12 AUG

Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopts Eat Local, Buy California Grown Resolution

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors has adopted the Buy California Grown resolution and proclaimed Sundays as "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day." Families, restaurants and grocers are encouraged to buy California grown products, because buying California grown products will result in higher food quality, improved food safety, higher environmental and animal welfare standards, and significant economic benefits. Read the Fresno County resolution here.

04 AUG

San Diego County looks to curb cockfighting

A week after Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two animal protection reforms, San Diego County will seek to curb illegal cockfighting by limiting the number of roosters residents are allowed to keep on their property. A steady drumbeat of raids on cockfighting operations has demonstrated that the illicit blood sport remains a problem in rural areas of the county despite the efforts of law enforcement, said John Carlson, deputy director of the Department of Animal Services. Supervisor Dianne Jacob said the draft ordinance before the board Tuesday was only a starting point. Read More

04 AUG

Cargill announces voluntary ground turkey recall

Cargill Value Added Meats Retail, a business unit of Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, today announced an immediate Class I voluntary recall of approximately 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at the company’s Springdale, Ark., facility from Feb. 20, 2011, through Aug. 2, 2011, due to possible contamination from Salmonella Heidelberg. Consumers are urged to return any opened or unopened packages of ground turkey items listed on the Cargill 8/3/2011 product recall list (PDF) for a full refund. Consumers with questions about recalled ground turkey products may contact Cargill’s consumer relations toll free telephone number (1-888-812-1646).  Read More  


To read the news release issued by USDA Food Safety and Inspection service (FSIS), click here.

02 AUG

Foster Farms contract turkey grower claims national title in WWA wakeboarding championship

Minneapolis, Minn. – The quest to become the best wakeboarder in the United States ended for some today, as the 2011 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink wrapped up 11 of its 23 divisions. The top wakeboarding talent in the country gathered today on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis to vie for their respective division’s national title. Among the 11 champions crowned today was Tim Nilsen, who claimed his first national title in the Masters division. Despite choppy water conditions, the Northern California native posted a score of 66.67 to best Mike Vanpatten, Kevin Michael, and Steve Jones in the four-man final.Nilsen, along with the other 10 national titlists, will now represent the United States at the 2011 WWA World Championships next month.

The 2011 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is free to the public during all five days of competition. For those who cannot attend the event in person, just "like" the King of Wake’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kingofwake) to watch all the live streaming footage.

The 2011 Nautique WWA Nationals will also air on the VERSUS television network at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

28 JUL

Chicken and Turkey Production Demystified

The video answers many questions consumers have about poultry production. For example, the poultry industry is constantly asked the question: Are chickens and turkeys fed hormones? The answer is emphatically, NO! The poultry industry does not use hormones. Contrary to the popular myths that abound, growth-enhancing additives such as hormones or steroids are never used. The video explains how, through advances in breeding, modern animal care practices, and the efforts of the American farmer, we can produce poultry sustainably and economically to help feed the world.

The video also takes a look at the 40,000+ family farmers who own and operate the vast majority of small poultry farms, helping to preserve the time-honored tradition of family life on the farm. It is through their efforts that a spirit of stewardship has been set that establishes the standard of care for animals and the land on which they are raised.

These standards extend all the way down to the poultry litter found at poultry farms for which nutrient management programs have been employed for more than a decade. Poultry litter is a valuable commodity to farmers who recycle the litter for application on pastures and crop lands, reducing the need for synthetic chemical fertilizers. Many farmers also sell litter to their neighbors to bring in additional income, which helps sustain the family farm.

Producing poultry for consumption is modern agriculture at its best, and addresses the world demand for food which is safe and affordable. The poultry industry is proud to provide one of the safest and healthiest food options available to consumers, and invites everyone to take a peek behind America’s dynamic poultry industry.

For more information regarding the video, visit www.poultryegginstitute.org/training/, or you can view the video on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cVzxY6Enbg

26 JUL

2011 CPF Annual Meeting and Conference

The California Poultry Federation Annual Meeting and Conference is set for Sept. 15-16 in Monterey, and again this year we couldn’t hold this popular event without the help of sponsoring companies, organizations, allied members and processing leaders. We need all of you to make this a success. I’ve attached a sponsor form that you can return by fax, email and/or snail mail; you will notice that our sponsor rates haven’t changed in 15 years, and I’m hopeful that will entice you to sponsor and make this one of our best meetings ever.

We have some of the finest speakers lined up including, Tom Elam, the nation’s expert on corn ethanol and its effect on the price of poultry feed. He will also provide us his outlook for 2012 and beyond. Former Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg, who is one of the west’s most popular political minds, will give us his thoughts about the state of California and how redistricting may affect the future success of the Golden State. Those are only a few of our speakers. You can go to our website, www.cpif.org , for the latest updates for our fall Conference and Meeting.

Registration forms will be mailed soon, but you can also download the form from the web, or click here, and register right away.

Thank you for considering a sponsorship, and we look forward to a great meeting and networking opportunity for all of you.

26 JUL

Foster Farms gets favorable ruling from USDA on chicken labeling

Foster Farms scored a victory Thursday in its bid to have rivals better disclose the additives in their poultry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed a rule on labeling for poultry and other raw meat products that contain saltwater, broth and other substances aimed at enhancing flavor and texture. The rule would require "common, easy-to-understand terms" so consumers know what they are getting, said a news release from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Foster Farms, based in Livingston, had objected to certain out-of-state companies using the word "natural" on such products.These labels could mislead people into consuming too much sodium, according to Foster Farms, which has mostly additive-free items in its product line. Read More

21 JUL

USDA Announces Proposed Rule to Better Label Raw Meat and Poultry Containing Added Solutions

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a new rule to establish common, easy-to-understand names for raw meat and poultry products that include injections, marinades, or have otherwise incorporated added solutions which may not be visible to the consumer. FSIS has determined that some labels do not clearly identify if a solution has been added to a raw product to enhance flavor or texture. As a result, consumers may be purchasing raw meat and poultry products with higher sodium content than they realize. The agency invites comments on the proposed rule, which is intended to clarify these products’ labels so consumers can easily distinguish them from raw meat and poultry that do not contain added solutions. Read Full Story

19 JUL

Chicken found to be the most environmentally-friendly meat!

Research recently released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows chicken as the best meat for the environment, producing the lowest carbon footprint of the most common meat proteins.


Read about how California chicken producers care for the environment.














15 JUL

WASDE report marks turning point as ethanol gobbles up corn, NCC says

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This week’s report on corn and other grains by the U.S. Department of Agriculture marks an important turning point in the evolution of agriculture, according to the National Chicken Council: for the first time, the government is predicting that more corn will be used in this crop year for motor fuel than used for animal feed to help produce food for people. Read more