17 MAY

2019 CPF Summer Board Meeting Sponsors To Date:

Agrecom, Inc.; Alltech; Alpha Inc. + Chore-Time Inc.

Aviagen North America; Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.; Big Dutchman USA

Boehringer Ingelheim; Cobb-Vantress; Cryovac/Sealed Air Corporation

Darling Ingredients Inc.; Devenish Nutrition; Devon Trading/Compass Foods

Diamond V; DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Agency Inc; Diversified Ag

Elanco Animal Health; Foster Farms; Grimaud Farms;

Haley Farms, Inc.; Huvepharma; International Paper;

J.S. West and Companies; Jones-Hamilton Co.; Maple Leaf Farms-West Division;

Marel Poultry; Merck Animal Health; Meyn America, LLC; Morris & Associates

Motomco; Neogen; Novus International, Inc.; Petaluma Poultry

Phibro Animal Health; Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care; Pitman Family Farms

Provisur Technologies; Shepard Bros, Inc.; Squab Producers of California

Strand Ag Supply; United States Cold Storage, Inc.; Veterinary Service, Inc.

Volk Enterprises; Wildenberg Farms, Inc.; Ziggity Systems Inc.; Zoetis

17 MAY

2019 CPF Summer Board Meeting and Golf Tournament!

The Summer Board of Directors meeting  will be held Tuesday, June 4 at The Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach, California. On Monday, June 3, our very popular golf tournament will begin at Avila Beach Resort at 9:00 a.m. An outdoor reception, golf awards and dinner will follow in the evening after the golf tournament at The Cliffs Resort, with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Please contact the CPF office to reserve your spot in the tournament.  Rooms have limited availability as the room block rate has ended.  Phone Sandy at (209) 576-6355 or email sandy@cpif.orgClick here for more information.

17 MAY

Farmers could take more blows in latest round of tariff escalation with China

Although the $60 billion of retaliatory tariffs China announced Monday includes a long list of foods produced in the United States, industry experts say the impact on U.S. agriculture is difficult to predict because many of the most damaging agricultural tariffs are already in place.

China targeted the most vulnerable agricultural industries early in the trade war, hitting soybeans and pork with high tariffs in the spring and summer of 2018.

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17 MAY

Vaccinating broilers may help poultry companies improve Salmonella ratings

Vaccinating broilers against Salmonella could be an effective live-side intervention for obtaining higher ratings in the Salmonella categorizations established by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, according to Kalen Cookson, DVM.

“We believe vaccination can really make a difference” for producers trying to get their Salmonella loads down coming into the plant, Cookson told Poultry Health Today.  Several studies, including field trials, indicate vaccination of broilers can reduce the incidence of Salmonella between 30% and 60%. That’s based on tests comparing rehang rinsate samples from vaccinated and unvaccinated broilers, he said.  Read more

14 MAY

Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm

The law and lobbying firm K&L Gates has hired former Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) as a government affairs counselor at the public policy and law practice.

The California Republican served four terms before losing his reelection bid in November to Rep. Josh Harder (D-Calif.).  “Anyone who knows Jeff knows that he is a go-getter,” said Darrell Conner, co-leader of the policy practice in D.C., said in a statement. “He did so as a member of Congress, as a candidate, and as a business owner. He’s going to be a great addition to the K&L Gates’ team.”  Read more

14 MAY

Virulent ND in California sending wake-up call to US poultry industry

Outbreaks of virulent Newcastle disease (vND) that have spread from backyard to commercial flocks in California are providing a wake-up call to the entire US poultry industry about the need for ND monitoring and adherence to strict biosecurity, Joseph Giambrone, PhD, a professor at Auburn University, told Poultry Health Today.

As of this writing, USDA has confirmed more than 400 cases of vND in California that include three commercial layer flocks. There has also been a case in Utah as well as one in Arizona; both involve small backyard flocks and are believed to be connected to the California outbreak.  Read more

14 MAY

USPOULTRY and American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture launch “An Egg-Citing Poultry Adventure” on My American Farm

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, with funding provided by the USPOULTRY Foundation, have launched a new My American Farm game,along with a supporting lesson plan, an activity sheet and an eComic. The An Egg-Citing Poultry Adventure game and resources were developed to help third through fifth grade students better understand the poultry and egg industry, with students adventuring through the progression of stages in poultry and egg production in the game. Read more

10 MAY

Poultry has food security story to tell on World Poultry Day

As poultry becomes the world’s most-consumed meat protein in 2019, the International Poultry Council (IPC) is calling on producers worldwide to use World Poultry Day to engage consumers and critics about poultry’s role in food security and sustainability.  World Poultry Day is on May 10, and the IPC invites producers in every country to join in the celebration in the year in which total worldwide poultry consumption will top that of all the meat proteins.

The celebration comes at a time when there is a heightened worldwide awareness of food insecurity. Total worldwide poultry production will exceed that of pork in 2019 due to production losses from African swine fever in hogs and pigs in China and elsewhere. With 2.2 billion more mouths to feed by 2050, experts estimate food production must grow by 70 percent. Poultry has demonstrated the ability to meet demand efficiently and sustainably. Read more

10 MAY

Trump says China tariffs will increase as trade deal hangs in the balance

President Trump said on Thursday that the United States would raise tariffs on $200 billion of worth of Chinese goods on Friday morning and begin the process to tax nearly all of China’s imports as he accused Beijing of trying to “renegotiate” a trade deal. But Mr. Trump, who made his comments ahead of a pivotal meeting between United States and Chinese officials on Thursday afternoon, suggested an agreement could still be within reach, saying he had received a “beautiful letter” from Chinese President Xi Jinping and would probably speak to him by phone.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen,” the president said in remarks at the White House. “We’re going to find out about China tonight, and I think in the end you’re going to be very impressed.”  Read more

10 MAY

New AVMA guidelines aim to limit animal suffering in emergencies

The AVMA published its first-ever Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals in April to help veterinarians support animal welfare during drastic situations when large numbers of animals must be killed quickly.

The guidelines aim to ensure that as much consideration is given to animal welfare as is practicable within the constraints of a natural disaster, disease outbreak, or other emergency. The AVMA document encourages advance emergency planning to facilitate the best possible welfare for animals during crises.  Read more