18 OCT

Foster Farms donates $100,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank to aid North Bay fire relief efforts

Family-owned California poultry producer Foster Farms today donated $100,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) to help meet the critical needs of families displaced by the Northern California fires. REFB, based in Santa Rosa, serves communities that are among the most affected by the fires, with thousands of homes destroyed and tens of thousands of residents evacuated.

Foster Farms also pledged to deliver 10,000 pounds of poultry products to REFB once they resume their ability to accept and distribute perishable food donations.

“Foster Farms has served the communities of Northern California for decades, and we are committed to helping our neighbors whose lives have been devastated by the raging wildfires,” said Laura Flanagan, CEO of Foster Farms. “Helping those in need is a year-round priority for Foster Farms, and we hope that our donations will give a ray of hope to those who have lost so much. We encourage other Northern California businesses and individuals to support REFB in its efforts to help those displaced by the fires.”  Read more

18 OCT

Governor vetoes Gray’s fair water rights hearing legislation

Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) expressed frustration and disappointment today upon learning that the Governor had vetoed Gray’s fair water rights hearing legislation. “For more than half a century, the State Water Resources Control Board has kept a dirty little secret,” said Gray. “They are the judge, the jury, and the prosecution in the water world. They have zero accountability to the people of California, yet their decisions impact the daily lives of millions of people.”

Gray’s bill, AB 313, would have inserted checks and balances back into water rights enforcement. Rather than allowing the Water Board to write the rules and then unilaterally decide who breaks them as is done now, the bill would have required water rights enforcement hearings to occur at the Office of Administrative Hearings under the direction of an administrative law judge.

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18 OCT

Another Obama decision reversed? Now it’s about food safety

Citing President Donald Trump’s calls for deregulation, Republican lawmakers and the chicken industry are aggressively lobbying to speed up poultry inspection lines – a change the Obama administration had rejected after warnings it would endanger workers and increase food contamination.

The National Chicken Council has asked the USDA to allow poultry plants participating in a new inspection system to operate “at any line speed” they can safely handle, freeing them from the 140 birds-per-minute limit that the Obama administration had established for most plants.

The Obama-era cap is an “arbitrary” limit that is holding back the industry’s ability to compete in the global marketplace, the National Chicken Council stated in its petition.  Read more

12 OCT

CPF welcomes new member– Provisur Technologies

Provisur Technologies is a supplier of food processing equipment, upstream and downstream, as well as full-line solutions. The Provisur name stands for innovative food processing equipment from the initial grind to the final delivery of product. Whether it’s through new equipment innovation or a key acquisition, Provisur is positioning itself to meet the challenges of tomorrow. For more information, please contact Alicia Shoulders, West Coast Account Manager and Product Specialist at (303) 407-0330 or Alicia.Shoulders@provisur.com.

12 OCT

U.S. businesses fear NAFTA doomed; Mexico warns of consequences

The most powerful U.S. business lobby accused the Trump administration of making “poison pill proposals” to sabotage NAFTA on Tuesday, as Mexico’s foreign minister said the demise of the regional trade pact would hurt bilateral cooperation.  The process of renegotiating the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has turned increasingly acrimonious. Mexico accuses U.S. President Donald Trump of spoiling for a “protectionist war” with proposals aimed at balancing trade.
12 OCT

Fall bird migration begins watch period for avian flu

Iowa poultry producers are reminded to be vigilant for signs of avian influenza as wild bird populations are beginning their fall migrations and could bring perilous hazards with them. Doctor Jack Shere, a veterinarian with the U.S.D.A.’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, says farmers need to be watchful because this is the time of year diseases can spread as wild ducks and geese head south for the winter.
12 OCT

‘Big Chicken’ describes how antibiotics changed life at dinner table

All you never knew about chicken and didn’t even think to ask. That’s what Atlanta public health journalist and author Maryn McKenna dishes out in “Big Chicken,” her full-bodied examination of chicken production in this country. McKenna zeroes in on the industry’s longtime reliance on antibiotics in order to quickly grow nice and plump birds for our dining pleasure.  Read more

10 OCT

Animal Agriculture Alliance membership: then and now

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Over that 30 years, our organization has seen changes and innovation in technology on the farm and in communications. Today, the Alliance has 300 members and donors. We have grown from one part-time employee to five full-time staff members, plus interns and contractors who provide critical services. Thirty years ago, the Alliance started as the Animal Industry Foundation with membership from the national livestock and poultry groups, Continental Grain, International Multifoods, Purina Mills, Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis), American Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA, now American Feed Industry Association) and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).  Read more

10 OCT

USPOULTRY announces 2018 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award competition; Nominations due Oct. 16

USPOULTRY is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production. Those eligible for the award include any family-owned poultry grower or egg producer supplying product to a USPOULTRY member or an independent producer who is a USPOULTRY member. Nominations are due Oct. 16.  Read more