28 APR

2017 CPF Summer Board Meeting and Golf Tournament!

The Summer Board of Directors meeting   will be held Tuesday, June 6 at The Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach, California. On Monday, June 5, 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 by May 3 to reserve your spot in the tournament and make your room accommodations. Phone Sandy at (209) 576-6355 or email sandy@cpif.org.
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28 APR

Celebrate Petaluma’s ag roots

It’s the time of year when downtown Petaluma host its biggest annual event, a salute to the city’s agrarian roots and the farmers who have long been the backbone of the community. The Butter and Egg Days festivities, beginning Saturday morning, will certainly feature plenty of references to the cows and chickens that established Petaluma as a food production center. There will be cow chip tossing, a cutest chick contest and plenty of dairy and poultry-themed floats in the parade.

It was the egg industry that first put Petaluma on the map, earning the city the title “Egg Basket of the World.” Petaluma Boulevard was once lined with egg hatcheries, and while their distinctive brick facades are now home to martial arts studios, chiropractic offices and auto body shops, egg ranchers continue that legacy, producing more than 1 million eggs per year.  Read more

28 APR

A better way to pasteurize eggs

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist and his colleagues have developed a technology that rapidly pasteurizes eggs and could sharply reduce the number of illnesses caused each year by egg-borne Salmonella bacteria.

The device invented by David Geveke, a chemical engineer at the ARS Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research Unit in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, uses radio frequency (RF) waves to heat eggs and reduce Salmonella without damaging egg whites. Read more

26 APR

Claude Thomas Silva Jr. passed away April 20, 2017

Claude Thomas Silva Jr. passed away April 20, 2017 at the age of 91 in Turlock, CA. Claude was born in San Lorenzo, CA on June 24, 1925 to Claude T. and Olive Silva, the first of four children. At the age of 17 he joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific during WW II on the USS Wabash. In August of 1946 he Married Stella Marie Blasquez. He attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he graduated in 1951 with a degree in Ag business. After graduation, he moved to Turlock. Claude spent the majority of his working life in the egg business in California and Oregon. He served the egg industry as a board member of United Egg Producers for many years becoming their Chairman in 1983 and 1984. Read more

26 APR

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.

Perdue won confirmation on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-11, as several Democrats backed a Trump nominee after razor-thin outcomes for his choices earlier this year. Perdue’s cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted “present” but presided over the vote and announced the final tally.

The son of a farmer from Bonaire, Georgia, Sonny Perdue will be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades. He has owned several agricultural businesses, but isn’t related to or affiliated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.  Read more

26 APR

2017 meat and poultry industry economic outlook: Focus on growth

The year 2016 was a far less dramatic year for the beef, pork and poultry industries – as it wasn’t battling bad weather, infectious diseases or supply shortages – and provided breathing room for industry participants to absorb last year’s sluggish export sales, large-animal supplies and falling prices. The overall result, however, was a mixed bag for different segments of the meat and poultry industry. Read more