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

08 JUL

Bill’s Blog: We’ve never been closer to ending the subsidy for corn ethanol than now

The U.S. Senate recently voted 73-27 in favor of an amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. The amendment was identical to the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act, which was introduced by Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.) and Senator Feinstein in May.

“Today’s overwhelming vote shows a bipartisan consensus to repeal irresponsible ethanol subsidies and tariffs,” Senator Feinstein said. “The 73 votes sent a powerful message that the days of big subsidies for ethanol are coming to a close. We must be serious about addressing the debt and deficit, and this is a good first step.”

The ethanol subsidy currently gives large oil companies 45 cents for every gallon of ethanol they blend with gasoline, even though much of that use is mandated by law. If the subsidy was repealed by July 1, as the amendment calls for, it will save approximately $2.7 billion for the remainder of 2011.

The ethanol tariff is comprised of a 54-cent-per-gallon secondary tariff and a 2.5 percent ad valorem tax. The ethanol tariff makes the United States nation more dependent on foreign oil by increasing the price of imported ethanol.

“Ethanol is the only industry I know of that receives a triple crown of government support: its use is mandated by law, it enjoys protective tariffs and oil companies receive federal subsidies to use it,” Senator Feinstein added. “These flawed policies, which cost taxpayers nearly $6 billion a year, must be changed.”

Right after this vote, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a similar bill, led by Congressman Wally Herger, to do just about the same thing as passed in the Senate.

But let’s not get too optimistic. The senate vote was only a primer for what’s to come, since any new legislation like this must originate in the House before the Senate can do anything. Their historic vote was huge for the anti-corn ethanol folks, like us, which is why now we see the House looking to do much the same thing.

But like everything that goes on in Washington, DC, we must be as vigilant as ever, and continue to let our leaders know how important this is to animal agriculture, the food industry, and the consumers who rely on food throughout the world. If you are concerned about jobs, then you should be with us in trying to eliminate these subsidies. These corn subsidies have got to go, and not soon enough. But I urge you to send a note to your member of Congress, thank both Senators Feinstein and Boxer for their work to eliminate these subsidies, and make a pest of yourself.

If you are concerned about corn ethanol subsidies, don’t let today go by before contacting the office of your member of Congress. Now!

07 JUL

Feinstein Statement on Ethanol Agreement

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has reached an agreement with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) to repeal the nearly $6-billion-a-year ethanol subsidy and end the tariff on foreign ethanol by the end of this month. The agreement will reduce the federal deficit by $1.33 billion and invest $668 million in new technologies to reduce U.S. dependence on oil… Full Story

24 JUN

Feinstein Amendment to End Ethanol Handouts Overwhelmingly Passes Senate

Washington—The U.S. Senate today voted 73-27 in favor of an amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. The amendment was identical to the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act, which was introduced by Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.) and Senator Feinstein in May. Read more…

14 JUN

Assembly Declares Sundays as “Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day”

Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day press conference held yesterday in San Francisco

San Francisco Assembly member Fiona Ma urged Californians to "Buy California and Eat California Grown" at a press conference in the Farmer’s Market near San Francisco State University Sunday. She joined Foster Farms’ Ira Brill and CPF’s Bill Mattos in front of the major Bay Area television and radio media at the event. San Francisco Agricultural Commissioner Miguel Monroy and San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner Fred Crowder were also there supporting this resolution.

Ma was the coauthor of a resolution that passed the State Assembly unanimously last week with 61 assembly members signing on as coauthors. The resolution declared Sundays as "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day." Ma said that if all Californians dedicated just one day a week to eating only California Grown, it could represent an increase of more than 10 billion pounds and $15.6 billion in sales of locally-produced food products.

Brill pointed out that shopping locally and buying California Grown preserves more than 25,000 in the poultry industry alone. The CPF organized the support from more than two dozen agricultural groups and members of the assembly, with leadership from Foster Farms, and support from the CPF companies.

The resolution, introduced and sponsored by Ma and Assembly member Cathleen Galgiani, will now go to the Senate for final approval. As a resolution, it does not need official support from the governor, but Mattos met with Governor Jerry Brown last week seeking his support. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome has endorsed the resolution and he urged families, restaurants and grocers to dedicate themselves to California Grown foods.

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