02 AUG

USDA announces 40 grants for agricultural research

The US Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 40 grants totaling more than $15.7 million for agricultural research on the production of beef, dairy, poultry, pork, and fish that people consume. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Read more

27 JUL

Central Valley legislators protect ag industry through cap and trade

Modesto Bee Opinion
by Bill Mattos, President California Poultry Federaion 
It’s no secret that California isn’t the easiest place to operate a business. However, very few laws have the power to single-handedly threaten poultry and other food processing operations. Yet that’s exactly what we were facing due to a law passed last year that requires California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions dramatically by 2030. Poultry companies were facing one of the biggest threats in our history that could have decimated us and the Central Valley’s entire agriculture industry.
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27 JUL

Poultry veterinarians need to be “the voice of the birds”

Veterinarians need to be more proactive and be the “voice of the birds” on issues related to health and well-being, according to Nancy Reimers, DVM, a poultry veterinarian in California and chair of the Animal Welfare Committee, American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP).  Decisions about whether to treat isn’t a new ethical issue for veterinary medicine. The topic of treating with antibiotics, however, has come to the forefront due to changes in marketing and in regulatory requirements, she told Poultry Health TodayRead more

27 JUL

US poultry producers praise Senate’s call reopening chicken and turkey exports to China

Today, 37 Senators led by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) finalized a bi-partisan and nationwide letter to USDA supporting NTF and its members as we push to re-open the Chinese market to U.S. poultry exports. This letter is a product of NTF’s Turkey Trade Fly-In and the Leadership Conference, with great advocacy work by our industry in visits with your elected officials. We appreciate you all joining us in DC and for all of the hard work in making this letter as successful as possible. Please take a few minutes and review to see if your Senator signed the letter and be sure to thank them for their leadership. We feel confident that a strong letter like this will help move the process forward. Let’s hope for positive news in opening the Chinese market again soon. Read more

24 JUL

Valley Ford turkey king sues Marin County, Coastal Commission over ‘forced farming’ law

Free-range turkey pioneer Willie Benedetti doesn’t want to work forever.
Instead of raising fat birds for Thanksgiving tables, the 68-year-old farmer hopes someday to be playing with grandchildren in a house he’d like to build for one of his sons on his 267-acre ranch near Valley Ford. But he said that’s not possible because of a new Marin County law meant to preserve agricultural lands that would force him to keep farming if he constructs the new dwelling. Now, he’s teaming up with a conservative legal action group that wages high-profile property rights cases, challenging the mandate in a lawsuit against the county and the California Coastal Commission, accusing them of coercion and violating his constitutional rights. “What they are doing is not right,” said the owner of nationally known Willie Bird Turkeys, whose family has owned the land near the Estero Americano just south of the Sonoma County line since 1972. “To put pressure on the farming community. It’s ludicrous.” Read more


20 JUL

US chicken consumption remains at all-time high

U.S. consumers report their chicken consumption remains high although 2017 levels have moderated and returned to those seen a couple of years ago, according to new research presented today at the 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit.

Recalling behavior during the two weeks leading up to the survey, 84% of consumers said they ate a chicken meal or snack purchased from a supermarket and 67% ate a chicken meal or snack from a food service establishment. Both supermarket and food service establishment consumption numbers decreased, 3.4% and 6.9% respectively, and are now at parity with those seen in 2015.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects Americans will eat close to 92 pounds of chicken per person this year, breaking last year’s record of 91 pounds,” said NCC Senior Vice President of Communications Tom Super.  “Although consumers’ self-reported consumption is down slightly in the survey, the data show that chicken is still top of mind for consumers.”   Read more