20 FEB

Northwest Chicken Council 4th Annual Conference

This is a reminder to register for the Northwest Chicken Council‘s 4th Annual Conference and Meeting on April 12-13, 2018 at the Riverplace Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Please make sure to make your hotel accommodations by Monday, March 19th. Also, we are asking all our members to consider a sponsorship to help offset our reception and breakfast. We are keeping our sponsorship’s at modest levels, $250 – Silver Club and $500 – Gold Club, and we are not trying to profit from your contributions, but we want our annual meeting again to provide a great venue for business updates, networking and informative speakers. This is Oregon and Washington’s premier chicken event.

To Sponsor/Register please click the following link:  NWCC Form Sponsorship/Registration.

20 FEB

Pork, poultry, and beef associations applaud bill that would exempt farms from reporting emissions

Legislation strongly supported by the National Pork Producers Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, The National Turkey Federation, National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and United Egg Producers was introduced today to exempt farmers from reporting to the U.S. Coast Guard emissions from the natural breakdown of manure on their farms.

Led by Sens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Ranking Member Tom Carper, D-Del., the bipartisan “Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act” would fix a problem created last April when a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).  Read more

20 FEB

Value of US poultry and egg exports up most since 2013

The dollar value of combined U.S. poultry and egg exports increased by 10.5 percent in 2017, a bigger gain than in any year since 2013, according to a new analysis of federal data by the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC). The results reflect the industry’s rebound from the devastating effects of an avian influenza outbreak three years ago. Combined exports of U.S. poultry and eggs were $4.509 billion in 2017, up $427.1 million from 2016, according to trade data released by the Foreign Agricultural Service. Chicken, turkey, table egg, and egg product categories all showed gains in exports last year.  Read more

13 FEB

Grassley wants Perdue to help man the ethanol barricade

Sen. Chuck Grassley came down hard on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week for failing to defend corn interests vital to his home state, even going so far as to compare him unfavorably to his Democratic predecessor.

Grassley (R-Iowa) has been at odds with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for over a year, but his recent remarks slamming Perdue open a new front in tensions between the leader of corn-state Republicans and an administration well-stocked with oil-industry allies.  Read more

13 FEB

House appropriators ready to carve up budget deal

A side agreement among congressional leaders to allocate some of the new nondefense funding to opioid abuse prevention, infrastructure and several other priorities is complicating the plan to write a fiscal 2018 omnibus.

Even if that weren’t the case, appropriators say they don’t like being micromanaged.

“We’ve turned it into a Rubik’s Cube that I think is going to be difficult to manage,” Rep. Tom Cole said, although he added, “We’ll get it done.”

The Oklahoma Republican said the agreement makes it more difficult to divide the new nondefense funding among subcommittee spending bills because decisions have to be made about how to spend the money for each priority.  Read more

09 FEB

Can Americans eat more chicken? U.S. industry bets on growth

As if Americans didn’t have enough chicken on the menu already, production of the nation’s most-popular meat is headed for the biggest growth spurt in more than a decade. Companies including Tyson Foods Inc. and Sanderson Farms Inc. are leading an industry expansion with new processing plants from Tennessee to Texas, fueled by years of profit gains from cheap feed grain and record demand. Even retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. is getting into the act, building its first-ever poultry plant in Nebraska. Read more

09 FEB

Talking Turkey: Seeing through the myths on cages, factory farms and antibiotics

Closing the distance from farm to fork, America’s turkey farmers, represented by the National Turkey Federation, have prepared a new series of videos and resources offering common-sense answers about raising healthy turkey flocks on family farms. Viewers see turkeys walk about freely and safely inside barns without cages, as well as learn how veterinarian-prescribed antibiotics are proven to clear an animal’s system before the meat is processed. The videos also share how healthy turkeys are raised on a nutritious diet of corn and soybeans along with vitamins and minerals, and how turkeys are farm-raised using smart technology and responsible stewardship of resources.  Read more

06 FEB

Court recognizes challenges tied to CERCLA reporting for poultry and egg farmers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an order Feb. 1, granting an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request for an additional extension of the current stay of the mandate to submit reports notifying the National Response Commission of the release of low levels of ammonia from poultry and egg farms. After considering EPA’s motion for further stay of issuance of the mandate, and a support brief filed by USPOULTRY and the National Pork Producers Council, the court issued an order granting the extension of the stay of the requirement to report under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) until May 1.  Read more

06 FEB

Ag secretary Perdue wants input on regulations

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he wants help from agriculture businesses in identifying specific regulatory burdens that make doing business difficult. His vision is to make the U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) a “help mate” or partner with agriculture businesses, in part by reducing the regulatory hurdles they face.  “I’m speaking here today but I mostly want to listen,” Mr. Perdue said during his address at the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta.  Read more