02 OCT

Bill demanding water, shade for farmworkers killed by Governor

Gov. Jerry Brown killed legislation Sunday that would have made it a crime for farmers not to provide adequate shade and water to their field workers. Assembly Bill 2676 required that anyone directing or supervising a farmworker ensure continuous access to shade and to enough "suitably cool" water for each employee to drink one quart per hour throughout a work shift. Violators would have been subject to a six-month jail term and a fine of up to $10,000. If the victim suffered injury, the potential penalty would have escalated to a one-year jail term and a $25,000 fine.  Read More

02 OCT

Found a problem with your food? USDA wants to know about it

Have you ever opened a package from the grocery store to find that something wasn’t right about it, and then wondered who to call to report a problem?  The company’s toll-free number? The grocery store that sold it? Or someone else? If that product involves meat, poultry, or a processed egg product, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service just made it easier consumers to alert the agency to food safety problems, any time of the day or night. Read More

02 OCT

Congressmen urge USTR to address poultry trade with Canada

Forty-five Congressmen urged in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations with Canada be used to address expand agricultural trade for U.S. poultry and dairy, according to the National Chicken Council

The letter followed a public hearing held by Kirk’s office on the issue of including Canada in the TPP negotiations. Bill Roenigk, senior vice president of the National Chicken Council, presented at the hearing a joint statement by NCC and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. Read More

02 OCT

2012 NPIP Biennial Conference

The 41st NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Plan) Biennial Conference was held last week (Sept. 25-27) in New Orleans, LA. Delegates from most of the 50 states came together for a 3-day conference to discuss proposed changes to the Program, and issues facing NPIP and the poultry industry. A half-day session of voting concluded the successful event.

California was represented by five delegates from the egg, broiler, turkey and waterfowl industries. The delegates attending were: Dr. Gregg Cutler, Cutler and Associates; Tom Silva, JS West and Companies; Dr. Charles Corsiglia, Foster Farms; Brian Lee, Maple Leaf Farms West; and John Metzer, Metzer Farms. Dr. Corsiglia also sits on the NPIP General Conference Committee (GCC) for the Western Region.

Bill Mattos, President, California Poultry Federation and Monica Della Maggiore, NPIP Administrator, also attended the conference. The next Biennial Conference will be held June 2014.

California Delegates from L-R: Dr. Gregg Cutler, Cutler and Associates; Tom Silva, JS West; Dr. Charles Corsiglia, Foster Farms; Brian Lee, Maple Leaf Farms West; and John Metzer, Metzer Farms


NPIP delegates vote on proposed changes to the Plan


 The California Poultry Health Board (CPHB) is the official state agency which administers the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). Description: http://www.cpif.org/images/stories/NPIP%20logo%281%29.jpgThe NPIP is a state, federal and industry cooperative program that began in the 1930s to coordinate state efforts aimed at eliminating certain diseases from poultry breeding flocks and hatcheries. Since the program’s inception, the NPIP has added provisions and changed programs to meet the needs of the poultry industry.

25 SEP

Vietnam’s new strain of bird flu spreading fast

A new strain of the H5N1 virus known as bird flu has appeared in Vietnam, but the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says there is no reason to believe it is any more virulent than previous strains. "In the past, the occurrence of variations in the virus has resulted in limited upsurges of outbreaks and the FAO expects this situation will be the same," the UN agency said in a statement to Vietweek.  Read More

25 SEP

U.S. dairy, poultry producers press for Canada market openings

The United States must fix mistakes it made in the North American Free Trade Agreement by insisting in new trade talks with Canada on unrestricted access to that country’s poultry and dairy market, U.S. agricultural groups said on Monday. "All we’re asking is that we have an open and free fair trade shot at the border," Bill Roenigk, senior vice president at the National Chicken Council, said at a hearing conducted by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact.  Read More

24 SEP

Goodlatte meets with farmers, businesses about ethanol mandate

Sixth District Rep., Bob Goodlatte prefers that the renewable fuel standard that leans heavily on corn ethanol be eliminated.  And if it is not eliminated, the congressman wants the standard at least suspended until corn production can recover from this summer’s disastrous national drought.
The congressman’s anxiety for the agricultural community has heightened this summer as a drought ravaged the production of corn in the Midwest, and made it more costly for Shenandoah Valley livestock and dairy farmers to feed their animals.  On Tuesday, Goodlatte took his concerns to the stakeholders. He traveled to the Staunton Stockyard, to the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative grain unloading station in Harrisonburg and to an Augusta County farm.  Tuesday’s visits capped a two-day tour that included stops in Roanoke on Monday at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and an Olive Garden Restaurant.  Read More

24 SEP

Good Egg Breakfast celebrates 50 years of Good Eggs

The Good Egg Breakfast celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year at the DoubleTree Hotel in Modesto, CA  The event recognizes a "Good Egg" in the community who supports local agriculture. Proceeds fund scholarships for Modesto Junior College ag students. Howard Helmer, spokesperson for the American Egg Board, will return with his popular "how to make the perfect omelet" demonstration. Attendees will have the chance to make a made-to-order omelet. The event takes place October 25 at 7 a.m. and is sponsored by the California Poultry Federation, Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Egg and Poultry Association and Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. Tickets are $22 per person pre-sale and $25 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets or call Sandy at the CPF (209) 576-6355. Table sponsorships also available.