08 JUL

Bill’s Blog: We’ve never been closer to ending the subsidy for corn ethanol than now

The U.S. Senate recently voted 73-27 in favor of an amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. The amendment was identical to the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act, which was introduced by Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.) and Senator Feinstein in May.

“Today’s overwhelming vote shows a bipartisan consensus to repeal irresponsible ethanol subsidies and tariffs,” Senator Feinstein said. “The 73 votes sent a powerful message that the days of big subsidies for ethanol are coming to a close. We must be serious about addressing the debt and deficit, and this is a good first step.”

The ethanol subsidy currently gives large oil companies 45 cents for every gallon of ethanol they blend with gasoline, even though much of that use is mandated by law. If the subsidy was repealed by July 1, as the amendment calls for, it will save approximately $2.7 billion for the remainder of 2011.

The ethanol tariff is comprised of a 54-cent-per-gallon secondary tariff and a 2.5 percent ad valorem tax. The ethanol tariff makes the United States nation more dependent on foreign oil by increasing the price of imported ethanol.

“Ethanol is the only industry I know of that receives a triple crown of government support: its use is mandated by law, it enjoys protective tariffs and oil companies receive federal subsidies to use it,” Senator Feinstein added. “These flawed policies, which cost taxpayers nearly $6 billion a year, must be changed.”

Right after this vote, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a similar bill, led by Congressman Wally Herger, to do just about the same thing as passed in the Senate.

But let’s not get too optimistic. The senate vote was only a primer for what’s to come, since any new legislation like this must originate in the House before the Senate can do anything. Their historic vote was huge for the anti-corn ethanol folks, like us, which is why now we see the House looking to do much the same thing.

But like everything that goes on in Washington, DC, we must be as vigilant as ever, and continue to let our leaders know how important this is to animal agriculture, the food industry, and the consumers who rely on food throughout the world. If you are concerned about jobs, then you should be with us in trying to eliminate these subsidies. These corn subsidies have got to go, and not soon enough. But I urge you to send a note to your member of Congress, thank both Senators Feinstein and Boxer for their work to eliminate these subsidies, and make a pest of yourself.

If you are concerned about corn ethanol subsidies, don’t let today go by before contacting the office of your member of Congress. Now!

07 JUL

Feinstein Statement on Ethanol Agreement

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has reached an agreement with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) to repeal the nearly $6-billion-a-year ethanol subsidy and end the tariff on foreign ethanol by the end of this month. The agreement will reduce the federal deficit by $1.33 billion and invest $668 million in new technologies to reduce U.S. dependence on oil… Full Story

24 JUN

Feinstein Amendment to End Ethanol Handouts Overwhelmingly Passes Senate

Washington—The U.S. Senate today voted 73-27 in favor of an amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. The amendment was identical to the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act, which was introduced by Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.) and Senator Feinstein in May. Read more…

14 JUN

Assembly Declares Sundays as “Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day”

Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day press conference held yesterday in San Francisco

San Francisco Assembly member Fiona Ma urged Californians to "Buy California and Eat California Grown" at a press conference in the Farmer’s Market near San Francisco State University Sunday. She joined Foster Farms’ Ira Brill and CPF’s Bill Mattos in front of the major Bay Area television and radio media at the event. San Francisco Agricultural Commissioner Miguel Monroy and San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner Fred Crowder were also there supporting this resolution.

Ma was the coauthor of a resolution that passed the State Assembly unanimously last week with 61 assembly members signing on as coauthors. The resolution declared Sundays as "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day." Ma said that if all Californians dedicated just one day a week to eating only California Grown, it could represent an increase of more than 10 billion pounds and $15.6 billion in sales of locally-produced food products.

Brill pointed out that shopping locally and buying California Grown preserves more than 25,000 in the poultry industry alone. The CPF organized the support from more than two dozen agricultural groups and members of the assembly, with leadership from Foster Farms, and support from the CPF companies.

