22 JUL

Online Registration and Sponsorship 2019 CPF Annual Conference and Meeting

The 2019 California Poultry Federation (CPF) Annual Conference and Meeting is September 19 – 20 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel in Monterey. You’ll save money with an early registration fee paid before August 23rd.
The online Registration/Sponsorship Form can be found at www.cpif.org. Beginning this year, all registrants will book hotel reservations directly with the Monterey Plaza Hotel. Here is a link to the CPF hotel reservation page. The page also is provided on the last page of the registration/sponsorship form or at www.cpif.org. The deadline for special room rates is August 19.
CPF has customized sponsorship opportunities for you to consider maximizing your exposure before, during and even after the event. Diamond Club, $2,750 donation; Gold Club, $1,500 donation; and Silver Club, $1,000 donation. Sponsors will be honored at the banquet and during our breakfast.
This will be a great opportunity for our industry, its allied members and friends to gather and plan for 2020. This is the only conference of its type for the California broiler, turkey, squab, duck, game birds and other related poultry industries.
Our speaker lineup is one of the most diverse and interesting in many years. Political writer Dan Walters, retired from the Sacramento Bee but now a featured writer with CalMatters, will present his views on the political issues facing California and how the election will shape the next few years. Jim Sumner, president of the United States Poultry and Egg Export Council is featured for the first time, as is Greenhouse Gas Guru Frank Mitloehner, a UC Davis professor and agriculture’s leading voice on livestock greenhouse gas emissions.
22 JUL

Annual Conference and Meeting Sponsors to date:

Diamond Club

Agrecom, Inc.; Aviagen; Boehringer Ingelheim; Cobb-Vantress, Inc.;

Darling Ingredients; International Paper; Wells Fargo Bank
Gold Club

Aviagen Turkeys / Select Genetics; Alltech; Elanco Animal Health; Haley Farms Inc; Marel; Phibro Animal Health; Rabobank N.A.; Sealed Air Corp – Cryovac;

Valley Fresh Foods Inc.
Silver Club
Alpha, Inc. + Chore Time, Inc. + Ziggity, Inc.; Big Dutchman; Diamond V;
Diversified AG; Grimaud Farms; Jamesway Incubators; Lubing Systems; Merck; Pitman Family Farms; Provisur; Safe Foods Corporation; Shepard Bros Inc;
Silvercote Insulation; Squab Producers of California, Inc.; Vitech Bio-Chem Corporation; Volk Enterprises
22 JUL

US consumers buy chicken for versatility, value, variety

Chicken purchasers cite more positive attributes than purchasers of beef, pork, fish and plant-based meat proteins, according to new research presented today at the 2019 Chicken Marketing Summit.
The National Chicken Council (NCC) and WATT Global Media presented the results of a study that explored the drivers for grocery purchases of chicken compared to other meat and plant-based proteins. IRI provided supporting data from its retail databases. The study was commissioned by the NCC and conducted online by IRI July 1-10, 2019, among 780 adults. Funding was provided by Elanco, WATT Global Media, NCC and Meyn. Read more

22 JUL

APHIS Administrator announces several senior leadership changes

Dear Stakeholders:
I want to share with you several changes taking place in important APHIS leadership positions.
Dr. Mark Davidson will be an Associate Administrator, filling the position previously held by Mike Gregoire, who retired earlier this year. Most recently, Dr. Davidson has been serving as Deputy Administrator for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Business Services (MRPBS) after many years in Veterinary Services (VS). In this position, he will oversee the work of VS, Animal Care (AC), and MRPBS.
Ms. Bernadette Juarez will be the Deputy Administrator for Biotechnology Regulatory Services, succeeding Dr. Mike Firko, who is retiring at the end of the month. Ms. Juarez has been serving as the Deputy Administrator for AC since early 2016, after earlier service as the Director of APHIS Investigative and Enforcement Services and before that as an attorney with USDA’s Office of the General Counsel. While we recruit for a permanent successor, Dr. Betty Goldentyer, currently AC’s Associate Deputy Administrator, will serve as Acting Deputy Administrator. Dr. Jerry Rushin will act as AC’s Associate Deputy Administrator.  Read more
12 JUL

USPOULTRY now accepting nominations for 2020 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award

USPOULTRY is now accepting nominations for the 2020 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. 31.  Read more

12 JUL

GIPSA reboot coming this fall

The Agriculture Department is taking another shot at rewriting regulations restricting how meat and poultry processors can treat producers, and familiar battle lines are being redrawn ahead of an anticipated release.

