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!

Sponsors

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.    

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

02 MAY

Chefs fight foie gras ban, plan simultaneous blow-out dinners

More than 100 California chefs have formed a group called the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards (yes, the acronym spells CHEFS) to fight California’s pending ban on foie gras. The ban on fattened duck or goose liver is set to take effect July 1.  

The chefs — including Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group, Charles Phan of the Slanted Door and Vinny Dotolo of Animal — have signed a charter to promote a proposed Humane and Ethical Foie Gras Act that would mandate regular audits by certified animal welfare experts; cage-free birds; trained caretakers; feeding methods that do not harm the animal in any way; and reasonable limits on fattening.

The charter is being submitted to state Assembly Speaker John Pérez, urging California’s Legislature to reconsider the ban.  Read More

26 APR

Bill addressing attacks on farms moves forward

Assemblyman David Valadao’s (R-Hanford) measure, AB 2177, to tighten criminal penalties for those committing certain types of violence at livestock facilities was unanimously approved out of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday.
Specifically, AB 2177 adds livestock facilities to the list of places where it is a felony to ignite a destructive device or commit arson with the intent to terrorize. A prison term of up to seven years could result from engaging in such action, and the felony charge could be combined with other charges to include penalties of up to 10 years or life in prison, according to the California Cattlemen’s Association, a key advocate for the bill.
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