The resolution, introduced and sponsored by Ma and Assembly member Cathleen Galgiani, will now go to the Senate for final approval. As a resolution, it does not need official support from the governor, but Mattos met with Governor Jerry Brown last week seeking his support. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome has endorsed the resolution and he urged families, restaurants and grocers to dedicate themselves to California Grown foods.

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07 MAR

Bill’s Blog: California’s Budget could have Big Impact on Poultry

California is the home of the freshest poultry in America and the place where organic chicken got its name. We’ve fought for both the “fresh” and “organic” labels during the past 20 years that I’ve worked for this amazing organization. And today, our members, like most poultry companies across the country, are facing the highest feed costs in history and in many cases, national leaders who just don’t get it. Both the price of feed and our leaders’ beliefs will change, but that may take the rest of this year. Read More.

04 MAR

CPF Welcomes New Allied Member: Adisseo

Adisseo has been in business since 1939 and is an animal nutrition product company that manufactures three main products for the poultry industry – both dry and liquid Methionine called Rhodimet, a full line of NSP enzymes under it’s Rovabio name brand and our full line of vitamins under our Microvit brand. In addition, Adisseo is a strong investor of research through it’s research facilities and technical support staff that service the poultry industry both from a nutritional and technical support function. The poultry representative in California is Ben Tarr. Feel free to get in contact with him at 404-713-5830.

03 MAR

CPF Welcomes new member: Packaging Specialties

Packaging Specialties, our printing division, was founded by Hays Biggs in 1974 with an initial focus on the U.S. Poultry tray pack market. We pioneered the use of printed PVC stretch films for poultry products and carried this packaging technology to the produce and red meat industries as well as others. Our printing capabilities transitioned from simple line art graphics to high end process art on a variety of films ranging from polyolefin films, polyethylene films, foils and barrier films to ridged PVC films and other structured materials. We opened our second printing plant in Gainesville, Georgia in 1981 to provide better service to customers on the eastern seaboard. Our third printing plant, located in the South Central Idaho city of Burley, brings additional printing capacity and improved customer service to our west coast customers. With three strategically located printing facilities, we provide printed films to customers in over 20 different food and non-food industries with graphic composition from one-color continuous printing to 10-color process printing.

Pacmac, our machine division, was created in 1978 to help the processing of printed films in our poultry customer production areas. Pacmac originally helped train operators on tray wrapping equipment to improve production efficiencies in our customer plants. We developed preventative maintenance programs, refurbished existing equipment, and lead the way in machine innovation with our own Pacmac 9000 tray wrapping machine. In 1990, Pacmac introduced a VFFS machine that was the first VFFS production machine to apply recloseable zippers at high speed in the vertical machine market. Large bags, small bags, side or bottom gusset bags, vertical or horizontal zipper application, all produced at production speeds needed for top efficiency with any type of flexible film requirements is the standard for Pacmac equipment. Pacmac machines can run either single, one structure films or multi-layer laminated films of most structures. Today, Pacmac services over 20 different food and non-food industries and sets the standard for performance, quality, and innovation.

For over 35 years, Packaging Specialties has been a leader in innovation, quality and service in printed packaging materials and packaging machinery. We have accomplished this by keeping our focus on one simple principle we began this company with – Caring for every customer in a manner that meets and surpasses all their needs and expectations.

03 MAR

Alltech Cracks the Egg at 27th International Symposium


Whether the chicken or the egg came first, building and maintaining a strong poultry brand is important. Alltech’s 27th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium will address these challenges and provide insights and solutions to the issues that plague the poultry industry. The Symposium, entitled The Game Changers: Creative Concepts for Agribusiness to Respond to Relentless Commoditization and to Innovate for a Greener Future will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Ky., USA from May 22-25, 2011.

“With poultry companies being squeezed from both ends from consumer demands increasing on one side while unprecedented feed prices push from the other, there has never been a more important time for innovation,” said Nick Adams, Western North America sales manager for Alltech. “Adaptability to these various pressures will be key to survival as we move forward.”

