We are happy to help with text, talking points and placement to continue to amplify grassroots voices.

11 SEP

Production systems evolve to meet increasing demand for ‘free from’ food

GENERAL Mills spent five years and built a special eight-storey sorting facility to get rid of an ingredient that wasn’t in its cereal. The company also dispatched a team of engineers to retool machines to sort 450 million kg of oats a year.

“It was not easy,” said spokesman Mike Siemienas. “We knew if we wanted to take our Cheerios gluten-free, we needed to create our own system.”

The increasing demand for food “free from” certain items – including gluten, antibiotics, pesticides or genetic modification – is changing the way companies procure, process and package food. Sales of such foods are poised to grow 15 per cent, or US$1.4 billion, in the US between 2017 and 2022, according to Euromonitor data. The US is the largest global growth market for the free-from trend as consumers seek to curb certain ingredients or additives from their diets.

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11 SEP

NCC slams misleading consumer reports article on drug residues in meat, poultry products

In response to an alarmist and misleading Consumer Reports investigation about drug residues in meat and poultry products, the National Chicken Council today released the following statement:

“The National Chicken Council (NCC) has full confidence in FSIS’s drug residue testing program for meat and poultry products, and so should consumers,” said NCC Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Ashley Peterson, Ph.D.  “The main takeaway is what Consumer Reports states in their own words, ‘The concerns raised in this investigation does not mean you should give up or necessarily cut back on meat.  The findings are too uncertain.’  Read more

11 SEP

CDFA details virulent Newcastle disease response

The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) provided a status update Aug. 29 on the virulent Newcastle disease (VND) surveillance project in southern California, which is now in its fourth month.

CDFA said the disease has been detected at a total of 117 properties in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties in California. Read more