14 OCT

Denham votes to pass trade agreements to increase economic growth and increase jobs

Representative Jeff Denham voted today in support of the long-delayed Columbia, Panama, and Korea Free Trade Agreements (FTA). These no-cost job-creating pacts will make it easier for American manufactures to sell their products abroad, in turn creating jobs California desperately needs. Exports from these agreements will directly support 440,705 jobs in California alone.

"Republicans have been advocating for these commonsense no-cost job-creation policies for years. These trade agreements are welcome legislation in the Valley where they will create thousands of jobs and promote local economic growth." – Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-19)

In March, Rep. Denham signed a letter with fellow freshmen members urging the President to move forward with these trade agreements to increase economic growth and create jobs in the United States. Read More

12 OCT

AFIA supports renewable fuel standard legislation

The American Feed Industry Association strongly supports H.R. 3097, the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Flexibility Act, legislation introduced by Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.), to give the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture the needed authority to adjust the congressionally mandated Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for corn-based ethanol when national corn stocks fall below specified levels.AFIA believes national food security is equally as important as energy security, and federal actions in both areas must be cooperative and realistic, a philosophy reflected in AFIA’s testimony before a House Agriculture Committee hearing on feed availability held last month. Read More

12 OCT

Jim Costa: Trade agreements would aid economic recovery

Our economic recovery and long-term economic growth depends on a number of factors that includes better access to growing foreign markets, particularly in Asia and Latin America. We allow foreign goods to come into the United States with few barriers, but our products face prohibitive tariffs and other barriers to trade around the world. The current situation is neither free nor fair trade

Congress will soon have the opportunity to vote on pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia that will allow American companies to better compete globally. I support the agreements because they will increase opportunities for farmers and other industries right here in the San Joaquin Valley, helping to drive job creation. Read More

12 OCT

Ethanol subsidies are raising cost of feed and killing jobs in the valley

Washington D.C. – Representative Jeff Denham today issued the following statement in response to a Central Valley business, Fulton Valley Farms, announcing that it will close its doors due to the high price of feed. The high cost of feed is a direct result of the ethanol mandates and subsidies, and has forced many job creators in California to shut down.

“Fulton Valley Farms will be forced to close its doors as a result of the high price of feed for its chickens and 185 Californians will lose their jobs as a result. The use of corn grown for ethanol to meet a government mandated ethanol requirement has increased cost, and as a result, consumers are paying higher prices for food at the grocery store and family farms are being forced to shut down.” said Congressman Jeff Denham. Read More

10 OCT

Denham: Ethanol policy closed Turlock farm

— Rep. Jeff Denham is citing the state’s policies in the closure of Fulton Valley Farms of Turlock, set to happen by mid-January because of rising feed costs.

The high cost of feed is a direct result of ethanol mandates and subsidies, said Denham, R-Atwater, and has forced many job creators in California to shut down. Fulton Valley Farms employs 185 people. Read Full Story

27 SEP

USDA Bird Health Awareness Week

Bird lovers, poultry owners, students, and teachers from across the country are invited to observe a week-long salute to bird health from October 30 – November 5. Click here for flyer. From coast to coast, all week long USDA wants to let everyone know that raising poultry is fun and keeping your birds safe and healthy is important. Bird Health Awareness Week is part of the USDA’s Biosecurity For Birds campaign to promote awareness about the diseases that threaten bird health and the ways to prevent the spread of infectious poultry diseases. Read More

22 SEP

Welcome to New CPF Members

Power House Energy has joined the California Poultry Federation as an Allied Member. PHE uses a non-combustion zero emission gasification process to generate a fuel gas for boilers, engines, turbines and fuel cells. The company sells, engineers, installs and services turn-key plants. The system turns poultry waste into fuel gas and electricity. The company is located in Pasadena. Please contact David Moard at (626) 683-3338 or dmoard@powerhouseenergy.net or Pete Bonacic at westernenergyllc@aol.com for information.

Gemperle Enterprises, headquartered in Turlock, CA, is a producer and processor of conventional and organic eggs. The company, founded in 1950, also manufactures certified organic feed. Gemperle Enterprises has joined CPF as an Allied Member. The Gemperle Enterprise phone number is (209) 667-2651.

01 SEP

Bill’s Blog: Folks… Make it a Habit to Eat California Grown Foods, Especially on Sundays!

“Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day” is now officially every Sunday following unanimous decisions in both the state Assembly and Senate. They approved Resolution No. 42 supported by almost 25 agricultural organizations, including the California Poultry Federation. Family-owned Foster Farms marketing department supported the effort as well, and helped kick off the resolution’s introduction during Sacramento’s Ag Day in March, passing out t-shirts emphasizing that when you buy California Grown, you get your chicken within 48 hours of processing. Read Full Blog