05 MAR

Can Willie Benedetti be forced to farm?

Willie Benedetti doesn’t mince words. The 68-year-old California producer wants to retire, but claims he’s being forced to farm: “What kind of law forces a man to keep farming? There are understandable regulations and then there is BS.”

Benedetti lives on 267 acres beside some of the most scenic agricultural countryside in California. Encircled by the picturesque hills and fields of Marin County, Benedetti argues he is also surrounded by onerous regulations. Pared down, Benedetti believes he is within his rights to retire and build a house for his son, who doesn’t work in agriculture, within the 267-acre farming operation. Marin County officials believe otherwise.  Read more

05 MAR

China removes duties on US chicken but market remains closed to US poultry and egg exports

China’s decision to drop anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties as of Tuesday on U.S. broilers was welcomed by the U.S. industry, but the decision is not expected to have any immediate, direct impact because the China market remains closed to U.S. poultry and egg exports due to an ongoing avian influenza ban imposed in 2015.

The World Trade Organization in January required China to remove the duties, which were first imposed in 2010.  Read more 

05 MAR

Northey confirmed for USDA post

According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey has been confirmed as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation at USDA. Northey’s confirmation had been put on hold by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in a dispute revolving around the Renewable Fuels Standard. Read more

27 FEB

Northwest Chicken Council 4th Annual Conference

This is a reminder to register for the Northwest Chicken Council‘s 4th Annual Conference and Meeting on April 12-13, 2018 at the Riverplace Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Please make sure to make your hotel accommodations by Monday, March 19th. Also, we are asking all our members to consider a sponsorship to help offset our reception and breakfast. We are keeping our sponsorship’s at modest levels, $250 – Silver Club and $500 – Gold Club, and we are not trying to profit from your contributions, but we want our annual meeting again to provide a great venue for business updates, networking and informative speakers. This is Oregon and Washington’s premier chicken event.

To Sponsor/Register please click the following link:  NWCC Form Sponsorship/Registration.

27 FEB

White House meetings are being planned on clash over ethanol, sources say

Top Trump administration officials are planning two summits to discuss possible changes to the U.S. biofuel mandate, according to people familiar with the discussions, as the White House grapples with political fallout from the bankruptcy of the largest refiner in the Northeast. The meetings, set to begin Friday, come amid intense and growing scrutiny of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a 13-year-old requirement that refiners mix biofuel — generally ethanol — into gasoline and diesel. The Friday session is planned with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.  Read more

26 FEB

Talking Turkey: Seeing through the Myths

Closing the distance from farm to fork, America’s turkey farmers, represented by the National Turkey Federation, have prepared a new series of videos and resources offering common-sense answers about raising healthy turkey flocks on family farms.

The videos are available at AmericasTurkeyFarmers.org.

Featuring a series of videos introducing consumers to turkeys raised on corn and soybeans in climate-comfortable protective barns, Minnesota turkey farmer John Zimmerman answers questions in an approachable manner with the view inside his barn. Questions are posed with humor by a cartoon animated tom turkey suggesting the exaggerated myths that consumers are often subjected to about how their food is raised. The videos are formatted for social media and available for online sharing.

“People are curious and like to understand more about their food and where it comes from,” said Zimmerman. “It’s satisfying to know consumers can appreciate how turkey farming is both practical and sustainable, and the answers to their questions are all common-sense.”  Read more

26 FEB

Trump ‘gets what you’re saying’: Agriculture secretary talks immigration, water and food stamps on California tour

“You might already know this …,” Central Valley farmer Sarah Woolf offered politely, before launching on a primer on California’s convoluted water system.

“No, I don’t,” Sonny Perdue, Trump’s secretary of Agriculture, interrupted. “I need all the education I can get.” Nervous laughter filled the Harris Woolf California Almonds processing facility in Coalinga. It was the second day of Perdue’s recent whistle-stop educational tour of California’s $45-billion agriculture industry, and Perdue, a veterinarian and former two-term governor of Georgia, got an earful.  Read more

20 FEB

Pork, poultry, and beef associations applaud bill that would exempt farms from reporting emissions

Legislation strongly supported by the National Pork Producers Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, The National Turkey Federation, National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and United Egg Producers was introduced today to exempt farmers from reporting to the U.S. Coast Guard emissions from the natural breakdown of manure on their farms.

Led by Sens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Ranking Member Tom Carper, D-Del., the bipartisan “Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act” would fix a problem created last April when a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).  Read more