18 AUG

Governors start to pile up against ethanol

Two more governors lent their voices to calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to grant a waiver from the ethanol quotas mandated by the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. According to a release by the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation, in separate letters, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, both Democrats, petitioned the EPA to grant the waiver. Read More  

18 AUG

Ethanol would suffer should U.S. mandate be waived, Vilsack says

Investment in U.S. ethanol production, which along with a drought-plagued crop is being blamed for near-record corn costs, may decline should federal use requirements for the biofuel be reduced, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

At least 25 U.S. senators and 156 House members have signed letters asking Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to suspend or lower mandates on how much ethanol the country must use this year and next. Last week the Obama administration said it’s reviewing ethanol policy. A review is appropriate, while a waiver may bring long-term harm to ethanol investment without having a major effect on food prices, Vilsack said.  Read More

14 AUG

Feed costs to pressure meat, poultry production

Higher feed prices are forecasted to slow red meat and poultry production, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). USDA reduced meat and poultry production forecasts for from July with the expectation that rising feed costs will pressure the pace of pork and poultry expansion and temper growth in weights. Beef production is forecast higher for 2012, according to WASDE. Deteriorating pasture conditions are expected to increase placements in feedlots.  Read More

14 AUG

World powers eye emergency food meeting; action doubted

Leading members of the Group of 20 nations are prepared to trigger an emergency meeting to address soaring grain prices caused by the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century and poor crops from the Black Sea bread basket. France, the United States and G20 president Mexico will hold a conference call at the end of August to consider whether an emergency international meeting is required, aiming to avoid a repetition of the food price spike that triggered riots in poorer countries in 2008. Read More

14 AUG

Obama administration looking at ethanol rules

The Obama administration is reviewing the country’s ethanol policy amid calls from both political parties and the United Nations to suspend annual targets as the worst drought in 56 years spurs corn prices. Twenty-five U.S. senators, both Republicans and Democrats, asked Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to halt or lower mandates on how much ethanol the country must use this year and next. The senators’ Aug. 7 letter followed an Aug. 1 petition from a bipartisan coalition of 156 members of the House of Representatives. "I would simply say that the EPA, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, is looking at this," Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said today in Washington. "I don’t have a statement one way or the other predicting what the experts are going to say." Read More

14 AUG

2012 CPF Annual Meeting and Conference

The California Poultry Federation Annual Meeting and Conference is Sept. 13-14 in Monterey, and again this year we couldn’t hold this popular event without the help of sponsoring companies, organizations, allied members and processing leaders. We need all of you to make this a success. I’ve attached a sponsor form that you can return by fax, email and/or snail mail. Registration forms have been mailed, but you can also download the form from the CPF website, or click here.

Thank you for considering a sponsorship, and we look forward to a great meeting and networking opportunity for all of you.

Bill's Signature



2012 CPF Annual Meeting and Conference sponsors to date

Thank you to the following companies:


Diamond Club AGRECOM Inc., Darling International, International Paper (Tracy Plant), Pfizer Animal Health-Global Poultry,

Wells Fargo Bank


Gold Club Adisseo, Alltech Inc., Baker Commodities, Inc., DuPont, Evonik Industries, Foster Farms, Merck Animal Health, Merial Select, Inc., Pactiv Corporation, Phibro Animal Health, Rabobank, N.A., Squab Producers of California, Tipper Tie, Valley Fresh Foods, Inc. / Rainbow Farms, Veterinary Service, Inc.


Silver Club Animal Health International, Inc., Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., Bayer Health Care, Big Dutchman, Billington Welding & Mfg., Inc., BJK Flexible Packaging, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., Cryovac/Sealed Air Corporation, Cumberland / Hired Hand, Diamond V Mills, DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Agency, Inc., Dorn’s Gas Inc., Elanco Animal Health, Grimaud Farms of California, Inc., Haley Farms Inc., Hubbard LLC, J.S. West and Companies, Jones-Hamilton Co. Ag Division, Label Technology, Lubing Systems LP, Maple Leaf Farms West, Marel Stork Poultry Processing, Meyn America, LLC, Novus International, Packaging Specialties, Inc., Pennfield Animal Health, Petaluma Poultry Processors, Pitman Family Farms, Poly-Clip System Corporation, Strand Ag Supply, United States Cold Storage of CA, Volk Enterprises, Zinpro Corporation

03 AUG

More than one-third of US Representatives urge EPA to waive ethanol mandate; Poultry industry hails

As the worst drought in a half century continues, a bipartisan group of 156 members of Congress is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act immediately to reduce the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate to account for the severe anticipated corn shortage.

Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Steve Womack (R-AR) and Mike McIntyre (D-NC) are spearheading the plea to the EPA because "another short corn crop would be devastating to the animal agriculture industry, food manufacturers, foodservice providers and consumers," according to the letter. The letter urged prompt action by the EPA to help ease short corn supply concerns that would save jobs across many U.S. industries and keep families fed. "We strongly urge you to exercise your authority and take the necessary steps to protect American consumers and the economy," the representatives wrote. Read More

03 AUG

Opinion: Corn for Food, Not Fuel


IT is not often that a stroke of a pen can quickly undo the ravages of nature, but federal regulators now have an opportunity to do just that. Americans’ food budgets will be hit hard by the ongoing Midwestern drought, the worst since 1956. Food bills will rise and many farmers will go bust. An act of God, right? Well, the drought itself may be, but a human remedy for some of the fallout is at hand – if only the federal authorities would act. By suspending renewable-fuel standards that were unwise from the start, the Environmental Protection Agency could divert vast amounts of corn from inefficient ethanol production back into the food chain, where market forces and common sense dictate it should go.Read More

Colin A. Carter is a professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Davis. Henry I. Miller, a physician, is a fellow in scientific philosophy and public policy at the Hoover Institution.
03 AUG

Corn shortage and California

Insight: Capital Public Radio
Corn Shortage & California: The devastating drought in the Midwest is having a mixed effect on California farmers. Corn producers in the Golden State, whose crops are being herald as better than usual, are benefiting from a spike in the price of the crop, which is being driven up by a bidding war between ethanol producers and feed dealers. But California cattle ranchers and poultry farmers are struggling to pay the increasing price for feed and some smaller farmers may have be forced out of business. Here to explain the Midwest drought’s effects on California is Colin Carter, Director of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics at UC Davis; Paul Sanguinetti, a California corn farmer; and Bill Mattos, President of the California Poultry Federation. Click here to go to an audio link of the radio broadcast.