01 MAY

Two trends transforming the food industry

Personalized wellness and conscious consumption are two of the biggest trends affecting the food and beverage marketplace over the next few years, said Davey McHenry, vice-president of Consulting Services at The Hartman Group.

Technology has elevated the importance of customization in American food culture, giving rise to an empowered consumer, Ms. McHenry said during The Hartman Group’s Food Culture Forecast 2018 summit on April 19 in Miami.  Read more

30 APR

CPF welcomes two new members

Diversified Ag has joined the CPF as an Allied Member.  They are a manufacturer and supplier of poultry, dairy, swine and greenhouse equipment such as the Plasson watering and feeding systems for broilers and the Rotem house controller. For more information contact Paul Sterling at (209) 471-7990 or psterling@diversifiedag.com

Silvercote Insulation also has joined as an Allied Member. Silvercote Insulation is a  manufacturer of insulation systems that are designed to combat rising energy costs and boost productivity. For more information contact Jordan Helms at (864) 315-7225 or jordan.helms@silvercote.com.

30 APR

Criticism of House GOP farm bill grows

Despite repeated warnings from House and Senate Democrats, the House Committee on Agriculture’s “Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2)” bill moved forward for a full House vote – and a possible impasse as written. As the 2018 Farm Bill lobbying action shifts to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, the mantra of seasoned farm organization leaders kicks in – “patience, and let due process political work.” There may be plenty of time to finish a new farm bill before the old one expires in September. Read more

30 APR

Secretary Perdue commemorates first year at USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue commemorated his first year at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by releasing a new interactive website and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue: Year One video. In his first year, Secretary Perdue and the USDA team made breakthroughs in agricultural trade, moved to reduce burdensome regulations, responded to natural disasters, and battled through the worst fire season on record, among other notable achievements. The website and video capture some of those achievements and more. Read more

24 APR

Nafta ministers set to meet again amid intensified push for deal

Senior trade officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will meet again in Washington in an intensified push to reach a Nafta agreement in the next few weeks. Talks will pick up on Tuesday, after cabinet-level members vowed on Friday to keep up the momentum following consultations with their technical teams over the weekend. Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said last week that after seven months of discussions, the three sides have entered a concentrated phase where “my negotiating team is practically living in Washington.” Still, major differences remain over key U.S. demands.  Read more

24 APR

First-of-its-kind broiler house will feature viewing room

When Danielle Hayden first moved to her husband’s poultry and cattle operation in Philpot, Ky., she wasn’t sure what she was getting herself into. “I didn’t know what to think or feel about this farm that I was now a part of,” she says. “The more I got to know and experience, the more it changed what I thought about the poultry industry. If people could see it, they’d discover it’s not a scary thing. If they understood, they’d know there’s nothing to hide.”  Read more

24 APR

2018 CPF Summer Board Meeting and Golf Tournament!

The Summer Board of Directors meeting  will be held Tuesday, June 5 at The Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach, California. On Monday, June 4, our very popular golf tournament will begin at Avila Beach Resort at 9:00 a.m. An outdoor reception, golf awards and dinner will follow in the evening after the golf tournament at The Cliffs Resort, with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Please contact the CPF office by May 1 to reserve your spot in the tournament and make your room accommodations. Phone Sandy at (209) 576-6355 or email sandy@cpif.orgClick here for more information.  Click here for info on cpf.org

24 APR

Feathers in the Spring 2018 – Western Poultry & Scholarship Foundation fundraiser

The annual Feathers in the Spring Fundraiser (FS) was held last weekend at the home of Jim & Linda Haley “Haleyville”. The weather was beautiful and the food was even yummier! Attendees arrived to the wonderful smells of sausages, chicken, turkey and squab sizzling on the BBQ! Four Ways Winery provided a tasteful array of wines. We also had the most pleasant servers Mike Altomare & Brad Nelson to assist with any need. The tables were filled with delightful crudités, cheeses and delicious desserts.  Read more

Attendees with big smiles at Feathers in the Spring!