USDA is revising a provision in an Obama-era Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Inspection, or GIPSA, rule that would have clarified violations for processors who give “undue preference” to some producers over others, a practice banned by the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921. The department submitted the proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget Tuesday.  Read more

09 JUL

Online Registration and Sponsorship is open for 2019 CPF Annual Conference and Meeting

The 2019 California Poultry Federation (CPF) Annual Conference and Meeting is September 19 – 20 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel in Monterey. You’ll save money with an early registration fee paid before August 23rd.
The online Registration/Sponsorship Form can be found at www.cpif.org.Beginning this year, all registrants will book hotel reservations directly with the Monterey Plaza Hotel. Here is a link to the CPF hotel reservation page. The page also is provided on the last page of the registration/sponsorship form or atwww.cpif.org. The deadline for special room rates is August 19.
CPF has customized sponsorship opportunities for you to consider maximizing your exposure before, during and even after the event. Diamond Club, $2,750 donation; Gold Club, $1,500 donation; and Silver Club, $1,000 donation. Sponsors will be honored at the banquet and during our breakfast.
This will be a great opportunity for our industry, its allied members and friends to gather and plan for 2020. This is the only conference of its type for the California broiler, turkey, squab, duck, game birds and other related poultry industries.
Our speaker lineup is one of the most diverse and interesting in many years. Political writer Dan Walters, retired from the Sacramento Bee but now a featured writer with CalMatters, will present his views on the political issues facing California and how the election will shape the next few years. Jim Sumner, president of the United States Poultry and Egg Export Council is featured for the first time, as is Greenhouse Gas Guru Frank Mitloehner, a UC Davis professor and agriculture’s leading voice on livestock greenhouse gas emissions.
09 JUL

Annual Conference and Meeting Sponsors to date:

Diamond Club
Cobb-Vantress, Inc.; Darling Ingredients; International Paper
Gold Club
Aviagen Turkeys/Select Genetics; Marel; Phibro Animal Health; Rabobank N.A.; Sealed Air Corp-Cryovac

Silver Club

Alpha, Inc. + Chore Time, Inc. + Ziggity, Inc.; Diamond V; Diversified AG; Lubing Systems; Merck; Pitman Family Farms; Safe Foods Corporation; Shepard Bros Inc.; Silvercote Insulation; Squab Producers of California, Inc.; Vitech Bio-Chem Corporation; Volk Enterprises
09 JUL

CPF welcomes new member Vitech Bio-Chem Corporation

Vitech Bio-Chem Corporation is a pioneer in research and applications of Bioactive Peptides and Nutritional Peptides for animal feed. We manufacture a complete line of all-natural peptide products that stimulate early maturation of the GI system in young animals, stimulate the immune system, increase eggshell strength, increase hatch rate, stimulate feed intake, and more, helping animals absorb nutrients without antibiotics and hormones. Please contact Thomas Shieh for more information: thomas@vitechusa.com or (949) 800-6840.

09 JUL

In Memory of Robert (Bob) James Benson

Robert James Benson, beloved father of Eric, Jill, Chris and Lee Benson, passed away peacefully with family at his side on June 23, 2019.  He lived a full and rich life of 91 years.
Bob was born to Harvey and Nona West-Benson in Modesto, California.  He attended Modesto High School and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Stanford University.  While at Stanford, Bob met and married fellow student, Anne Wear.  They were blessed with four children.
After working as a journalist, Bob joined the family business started by his grandfather, James Stewart West.  At J.S. West & Companies his career spanned 64 years.  As president and chairman of the board of directors he led with a quiet intelligence and thoughtful leadership toward achieving success for the company, family, and community.  Bob was the recipient of many awards recognizing his contributions to the poultry industry and Modesto community including Pacific Egg & Poultry Association’s Industry Person of the Year award and the Good Egg award.
Bob’s life was blessed with a wonderful marriage to Yvonne Conway, and long-term friendships with Bernice Doern, and Joan Bibens, sharing life’s adventures.  Bob was an avid sailor, and competed on the San Francisco Bay in a Catalina 27.  He was a passionate member of the Audubon Society, often out in the wilderness siting and cataloguing birds of all varieties.  His love for travel took him all over the world with the Stanford Travel and Study Tours.  In his later years he regularly attended classes through Modesto Institute of Continued Learning (MICL).  He loved tennis, bridge, golf, music, and theatre.  He was a generous supporter and avid fan of the Stanford University Cardinals football team and the Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team.
He leaves his four children, Eric Benson (Carol) of Alamo, CA, Jill Benson (Ken Woodward) of Santa Cruz, CA, Chris Benson (Betty Jean) of Bloomingdale, GA, and Lee Benson of Brisbane, Australia. His three grandchildren are Michael Benson (fiance Maranda Mobley) of Valley Village, CA and Cohen and Karina Benson of Brisbane, Australia.
The family would like to thank Bob’s long time caregiver, Olivia Java-Gonzales, the caring staff at El Rio Memory Care Community and Optimal Hospice Care.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Bob’s honor be directed to Stanford Cardinal football or women’s basketball programs or Stanislaus Audubon Society.  Bob has been privately laid to rest by his family. He will be missed.

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