30 JUL

Dan Walters to enlighten CPF Annual Conference attendees on California politics

Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of
those years working for California newspapers. At one point in his career, at age 22, he was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor.  He joined The Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975, just as Jerry Brown began his governorship, and later became the Union’s Capitol bureau chief. In 1981, Mr. Walters began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee and in 2017, Mr. Walters and his column shifted to CALmatters.org, a non-profit organization devoted to California public policy issues. He has written more than 9,000 articles and his column appears in dozens of California newspapers. Read more

30 JUL

2016 NPIP Biennial Conference program changes now in effect

The NPIP federal regulatory changes which were proposed, voted on and approved during the 2016 NPIP Biennial Conference in Bellevue, WA have been published in the Federal Register and are effective.  The NPIP office has provided the NPIP provisions in book form so that you may print it off of the NPIP website.  To obtain a copy of the updated NPIP provisions from the NPIP website, please go to www.poultryimprovement.org and click on the tab labeled, “9-CFR.”  From here, you are able to download the PDF version of the NPIP provisions or you can click on the eCFR.  The direct link to the PDF book form of the NPIP provisions is: http://www.poultryimprovement.org/documents/AuxiliaryProvisions07252018.pdf.

24 JUL

California Secretary of Ag Karen Ross to speak at conference

Secretary of Ag Karen Ross will join the line up of speakers at the September CPF Annual Conference. Secretary Ross will touch on the many ways the California poultry industry works with CDFA. She also will discuss the challenges and opportunities for CDFA this year and into next year. Karen Ross was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 12, 2011, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. Secretary Ross is passionate about fostering the reconnection of consumers to the land and the people who produce their food, and to improving the access of all California citizens to healthy, nutritious California-grown agricultural products, celebrated for their diversity and abundance in serving local, national and global markets. Read more

24 JUL

Nunes introduces Bill to end capital gains taxes on inflation

Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to eliminate capital gains taxes on inflation. By ending this unfair tax, the Capital Gains Inflation Relief Act (H.R 6444) will encourage both individual and business investment that will expand the economy and create jobs.
“This bill will continue the tax-cutting trend that began with the tax relief bill last year,” said Rep. Nunes. “This is a common-sense reform that will remove an unjust tax, contribute to economic growth, and help both large and small investors keep more of their own money.”  Read Short Summary
20 JUL

California Secretary of Ag Karen Ross to speak at conference

Secretary of Ag Karen Ross will join the line up of speakers at the September CPF Annual Conference. Secretary Ross will touch on the many ways the California poultry industry works with CDFA. She also will discuss the challenges and opportunities for CDFA this year and into next year. Karen Ross was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 12, 2011, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. Secretary Ross is passionate about fostering the reconnection of consumers to the land and the people who produce their food, and to improving the access of all California citizens to healthy, nutritious California-grown agricultural products, celebrated for their diversity and abundance in serving local, national and global markets. Read more

20 JUL

Study delves into free-range poultry production

Despite a growing separation between the farming community and the general public, today’s consumers are increasingly interested in where the food they eat originates and how it is produced. With regard to food products of animal origin, animal welfare, food quality and sustainability have become key issues of concern to consumers, resulting in increased pressure on farmers to transition from conventionally raised poultry to free-range poultry production, which is perceived as being better for the animals. Read more

17 JUL

Washington Week Ahead: House readies farm bill talks

The House takes a key step this week toward beginning negotiations with the Senate on a final farm bill, but the talks may not formally begin until August.

The House is scheduled to vote to go to conference with the Senate on the legislation, but House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway said it would probably take the rest of the month for House and Senate leaders to appoint the members of the conference committee.  “Getting all that done before the end of July is going to be hard,” said Conaway.  Read more

16 JUL

National Chicken Council animal care guidelines certified by independent audit certification organization

After a several month review process, the National Chicken Council’s (NCC) broiler and broiler breeder welfare guidelines have been certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), a leading authority on animal welfare auditing who provides high quality training and certification credentials for auditors and audits.

“Consumers want to be sure that all animals being raised for food are treated with respect and are properly cared for during their lives,” said Dr. Ashley Peterson, NCC senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.  “The people, families, and companies involved in raising broilers – chickens raised for meat – share the public’s concern.  With this certification, consumers and customers can feel confident that when buying and eating chicken, the birds were well-cared for and treated humanely.”  Read more

16 JUL

New EPA chief reaches out to those Pruitt had spurned

EPA’s new chief sought Wednesday to turn the page on Scott Pruitt.

In a speech at agency headquarters, acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler pledged to safeguard the environment, saying it was his privilege “to work alongside you to protect human health.” He reassured employees shellshocked by Pruitt’s 17 months of secrecy and scandal that he shared their concerns. And he welcomed reporters into the EPA’s fortress-like building, even setting out extra chairs for them.

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