Symposium attendees will hear from and interact with poultry industry experts during the following informational seminars:


          Building and maintaining a strong poultry brand – Challenges faced by the technical team

o   B. Stewart-Brown, Perdue Farms, Inc., Maryland, USA



          The big shift – How rising grain prices are impacting poultry production. Coping with ingredient quality issues

o   P. Smith, Tyson Foods, Inc., Arkansas, USA



          Progressive Nutrition: Applications of Algae for Animal Health

o   J. Pierce, Alltech, Kentucky, USA



          Systematic and intestinal challenges – What does it cost the bird?

o   T. Applegate, Purdue University, Indiana, USA



          What is your salmonella strategy? Lessons from the North American egg industry

o   G. Cutler, Cutler Associates International, California, USA



          The impending grain crisis  – Using SSF to avail of novel raw materials

o   A. Gernat, Escuela Agricola El Zamorano, Tegucigalpa, Honduras



          Harnessing the power of genomics – How it will change the way we feed broilers and address the consumer agenda

o   J. Hardiman, Cobb-Vantress, Arkansas, USA



          Closing the processing-nutritionist feedback loop – The hidden cost of nutrition – Meat quality information gap

o   F. Nunes, Poultry Processing Consultant, Parana, Brazil



          Six things you did not know about the eggshell – Game-changing approaches to feeding the hen

o   S. Solomon, Vigonac, Brantome, France



          The broiler chick paradox – How in ovo feeding activates gene expression and shapes future poultry performance

o   Z. Uni, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv, Israel



          The egg comes first – in ovo feeding and the promise of perinatal nutrition

o   P. Ferket, North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA

To secure your place at the 2011 Alltech International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium, please visit Alltech’s Symposium site. For more information, please email symposium@alltech.com and be sure to join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag: #AlltechSymposium. Follow Alltech Symposium related news on Alltech’s agriculture and science blog.

01 MAR

NCC, Other Poultry Groups Join Coalition Against Extension of Ethanol Subsidy

WASHINGTON – March 1, 2011 — The National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and several state poultry federations are among a vast coalition of 90 organizations opposing extension of the blenders’ credit that subsidizes the production of ethanol.  The groups sent letters to the leaders of Congress today calling on them to let the tax credit expire on schedule at the end of 2011.  The ethanol industry is lobbying Congress for an extension.  

“Congress has the opportunity to end the $6 billion a year subsidy to gasoline refiners who blend corn ethanol into gasoline,” the letter said.  “At a time of spiraling deficits, we do not believe Congress should continue subsidizing gasoline refiners for something that they are already required to do by the Renewable Fuels Standard.”

A coalition of 90 business associations, taxpayer advocates, hunger and development organizations, agricultural groups, free-market groups, religious organizations, environmental groups, budget hawks, and public interest organizations today sent the letter to Congressional leadership urging Congress to let the refundable Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) expire and to resist calls for spending on infrastructure for conventional biofuels.

In addition to NCC and USPOULTRY, the letter was signed by the state associations representing the poultry industry in Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

In the letter, the coalition says:

“The undersigned diverse group of business associations, taxpayer advocates, hunger and development organizations, agricultural groups, free-market groups, religious organizations, environmental groups, budget hawks, and public interest organizations urge you to allow the refundable Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) to sunset this year and to resist calls for spending on infrastructure for conventional biofuels.

“In particular, Congress has the opportunity to end the $6 billion a year subsidy to gasoline refiners who blend corn ethanol into gasoline. At a time of spiraling deficits, we do not believe Congress should continue subsidizing gasoline refiners for something that they are already required to do by the Renewable Fuels Standard.

“Experts like the Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability Office have concluded that the subsidy is unnecessary, and leading economists agree that ending it would have little impact on ethanol production, prices or jobs.

