22 MAY

Turlock-area students go on an AgEdventure

Third-graders from the Turlock area got hands-on lessons about farming and food processing Friday at the third annual AgEdventure. The Agricultural Studies Department at California State University, Stanislaus, organized the event, which took place on the Turlock campus. Every third-grader in the Turlock, Denair and Keyes school districts was invited, about 1,400 in all.

Participating companies and groups included the Almond Board of California, Burchell Nursery, California Poultry Federation, California Canning Peach Association, Dave Wilson Nursery, Del Monte Foods, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District, Garton Tractor, California Milk Advisory Board, Modesto Junior College, Pitman High School Future Farmers of America, Stanislaus County Department of Agriculture and Stanislaus County Farm Bureau.

In picture: Kim and Katie from Haley Farms and Art,

California Poultry Federation

21 MAY

USPOULTRY has produced a video for consumer viewing on how chickens and turkeys are raised?

From the hatchery to the farm, chickens and turkeys follow quite a journey as they feed the demands of a hungry world. The poultry industry is well-recognized for its leadership in addressing the world demand for food that is safe, rich in healthy protein and affordable. Through research and innovation the industry will continue to be at the forefront of advances in food production, and all the while, preserving the heritage of the family farm and contributing to a healthier planet.

We invite you to take a peek behind America’s dynamic poultry industry in this video from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association; and please feel free to use the video as a source or reference on your own website to help answer consumer questions about how chickens and turkeys are raised.


21 MAY

Chefs say foie gras ban could spread beyond California

With California’s foie gras ban set to take effect July 1, the food fight between animal rights activists and those battling to repeal the law is ruffling more than a few feathers.   

California chefs – in the run up to the ban on force-fed fattened duck livers — have been holding special foie gras -focused events as a last hurrah.  This has reportedly enraged the foie gras objectors who have recently been out in force, staging protests at restaurants like Mélisse in Santa Monica. "People are allowed to eat food, not allowed to torture [it] first," SPCALA President Madeline Bernstein told CBS. Read More

16 MAY

New animal rights push pays people to watch disturbing videos

Along with their cabernet and Camembert, visitors at the Second Saturday art walk in Sacramento this weekend will get a taste of a new kind of animal rights activism. The images they will watch on video are graphic enough, organizers hope, that people will turn away and stop eating meat. Members of the nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement, based in Maryland, are sponsoring the unusual national campaign. In it, they offer people $1 to watch a short video that shows gruesome scenes of slaughter and abuse of chickens, pigs and cows at unidentified farming operations. Organizers boast that it is the largest and "most audacious" effort yet designed to discourage people from consuming animal products.  Read More

16 MAY

Thank You to CPF Summer Meeting Sponsors

A big Thank You goes to the following companies for sponsoring the CPF Summer Meeting. These generous sponsors ensure a successful summer meeting!


Agrecom, Inc.; Alltech; Alpha, Inc./Chore-Time, Inc.; American Ag Credit; Anim

al Health International; Aviagen, Inc.; Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.; Baker Commodities, Inc.; Bayer HealthCare; Cobb-Vantress Inc.; Cryovac/Sealed Air Corporation; Cumberland/Hired-Hand; Darling International; DG Foods, LLC; Elanco Animal Health; Evonik Degussa Corporation; Foster Farms; Haley Farms; Hubbard LLC; International Paper; Jamesway Incubator Company Inc.; Jones-Hamilton Company; J. S. West Milling Company;Lubing Systems LP; Marel Stork Poultry Processing; Merck Animal Health; Merial Select, Inc.; Meyn America, LLC; Motomco Ltd.; Neogen Corporation; Petaluma Poultry Processors; Pfizer Global Poultry; Phibro Animal Health; Pitman Family Farms; Preserve International; RAH Consulting Services, Inc.; Shepard Bros. Inc.; Strand Ag Supply; Veterinary Service, Inc.; Volk Enterprises; Wells Fargo Bank; William C. Loughlin Company; Zacky Farms



08 MAY

Foie gras ban: Lawmakers won’t help out chefs

California’s legislative leaders say they will not help a group of chefs who want to overturn a long-planned ban on foie gras that is scheduled to take effect in July.

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Wednesday he will not allow the issue to preoccupy the Legislature, which he said has higher priorities. John Vigna, spokesman for Assembly Speaker John Pérez, said lawmakers need to focus on the governor’s revised budget plan in the coming weeks. Read More

07 MAY

CPF member Nilsen Farms featured on USFRA Food Dialogues website

Nilsen Farms in Wilton, California and a member of the California Poultry Federation, is one of the featured videos on the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), The Food Dialogues website. USFRA surveyed farmers and ranchers and asked them to share what they wish Americans knew about how food is brought to their tables. The Nilsen Farms video shows how turkeys are raised at their ranch, and how Nilsen Farms uses its natural resources to create create sustainable energy and eliminate waste.

USFRA is partnering with Discovery Communications to continue to help Americans learn more about how food is grown and raised. The videos feature real farmers and ranchers answering real consumers’ questions about the agricultural community’s commitment to continuous improvement and the role farmers and ranchers play in providing healthy choices for people everywhere. USFRA is a coalition of farmers, ranchers and their industry partners, who are committed to continuously improve how they grow and raise food that provides healthy choices for people everywhere.



04 MAY

CPF Welcomes Wells Fargo Bank as new Allied Member

With headquarters in California, Wells Fargo is the #1 agricultural lender among Commercial Banks in the U.S. Our familiarity with California’s agricultural markets, growing conditions, and local economy, combined with the authority to make decisions locally, means we can offer you relevant and informed solutions to your financial needs based on your unique business circumstances. Contact Michael Congdon, Senior Vice President/Regional Manager, 1120 K Street, 2nd Floor, Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 549-5720.

02 MAY

CPF Executive Committee visits Washington D.C.

The California Poultry Federation Executive Committee lobbied Congress and the USDA last week. Here they visit with Congressman Kevin McCarthy who represents California’s 22nd congressional district and is the Republican Majority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives.    


From Left: Richard Zacky, Zacky Farms; Congressman McCarthy; Richie King, Foster Farms; David Pitman, Pitman Family Farms; and Bill Mattos, California Poultry Federation.