02 JUN

2017 CPF Summer Board Meeting and Golf Tournament!

The Summer Board of Directors meeting will be held Tuesday, June 6 at The Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach, California. On Monday, June 5, 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 to reserve your spot in the tournament and make your room accommodations. Room rates may be higher than the special rate which ended
May 3. Phone Sandy at (209) 576-6355 or email sandy@cpif.org.
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02 JUN

Thank you to our Summer Meeting Sponsors to Date

Agrecom, Inc.; Alltech; Alpha Inc. + Chore-Time Inc.; Aviagen, Inc.; Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.

Big Dutchman US; Boehringer Ingelheim

Cobb-Vantress; Cryovac/Sealed Air Corporation

Darling Ingredients Inc.; Devenish Nutrition; Devon Trading/Compass Foods; Diamond V; DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers LLC

Evonik Industries

Foodmate; Foster Farms

Haley Farms, Inc.; Hubbard LLC

International Paper

J.S. West and Companies; Jamesway Incubator Company

Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health North America

Maple Leaf Farms-West Division; Marel Poultry Processing; Merck Animal Health; Meyn America, LLC; Motomco

Neogen Corporation, New Stockton Poultry; Novus International, Inc

Petaluma Poultry Processors; Phibro Animal Health; Pitman Family Farms; Purina Animal Nutrition

Safe Foods Corporation; Shepard Bros, Inc.; Squab Producers of California; Strand Ag Supply

Valley Fresh Foods, Inc./Rainbow Farms; Veterinary Service, Inc.; Volk Enterprises

Wildenberg Farms, Inc

Zacky Farms; Zoetis

02 JUN

Mary’s Chickens takes top honor at California Family Business Awards

Sanger-based Mary’s Chickens, and the Pitman family, are the 2017 winners of the California Family Business Award bestowed by the Institute for Family Business at Fresno State. The Institute for Family Business (IFB) hosted the awards presentation Wednesday night at the Satellite Student Union at Fresno State, honoring 11 family businesses culled from 112 nominations submitted. The third-generation family business traces its roots to 1954, when Don Pitman started raising turkeys in the Madera area. Son Rick Pitman took over the operations along with wife Mary, and today the couple’s sons David and Ben are also involved in the business, which has expanded rapidly with its line of organic, free-range poultry. Read more

02 JUN

Maryland joins California in battling antibiotic overuse on farms

Maryland has become the second U.S. state to pass a law banning the routine use of antibiotics in healthy livestock and poultry, a move aimed at battling the rise of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as “superbugs.”

Maryland’s Keep Antibiotics Effective Act, which aims to end a practice that public health experts say can fuel the spread of superbugs, takes effect on Oct. 1 after Governor Larry Hogan declined to sign or veto it last week. Farmers in Maryland have until Jan. 1, 2018, to comply with the law.

Roughly 70 percent of antibiotics important for human medicine are sold in the United States for use in meat and dairy production. Medical researchers say overuse of such drugs diminishes their effectiveness in fighting disease in humans by contributing to antibiotic resistance.  Read more

30 MAY

Perdue assures lawmakers worried about USDA budget cuts

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue backed away from significant cuts in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget, affirming that crop insurance and other farm programs are “extremely important.”  Making his first appearance before lawmakers who write the Agriculture Department’s annual spending bill, Perdue specifically declined to defend Trump’s proposals to cut crop insurance by $29 billion by 10 years and to eliminate the $1.7 billion Food for Peace program, which supplies U.S.-grown commodities to alleviate hunger overseas. Perdue also emphasized to the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee that he had only been on the job for five weeks and said he needed to review key budget provisions, including the proposal to cut USDA’s work force by 5.5 percent, or about 5,500 full-time jobs.  Read more

30 MAY

FSIS gives guidance for Salmonella in poultry

The FSIS has reissued notice 32-15, with instructions for inspection program personnel to follow when collecting poultry samples for Salmonella and Campylobacter. The notice gives instruction on handling and transporting broth, drill sampling methods and packing. Sample results are non-regulatory, meaning that sample lots are not subject to test and hold, and are not refused entry for a positive result. If the sample tests positive, the importer may choose to draw back the entire or a partial lot. Read more

23 MAY

National Turkey Federation’s Turkey Inspiration Tour coming to San Francisco

For the second year in a row, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) is continuing its multi-city tour to bridge the distance from ranch to table for chefs, registered dietitians and food bloggers. This year, the tour stops in San Francisco and three other cities. California ranks 7th out of the top 10 turkey producing states in the U.S. Each year, nearly 15 million turkeys are produced in California, all by family-run ranches and processors. The San Francisco turkey inspiration event is set for Tuesday, May 23rd at Parties That Cook, located in the North Beach area. These events focus on turkey’s flavor versatility and ease of preparation for turkey dishes year-round.  Read more

23 MAY

Trump administration to start NAFTA renegotiation

The Trump administration today informed Congress that it intends to officially begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.

The much-anticipated notification gives Congress a 90-day window to work with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department and other agencies to help develop priorities in overhauling the pact with two of our largest trading partners. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in a statement, blamed NAFTA for the downturn in U.S. manufacturing and promised that President Donald Trump would turn that around. “I look forward working with the President, Ambassador Lighthizer, and our counterparts from Mexico and Canada, to find a solution that is both fair and beneficial for all parties.”  Read more

18 MAY

Administration adds emphasis on trade in USDA changes

The Trump administration is putting added emphasis on trade.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says international trade plays a significant role in the success of American agriculture.  On Thursday, Perdue announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign ag affairs in the USDA.  “I want someone who gets up every day who says, ‘where can I go to sell American farm products today around the world’,” he says.  “And help us grow that market.”

He says international trade has been a key component of the American economy for many years.  “Every dollar of these exports has a multiplying effect of $1.27 dollars in business activity along the whole supply chain and logistics,” he says. Read more

18 MAY

With bird flu surging, U.S. needs to do more to prevent possible pandemic, GAO says

If the United States were suddenly facing a potential avian influenza pandemic, just one U.S. manufacturer could be counted on to make human pandemic flu vaccine here. And although the chickens that lay the eggs used in the process are themselves susceptible to the virus, until an emergency arises only voluntary and often inadequate measures by poultry producers are in place to protect flocks, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

The report, scheduled for release next week, comes at a time of heightened public health worries about bird flu. One of the deadliest strains, H7N9, is causing a surge in human infections in China this season. Of the nearly 200 people who have died, most had direct contact with poultry or poultry markets. Read more

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