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
In its latest attack on pork industry practices, The Humane Society of the United States and a single pork producer filed suit against Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in an attempt to cut off a major source of funding for the National Pork Producers Council. Read more
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
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
The USPOULTRY Foundation has approved student recruiting grants totaling approximately $160,000 to the six U.S. universities with poultry science departments and 15 other institutions with industry related programs. The Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs. Read More
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.
Golden Rooster Award
Dr. Annette Jones
The CPF Golden Rooster Award is the industry’s highest honor, given to an individual or family whose dedication and inspiration is an example for all in the industry. California Poultry Federation’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to honor Dr. Annette Jones as the "Golden Rooster," the association’s highest honor. Dr. Jones is the State Veterinarian and Director of the Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division in California. Her contributions include dynamic leadership as head of the task force to combat Exotic Newcastle Disease and keep it from moving north past the Tehachapi Mountains. She helped coordinate thousands in our state, and she earned the respect of every area of poultry and eggs. Since then she has continued to work closely with our industry to enhance are emergency preparedness and promote quality assurance throughout the state.
Member Farmers of Squab Producers of California
The CPF Pioneer Award honors a man, woman, family or company in recognition of their outstanding dedication and contributions to the California poultry industry. This years’ recipient was a company run by many farmers and owned by their cooperative with processing in Modesto. Member Farmers of Squab Producers of California received the 2012 CPF Pioneer Award. Squab Producers was formed as an agricultural cooperative in the Bay Area in 1943 and in 1983 moved its operation to Modesto, California. It has led its industry in many areas, including: innovative products, packaging and marketing; legislative and regulatory USDA actions; and in the development of Meat Quality Assurance Plans for squab and game birds, as well as leading animal welfare programs both at the farm and processing plant.
Allied Member of the Year Award
Don Sneddon was the recipient of the 2012 CPF Allied Member of the Year Award. This award goes to a person for their exceptional service and outstanding contributions to California’s poultry industry. Allied members help sustain the industry with their support at board meetings and poultry events, their contributions go directly to the promotion and improvement of California’s poultry industry. Sneddon started his career with GTA Feeds, continuing on to Draper Valley Farms and, in 2005, joined Evonik (Degussa). Don earned a BS degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University and an MS in animal science from the University of Idaho.
2012 CPF Annual Meeting and Conference Sponsors
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, 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 HealthCare, 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 L.P., Maple Leaf Farms West, Marel Stork Poultry Processing, Meyn America, LLC, Novus International, Inc., Packaging Specialties, Inc., PennField Animal Health, Petaluma Poultry Processors, Pitman Family Farms, Poly-clip System, Strand Ag Supply, United States Cold Storage of CA, Volk Enterprises, Zinpro Corporation
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has published a notice instructing inspectors on which young chicken products are eligible for carcass sampling in its salmonella and campylobacter verification testing program. Read More
An extension of the public comment period associated with the August 30, 2012, Federal Register notice, "Request for Comment on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard" was announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA notice can be viewed here. EPA received several requests for an extension of the comment period and, in response, decided to allow an additional 15 days, to October 11, 2012, for the submission of public comments.
USDA’s monthly "World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates" (WASDE) report this week confirmed further deterioration in this year’s U.S. corn harvest, thus exacerbating an already dire situation, the National Chicken Council and other animal agricultural organizations said in a press release Wednesday. The coalition of livestock, poultry, meat and dairy groups renewed their call for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a full, one-year waiver from the RFS in an effort to provide producers with some economic relief and to create a more balanced playing field for the end users of corn. Read More