“We urge you to let VEETC expire and resist calls for spending on infrastructure for conventional biofuels.”

The following organizations signed the coalition letter:

ActionAid US

Africa Action

Africa Faith and Justice

Alabama Poultry and Egg Association

Alliance of Western Milk Producers

American Bakers Association

American Conservative Union

American Frozen Food Institute

Americans for Limited Government

Americans for Prosperity

American Jewish World Service

American Meat Institute

Beyond Pesticides

California Dairies, Inc.

California Poultry Federation

California Safe Schools

Center for Auto Safety

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Food Safety

Clean Air Task Force

Clean Water Action

Citizens for Tax Justice

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Dairy Producers of New Mexico

Dairy Producers of Utah

Environment America

Environmental Working Group

Foreign Policy in Focus

Freedom Action


Friends of the Earth

Heartland Institute

Georgia Poultry Federation

Greenpeace USA

Grocery Manufacturers Association

Idaho Dairymen’s Association

Indiana State Poultry Association

International Center for Technology Assessment

International Dairy Foods Association

John Locke Foundation


Leadership Conference of Women Religious

League of Conservation Voters

Maryknoll Office of Global Concern

Milk Producers Council

Mississippi Poultry Association


National Audubon Society

National Catholic Rural Life Conference

National Council of Chain Restaurants

National Chicken Council

National Meat Association

National Restaurant Association

National Retail Federation

National Taxpayers Union

National Turkey Federation

National Wildlife Federation

Natural Resources Defense Council

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

North Carolina Poultry Federation

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance

Northeast Organic Farming Association — Interstate Council (NOFA-IC)

Northwest Environmental Defense Center

Northwest Dairy Association

Oil Change International

Oxfam America

Partners for the Land & Agricultural Needs of Traditional Peoples (PLANT)

The Poultry Federation

Public Citizen

Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)

Safe Climate Campaign

The SafeLawns Foundation

Sierra Club

Snack Food Association

Southeast Milk Inc.

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Southern Horticulture

Taxpayers for Common Sense

Tennessee Poultry Association

Texas Poultry Federation

U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

Union of Concerned Scientists

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth

Virginia Poultry Federation

Washington Cattle Feeders Association

Washington State Dairy Federation

The Watershed Partnership

World Wildlife Fund

01 MAR

NCC Applauds Georgia Governor’s Call for Withdrawal of GIPSA Rule

WASHINGTON – MARCH 1, 2011 – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is right to recommend that the U.S. Department of Agriculture withdraw its proposed rule on the production and marketing of poultry and livestock because it would be “costly and disruptive” and goes beyond the intent of Congress, the National Chicken Council said today.

“Governor Deal’s comments are right on target and should be considered seriously by the Agriculture Department,” said NCC President George Watts.  “The proposed rule should be withdrawn and reworked.”

In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Deal said the rule proposed by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) would “drastically change” the long-standing contractual relationships between poultry companies and the farmers who work with them to raise birds. 

“Such a change would undoubtedly create a very costly and disruptive situation in Georgia and across the country where poultry is grown,” Deal wrote.

Deal, an attorney who served in Congress for 18 years before being elected Georgia’s governor last fall, said the GIPSA rule “goes well beyond” the intent of Congress when it directed the agency to make certain changes in its regulations as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.  He said Congress had already considered the issue of what is called “competitive injury” and decided that it was being handled appropriately by the courts.

“It would be not only inappropriate but an action exceeding the Department’s regulatory authority to not honor Congress’ mandate on this issue,” Deal said.  He said USDA should craft a final rule that “more closely adheres” to Congressional intent.

“Permit me to suggest that the best way to do this is to withdraw the current proposal and reissue a much more acceptable, pragmatic rule,” he wrote.

USDA is in the processing of considering the thousands of comments that were filed on the proposed rule.  The agency has set no deadline for finalizing its process.

The National Chicken Council represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce and process chickens.  Member companies of NCC account for more than 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.