29 APR

CFBF: New nighttime lighting requirements ‘unrealistic’

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board recently held a public hearing on the proposed nighttime lighting requirements for agricultural operations.  Several ag industry groups expressed concern regarding the cost to ag operations to comply with the new standard and whether further restriction is justified.  Ag employers were also previously encouraged to convey their concerns to Cal/OSHA regarding how it was genuinely going to affect them.

“The main point in opposition is that the standard would require in work areas, five foot-candles of illumination,” said Carl Borden, Senior Counsel for the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF).  “We think that that type of level of illumination is both unnecessary and unrealistic in many circumstances.” Read more

23 APR

Key poultry industry leaders to share insights on consumer purchasing behavior at Chicken Marketing Summit

WATT Global Media has announced agenda and speaker details for the 2019 Chicken Marketing Summit. This annual executive conference is scheduled for July 21-23, 2019 at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina.

“This year’s event offers a unique combination of education and panel discussions on consumers purchasing trends and the challenges the industry faces in regard to choice and competition,” said Terrence O’Keefe, content director, WATT Global Media. “The content will cover a wide range of topics including marketing to Generation Z moms, competing for consumers’ protein needs, transparency in the age of activism and much more.”

The dynamic lineup of speakers and panelists will include opening keynote speaker Clint Rivers, president and CEO of Wayne Farms; Maria Bailey, CEO of BSM Media; Robyn Metcalfe, Ph.D., founder and director of Food + City; Hinda Mitchell, founder and president of Inspire PR Group; Meagan Nelson, associated director perishables group for Nielsen; Kelly Fechner, director of customer solutions for Datassential; Justin Sherrard, global strategist of animal protein with Rabobank Global; and Laston Charriez, head of marketing with Pilgrim’s Pride.  Read more

23 APR

Aggressive vaccination of broiler breeders needed to keep reovirus in check

Aggressive vaccination of broiler breeders for reovirus using live and inactivated vaccines has been one of the most important steps the US poultry industry has taken to maintain good protection against the disease, Guillermo Zavala, DVM, PhD, president of Avian Health International, told Poultry Health Today.

While autogenous vaccines have helped US poultry producers keep pace with the genetic changes of reoviruses, the original, federally licensed vaccines still form the core for most reovirus-vaccination programs and do a “very, very critical job” in establishing foundational immunity, he said. Read more

23 APR

Feathers in the Spring fundraiser

Feathers in the Spring annual fundraiser is Saturday April 27, 2019. Please come and enjoy an array of tasty crudites, yummy chicken and turkey homemade sausage, duck delicacies, succulent squab, home-brewed beer and wine, and tantalizing desserts! Bring your favorite poultry-inspired appetizer for appetizer contest for a chance to be crowned Chef Feather Master. Feathers in the Spring is sponsored by the Western Poultry Scholarship & Research Foundation which benefits the CPF Friends & Family Memorial Fund. Cost is $50 per person.  Click here  for the flyer with location, RSVP info and directions.

18 APR

Amid new cases, California’s leading poultry experts conduct high priority workshop to address virulent Newcastle Disease and prevent further spread

Foster Farms and California Poultry Authorities Share Tips to Safeguard Birds at Home and On the Farm
Monday, April 15, top poultry experts
Foster Farms veterinarian Dr. Bob O’Connor addresses attendees

from the state of California (CDFA), academia (UC Davis) and private industry (Foster Farms) – along with nearly 100 urban farmers and backyard poultry owners – gathered in Dublin, California, to discuss ways to prevent further spread of the highly contagious Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND). Although only a single case was recently diagnosed in Northern California’s Alameda County and is no threat to human health, more than 1.1 million birds have been lost to VND in Southern California since May 2018, with additional cases confirmed just this past week. The poultry experts are urging preventative action to limit any further spread of this deadly avian disease. Spread of VND to California’s Central Valley could be catastrophic to local economies, farming communities and backyard poultry enthusiasts.

18 APR

FSIS proposes to remove dual labeling requirements for certain amounts of meat and poultry products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it is proposing to amend labeling regulations to remove duplicative net weight and net content requirements for packages that contain certain amounts of meat or poultry products. The proposed regulation would apply to products that are at least one pound or one pint, but less than four pounds or one gallon. FSIS is proposing this action after receiving a petition submitted by a small meat processor in response to USDA’s request for ideas to better serve its customers.  Read more

18 APR

USDA proposes updated NPIP program standards

The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) is a cooperative Federal-State-Industry mechanism for controlling certain poultry diseases. NPIP’s General Conference Committee made changes to NPIP program standards to keep in line with the latest science, technology and best practices. USDA is publishing these proposed changes to the program standards for public review and comment.
18 APR

Feathers in the Spring fundraiser

Feathers in the Spring annual fundraiser is Saturday April 27, 2019. Please come and enjoy an array of tasty crudites, yummy chicken and turkey homemade sausage, duck delicacies, succulent squab, home-brewed beer and wine, and tantalizing desserts! Bring your favorite poultry-inspired appetizer for appetizer contest for a chance to be crowned Chef Feather Master. Feathers in the Spring is sponsored by the Western Poultry Scholarship & Research Foundation which benefits the CPF Friends & Family Memorial Fund. Cost is $50 per person.  Click here  for the flyer with location, RSVP info and directions.

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