07 OCT

HSUS CEO makes bid for seat on Tyson board

Wayne Pacelle, chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), announced he is running for a slot on the Tyson Foods, Inc. board of directors with help from New York billionaire Carl Icahn.
Pacelle noted that more than 30 major retailers and food companies have committed to requiring pork producers to phase out gestation stalls. That list does not include Tyson Foods, but Pacelle said that, as a board member, he would urge the company to transition away from using gestation stalls. Read More

 

07 OCT

US Poultry names rep to Ranchers Alliance board

The US Poultry & Egg Association appointed Bernard Leonard, former group vice president of food service poultry and prepared foods for Tyson Foods Inc., as a representative to the US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) board of directors.
Leonard replaces Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of Cooper Farms and past chairman of USPOULTRY. Cooper is stepping down from the post after serving two years on the USFRA board. "I look forward to representing US Poultry & Egg Association in USFRA, consisting of such a wide range of prominent national, regional and state agricultural groups and industry partners," Leonard said.  Read More

07 OCT

Renewable Fuel Standard flexibility needed

American dairymen, ranchers, and poultry and pork producers are facing economic hardships and even bankruptcy from a perfect storm of shrinking corn supplies and soaring corn prices. As one of the most severe droughts we’ve seen in nearly 50 years dries up the corn crop, it’s clear that our federal ethanol policy isn’t helping the situation. While not the only cause of rising corn prices, the demands of meeting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during these drought conditions is stretching our corn supplies thin. In order to provide much-needed relief for the animal agriculture industry, food producers, and consumers, it’s critical that we make our ethanol policy more flexible.  Read More 

02 OCT

Renewable Fuel Standard flexibility needed

American dairymen, ranchers, and poultry and pork producers are facing economic hardships and even bankruptcy from a perfect storm of shrinking corn supplies and soaring corn prices. As one of the most severe droughts we’ve seen in nearly 50 years dries up the corn crop, it’s clear that our federal ethanol policy isn’t helping the situation. While not the only cause of rising corn prices, the demands of meeting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during these drought conditions is stretching our corn supplies thin. In order to provide much-needed relief for the animal agriculture industry, food producers, and consumers, it’s critical that we make our ethanol policy more flexible. Read More

02 OCT

Bill demanding water, shade for farmworkers killed by Governor

Gov. Jerry Brown killed legislation Sunday that would have made it a crime for farmers not to provide adequate shade and water to their field workers. Assembly Bill 2676 required that anyone directing or supervising a farmworker ensure continuous access to shade and to enough "suitably cool" water for each employee to drink one quart per hour throughout a work shift. Violators would have been subject to a six-month jail term and a fine of up to $10,000. If the victim suffered injury, the potential penalty would have escalated to a one-year jail term and a $25,000 fine.  Read More

02 OCT

Found a problem with your food? USDA wants to know about it

Have you ever opened a package from the grocery store to find that something wasn’t right about it, and then wondered who to call to report a problem?  The company’s toll-free number? The grocery store that sold it? Or someone else? If that product involves meat, poultry, or a processed egg product, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service just made it easier consumers to alert the agency to food safety problems, any time of the day or night. Read More

02 OCT

Congressmen urge USTR to address poultry trade with Canada

Forty-five Congressmen urged in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations with Canada be used to address expand agricultural trade for U.S. poultry and dairy, according to the National Chicken Council

The letter followed a public hearing held by Kirk’s office on the issue of including Canada in the TPP negotiations. Bill Roenigk, senior vice president of the National Chicken Council, presented at the hearing a joint statement by NCC and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. Read More

02 OCT

2012 NPIP Biennial Conference

The 41st NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Plan) Biennial Conference was held last week (Sept. 25-27) in New Orleans, LA. Delegates from most of the 50 states came together for a 3-day conference to discuss proposed changes to the Program, and issues facing NPIP and the poultry industry. A half-day session of voting concluded the successful event.

California was represented by five delegates from the egg, broiler, turkey and waterfowl industries. The delegates attending were: Dr. Gregg Cutler, Cutler and Associates; Tom Silva, JS West and Companies; Dr. Charles Corsiglia, Foster Farms; Brian Lee, Maple Leaf Farms West; and John Metzer, Metzer Farms. Dr. Corsiglia also sits on the NPIP General Conference Committee (GCC) for the Western Region.

Bill Mattos, President, California Poultry Federation and Monica Della Maggiore, NPIP Administrator, also attended the conference. The next Biennial Conference will be held June 2014.

California Delegates from L-R: Dr. Gregg Cutler, Cutler and Associates; Tom Silva, JS West; Dr. Charles Corsiglia, Foster Farms; Brian Lee, Maple Leaf Farms West; and John Metzer, Metzer Farms

 

NPIP delegates vote on proposed changes to the Plan

 

 The California Poultry Health Board (CPHB) is the official state agency which administers the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). Description: http://www.cpif.org/images/stories/NPIP%20logo%281%29.jpgThe NPIP is a state, federal and industry cooperative program that began in the 1930s to coordinate state efforts aimed at eliminating certain diseases from poultry breeding flocks and hatcheries. Since the program’s inception, the NPIP has added provisions and changed programs to meet the needs of the poultry industry.

25 SEP

Vietnam’s new strain of bird flu spreading fast

A new strain of the H5N1 virus known as bird flu has appeared in Vietnam, but the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says there is no reason to believe it is any more virulent than previous strains. "In the past, the occurrence of variations in the virus has resulted in limited upsurges of outbreaks and the FAO expects this situation will be the same," the UN agency said in a statement to Vietweek.  Read More

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