25 JAN

Chicken wings to dominate Super Bowl weekend

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for chicken wings. The National Chicken Council’s (NCC) 2012 Wing Report estimates football fans will consume more than 1.25 billion wing portions during Super Bowl weekend, totaling more than 100 million pounds of wings. Bill Roenigk, NCC senior vice president and chief economist, said chicken wings will be consumed by three times the number of Americans on Super Bowl Sunday than a typical Sunday throughout the year. About half will be ordered from restaurants and the remainder from retail grocery stores, he said. Read More

23 JAN

FSIS & FDA Consolidation Being Considered

There’s long been talk about creating a single federal food safety agency. That may become a reality if Congress grants the Obama Administration authority to reorganize the government. According to Pork Magazine, such efforts are already underway following last week’s announcement to close more than 250 USDA-based offices across the country, as well as combining the commerce and trade offices. Read More  

23 JAN

CDFA launches new Avian Health website

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Avian Health Branch, has launched a new Avian Health website. The new website contains resources  for the poultry industry and backyard flocks, with links to various agencies, forms, disease surveillance, flock health and more. Click here to visit and have a look around the site.  

13 JAN

Extremists responsible for attack on CA feed yard must be held accountable

Animal rights extremists are taking credit for Sunday’s disturbing attack on the largest feed yard in California, where an act of arson destroyed 14 trucks used to transport cattle. Thankfully, no humans or animals were injured in this despicable terrorist action. While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, the Animal Agriculture Alliance believes it is unacceptable for any group to praise this direct assault on American agriculture.  Read More

09 JAN

Ethanol eats more corn than cows as herds drop: chart of the day

Ethanol refiners are consuming more of the U.S. corn crop than livestock producers and will remain the top users until at least 2014 as government mandates and exports boost fuel demand, according to North American Risk Management Services Inc.

The CHART OF THE DAY shows that corn use for ethanol rose almost fourfold from 1.323 billion bushels in 2005 to 5.021 billion, exceeding 40 percent of the total harvest last year. Feed, which previously accounted for the biggest share of the crop, fell 22 percent during the period to 4.792 billion as livestock and poultry farmers turned to alternative feed, including dried distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct.  Read More

26 DEC

Expiration of ethanol credit could help ease corn prices

Corn users could see some softening in prices if the tax credit supporting the ethanol industry – the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), the "blenders’ credit" – expires on schedule at the end of the year, according to an economist who follows the ethanol market closely. "With loss of the VEETC incentive of 45 cents a gallon of ethanol added to motor fuel, we should see demand soften and more price competition among the plants emerge," said Tom Elam of Farmecon.com.  "It’s going to be hard to pin down a number, but something in the range of 20 cents a bushel or somewhat higher is likely."  Read More


26 DEC

Hong Kong culls thousands of birds after virus found in chicken

Health workers here began slaughtering more than 17,000 chickens on Wednesday after a carcass infected with bird flu was found at a poultry market, government officials said. It was the first large-scale culling in three years. The cull was part of a series of precautionary steps being taken after the chicken carcass was found to have a "highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus," York Chow, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, said in a statement. Hong Kong officials also raised the territory’s bird flu alert to "serious," increasing monitoring for influenza at hospitals and closed the market where the carcass was discovered until Jan. 12.  Read More  

21 DEC

USDA delays implementation of poultry product labeling regulations

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is delaying the effective date of the final regulations that require nutrition labeling of the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products and ground or chopped meat and poultry products that were published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2010.

The original effective date of these regulations was January 1, 2012; the new date is March 1, 2012. The FSIS is taking this action in response to a request from eight trade associations, which requested that the FSIS exercise enforcement discretion for a six-month period following the January 1, 2012, effective date of the final rule. However, the FSIS has concluded that a two-month delay in the effective date will allow the industry sufficient time to comply with the requirements of the final rule.

21 DEC

CSU Fresno receives $7000 USPOULTRY Foundation grant

California State University, Fresno, recently received a $7,000 student recruiting grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation. The check was presented by Richie King, Vice President of Chicken Plant Operations, Foster Farms, and USPOULTRY board member, to Dr. Michelle Ganci, Lecturer, Poultry Instructor and Internship Coordinator, Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education Department, California State University, Fresno.

"The funding provided by USPOULTRY will help support a number of educational programs at Fresno State," said Dr. Charles Boyer, Dean, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, California State University, Fresno. "The support provides partial funding for supplies and educational materials for the FFA State judging contest including bird cages and egg candlers, as well as lab coats for the poultry inspections we do. In addition, research supplies for a few student projects will be provided by the gift."