27 DEC

Maryland judge rules against environmental activists in Waterkeeper trial

The U.S. District Court of Maryland this morning found in favor of Perdue Farms’ grower Hudson Farms in a case filed against them by Waterkeeper Alliance Inc.

National Chicken Council President Mike Brown released the following statement in response to today’s ruling:  "Governor O’Malley said it best – that this unfair attack on a family farm represented an ‘ongoing injustice.’  The National Chicken Council and many other farm, agriculture, meat and poultry groups both inside and outside of Delmarva have stood solidly together in support of the Hudson’s during this case – a case that was based on frivolous assumptions rather than facts from the beginning.

"We feel like this was a lawsuit against all of us, and we are pleased that Judge Nickerson ruled that the Waterkeeper Alliance had not met the standard of preponderance of evidence in its argument.  Read More

27 DEC

Safeway surpasses cage-free egg goals

On Dec. 18, Safeway Inc. said it became the first major grocery retailer in the United States to make a national commitment to Certified Humane cage-free eggs and surpassing its sourcing and sales goals for cage-free eggs in the process.

Safeway launched an initiative with existing suppliers in 2008 to have all Lucerne Cage-Free and O Organics shell eggs sourced from Certified Humane farms. Then in 2010, Safeway set a goal of increasing sales of cage-free eggs from 6 percent to 12 percent of the shell-egg category by 2012. At present, more than 15 percent of overall egg sales in the category are cage-free eggs. The company also added the Open Nature label to the Certified Humane program this year. Safeway plans to continue to expand the campaign as their customers respond to the initiative. Read More 

27 DEC

Home cooking heats up

Cooking at home is becoming more common, according to a new survey. Twenty-six percent of American consumers say they "love" cooking vs. only 9 percent who claim to dislike it, according to new research from Mintel. Thirty-five percent of American consumers claim to like cooking, while 31 percent say they "don’t mind" cooking. Up to 20 percent of US consumers describe their cooking skills level as advanced, while 46 percent feel they have at least an intermediate level.  Read More

27 DEC

NCC provides comments to FDA about animal drug user fee act reauthorization

"The National Chicken Council (NCC) supports a science-based, statistically-validated and technically-sound approach to antibiotic usage and data collection," said NCC Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., in remarks delivered today at a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) public meeting about the reauthorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA). Read More 

20 DEC

Share Your Turkey! Photo Contest Winners

Brines, dry rubs, roasting, smoking, grilling and deep-frying… so many ways to prepare your holiday turkey! The California Poultry Federation and its members sponsored a Share Your Turkey! Photo Contest this past Thanksgiving. CPF Facebook friends shared their special whole turkey preparation of a California Grown Thanksgiving turkey. Entrants posted a photo and description of why this was a favorite method of preparation in 2012. Four winners were picked and awarded cash prizes and a fresh California Grown turkey to enjoy during the holidays.

“We are pleased with the different preparations of California grown turkey produced by our CPF member companies. California Grown birds are fresh, natural and taste better than any others,” said Bill Mattos, president of California Poultry Federation.

First place was awarded to Jamie of San Jose. Jamie prepared a traditional roasted turkey and presented it on a bed of leafy lettuces and whole fresh cranberries. Her first place prize was $200 and a Willie Bird Turkey. Second place went to Tiffany of Santa Clarita. Tiffany’s inspiration for her meal was a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner. She plated the glazed fresh whole turkey breast on a bed of black rice pilaf with assorted vegetables. Tiffany received $150 and a credit for a Mary’s Free Range Turkey.

Alice, third place winner, surrounded her whole roasted turkey with sugared fruits for a festive look. Alice’s award was $100 and a gift certificate for a Foster Farms Turkey. The fourth place winner was a photo of sliced roasted turkey drizzled with an orange sauce and zest. Merry of Newhall won $50 and a gift certificate for a Foster Farms Turkey for her photo entry.

1ST Place – Jamie

2nd Place – Tiffany

3rd Place – Alice

4th Place – Merry



18 DEC

Costa calls on Congress to reform RFS

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they refused multiple requests to waive the RFS from governors, 156 Members of Congress and various agriculture groups. Citing that evidence of a "significant economic harm" was insufficient, the administration choose to ignore the calls from producers who are struggling to make ends meet. Read More

18 DEC

United States must comply with WTO ruling on Country-of-Origin Labeling by 2013

The United States must bring its mandatory country-of-origin meat labeling rules into compliance with an earlier World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling by May 23, 2013, according to a WTO decision this week.  WTO ruled on June 29, 2012 that the U.S. country-of-origin labeling program unfairly discriminated against Canada and Mexico because it gave less favorable treatment to beef and pork imported from these countries than to U.S. meat.  That decision gave the United States an unspecified amount of time to comply. Read More

18 DEC

Antibiotics to be NPPC priority issue

When it comes to priority issues, Chris Wall, Assistant Vice President, Domestic Public Policy for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says behind getting the Farm Bill passed and energy policy, antibiotics will be a top priority issue in 2013.

"There’s going to be a vehicle moving through Congress this year that will allow our detractors a place to play mischief with antibiotic usage, so we’re going to have to do a lot of education, a lot of work on that front as well," Wall said.  Read More 

18 DEC

Farm Bureau welcomes agriculture committee appointments

The appointment of three additional Californians to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture will benefit the state’s farmers and ranchers, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation. The committee announced that Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, would become new members, joining Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. Costa, a senior member of the committee, serves as the ranking member on its Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. "It is very good news for California farmers and ranchers that we now have greater representation on the Agriculture Committee," California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. "All four members understand the challenges California agriculture faces."  Read More