03 APR

Last chance to order Cal Ag license plates

The April 6th application deadline to obtain a specialized California Ag Plate is quickly approaching. Ag Council encourages members and friends to show their support for agricultural education in California by purchasing a specialized Cal Ag License Plate. Click here for the online form to order a Cal Ag License Plate now.  To read answers to frequently asked questions about the program, click here.

The majority of the funds for the special plates will go toward agricultural education, agricultural career awareness and training, and youth leadership development in California. Read More

30 MAR

Biosecurity panel reconvenes to reexamine controversial bird flu studies

A bid from some quarters in the U.S. to resolve the ongoing controversy over two unpublished bird flu studies will begin to play out over the next two days as government biosecurity advisers reconvene to reconsider the issue. The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity will meet Thursday and Friday in Washington, D.C., to go over revised versions of the two studies and hear about the work from their principal authors, noted flu virologists Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Then the group will have to decide whether to advise the U.S. government to withdraw its objection to full publication of the papers, continue to press for publication in abbreviated form or suggest the studies should not be published at all. Read More

29 MAR

SF legislator makes valley farming a priority

At last report, San Francisco had just three acres in agriculture, most of it nursery plants. But the city has produced a state lawmaker with a strong interest in the farming that goes on around Modesto and beyond. Democrat Fiona Ma serves on the Assembly Agriculture Committee. She often deals with people from farming regions whose politics tend to be more conservative than hers. Ma nonetheless has cultivated respect from these colleagues, by visiting farms and food processors, and asking a lot of questions. "For a legislator from San Francisco, she has been a pretty solid vote for agriculture," said committee colleague Bill Berryhill, R-Ceres. Read More

28 MAR

Announcing National Turkey Federation New Recipe Photo Contest!

Recipe: Turkey and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to put away those recipes for soups and stews and start thinking about lighter fare. The advent of spring also means fresh fruits and vegetables are more readily available. For example, NTF’s Turkey and Broccoli Stir-Fry recipe is a healthful dish that includes some of the season’s freshest ingredients. Experimenting with new turkey ideas and a variety of vegetables opens up many culinary possibilities.

Prepare this recipe between now and June 8, snap a picture of it, and send the photo to info@turkeyfed.org and you could win an Indoor Butterball Turkey Fryer!

Photos will be judged based on originality, creative composition and overall eye appeal.

All submissions must be received by 11:59 ET on June 8, 2012.

Official Rules and Regulations are available here.

28 MAR

Salmonella from mail-order hatcheries an ongoing concern

Please sign here for your order of … Salmonella? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35 Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to contact with live poultry from mail-order hatcheries since 1990. Just last summer, two clusters of Salmonella infections sickened almost 100 people in 24 states. One serotype, Salmonella Altona, struck 68 individuals, of whom 32 percent were 5 years old or younger. The other strain – Salmonella Johannesburg, caused 28 illnesses, 71 percent of which were in children 5 and under.
"These outbreaks highlight the ongoing risk for human Salmonella infections associated with live poultry contact, especially for young children," said a CDC report this week. Read More
23 MAR

Ag Day puts farmers, ranchers in spotlight

California’s farmers and ranchers got a day in the spotlight Wednesday as Ag Day 2012 was held. Ag Day is the California agricultural community’s annual opportunity to give legislators, Capitol staffers and the public a chance to see what’s new down on the farm. Award-winning farmers were honored, and attendees picked up free samples, met rodeo queens, viewed presentations on farming sustainability and got an up-close look at a variety of farm animals. Read More



23 MAR

Ag Day in Sacramento celebrates California Grown

Assembly Member Fiona Ma and Bill Mattos promote Ag Day March 21 on the Capitol grounds. They are preparing for the Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day resolution press event commemorating the year anniversary of the "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day" resolution that unanimously passed both the State Assembly and the State Senate. The resolution declares that Sundays are "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day," and encourages families, restaurants, and grocers to buy California-grown floriculture, fiber, and foods on Sundays.

15 MAR

Bill Mattos Blog: AG Day in Sacramento Celebrates California Grown

Officially, Ag Day was more than a week ago, but California agricultural organizations, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and various state workers, elected leaders and friends will fill the State Capitol grounds next Wednesday for an Ag Day Celebration. Booths will features lots of items from flowers to trees to Foster Farms T Shirts and California Poultry Federation recipe cards. Read More

06 MAR

National Turkey Federation, a USDA MyPlate Partner, announces “What’s on MyPlate?” Day

National Turkey Federation (NTF) today teamed up with the nearly 6,000 USDA partners to make March 8, 2012, "What’s on MyPlate?" Day, to heighten public awareness of the importance of choosing foods for a healthy meal.  NTF is committed to promoting a diet that reflects the latest recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and highlights the message behind the new MyPlate food icon.  Turkey is a perfect choice as it is a nutrient-rich protein, low in fat, and is available in a wide variety of different cuts and products.  Read More