13 OCT

National Turkey Federation inundates EPA with comments on ethanol mandate

Today, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) in collaboration with its members, submitted over 1,500 comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), requesting a full or substantial waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in order to prevent an animal feed crisis and soaring food costs in the coming months.   

The federation and its members asked EPA for a waiver for the remainder of 2012 and all of 2013, citing severe economic harm to the livestock and poultry industry and the nation as a whole. "NTF collected more than 1,500 comments that spoke with one voice," said NTF President Joel Brandenberger. "Each comment made it painfully evident that the RFS is hurting the average American, our nations’ agriculture, and livestock and poultry businesses. We are looking to EPA to use the waiver process as it was intended. If a waiver is not granted after this clear cry for help, then the current system is irreparably flawed."  Read More

09 OCT

USDA intends to renew National Poultry Improvement Plan for two years

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) gave notice in the  

October 1 issue of the Federal Register that the Secretary of Agriculture intends to renew the charter of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan for a two year time period. The purpose of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan is to maintain and ensure industry involvement in federal administration of matters pertaining to poultry health.  The committee chairperson and the vice chairperson shall be elected by the committee from among its members. There are seven members on the committee. The poultry industry elects the members of the committee. The members represent six geographic areas with one member-at-large.  Read More

09 OCT

Chicken consumption on a boneless weight basis surpasses beef consumption for the first time,

Chicken consumption on a boneless weight basis surpasses beef consumption for the first time, USDA reports 
Per capita chicken consumption, measured on a boneless weight basis, surpassed beef consumption for the first in 2010, according to a report in the September 2012 edition of Amber Waves from USDA’s Economic Research Service.  Fifty-eight pounds of chicken per person on a boneless, edible basis were available for Americans to eat in 2010, compared with 56.7 pounds of beef. Beef availability has been declining since peaking at 88.8 pounds per capita on a boneless, edible basis in 1976. Chicken began its upward climb in the 1940s, overtaking pork in 1996 as the second most consumed meat. Since 1970, U.S. chicken availability per person has more than doubled, ERS reported. Read More
09 OCT

Oil prices, global demand push food higher

Food prices are up, but the global economy — rather than a lack of rain in the U.S. Corn Belt — are likely to blame, a U.S. food marketing expert says.

John Stanton, professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, says increasing global demand for crops such as corn is putting pressure on U.S. food prices.  "Price increases from the droughts are likely to have short-term effects, but global issues can have a longer and greater impact," Stanton said in a news release.

"The biggest cost in a box of corn flakes isn’t the corn," he said. "It’s everything from the price of oil to transport the product to the marketing and the packaging. So something like the cost of oil will have a much more lasting effect on the price of your cereal than the supply of crops."  Read More

09 OCT

Impact of U.S. ethanol waiver would arrive year later: think tank

If the Obama administration relaxes the requirement to use corn-based ethanol in gasoline, the benefits would arrive a year later, with more corn available at lower cost for livestock feed and lower ethanol production, said a think tank on Thursday.
The governors of seven states in the U.S. South and Southwest have asked for a one-year waiver of the ethanol mandate on grounds it drives up feed costs and is bankrupting cattle, hog and poultry farmers. The corn harvest, now under way, is forecast to be smallest since 2004 because of drought. 
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07 OCT

Ron Foster and Foster Farms receive 2012 Distinguished Service Award

Ron Foster and Foster Farms have been awarded the School of Veterinary Medicine’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service as a charter member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, his legislative advocacy on behalf of the

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Dr. Michael Lairmore (L), Dean UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, presents award to Ron Foster (R), President and CEO Foster Farms

School, and the Foster Farms philanthropic support to advance the School’s missions.

The award was presented October 2 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Fall Faculty Reception 2012.

For more than 15 years, Foster has assisted the School-as advisor, fundraiser, benefactor, pet owner and corporate collaborator-and significantly enhanced its teaching, research and service missions. Foster was a charter member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and has served continuously since 1998, currently as Vice Chair.

He chaired the campaign to raise funds for a new dairy teaching facility in Tulare, making numerous trips to oversee the committee for planning and fund raising. The funds also helped support the Continuing Education Pavilion. Through his contacts in the poultry industry, Foster helped to secure matching contributions for the new poultry faculty position at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Foster Farms was also a major contributor.

In 1996, Foster established an endowed veterinary student scholarship in honor of his grandparents, Max and Verda Foster, who started the family-owned Foster Farms in 1939. Foster frequently attends the School’s scholarship awards ceremony to personally present scholarships to the student recipients of this award. More

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L-R Dean Michael Lairmore, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo, UC Davis Assistant Professor, Poultry Infectious Diseases; Dr. Anita Oberbauer, Dept. Chair & Professor of Animal Science; Ron Foster, President and CEO Foster Farms

 

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

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