18 APR

More people hired to wipe out chicken-killing Newcastle disease in Southern California

Federal and state officials are doubling the number personnel working to eradicate the virulent Newcastle disease killing Southern California chickens, thanks in large measure to $45 million in emergency funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The new funds come in addition to $27 million previously spent on the growing epidemic. But the total, about $72 million spent or allocated so far, still falls well short of the nearly $170 million spent during the last Newcastle outbreak, in 2002-2003, when 3.2 million birds were killed – mostly through preemptive euthanasia in areas where the disease had been identified. Read more

18 APR

USDA, EPA, and FDA unveil strategy to reduce food waste

Today, as part of the Trump Administration’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of a federal interagency strategy to address food waste. The agencies held an event at EPA headquarters to hear from state, local and community leaders and other stakeholders on how all levels of government can work together to reduce food waste. Read more

18 APR

U.S. poultry industry creates 302,515 new jobs, economic output up 11 percent in two years

USPOULTRY, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have released an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages, and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the U.S. poultry industry provides 1,984,784 jobs, $108.9 billion in wages, $495.1 billion in economic activity and $38.5 billion in government revenue. Since the last study conducted in 2016, the poultry industry has created 302,515 additional jobs, and the economic impact has increased by 11 percent. Read more

18 APR

Northwest Chicken Council Annual Conference Sponsors to date:

Gold Club Sponsor

Aviagen; Boehringer Ingelheim; Cobb-Vantress, Inc.; Darling Ingredients Inc.; United States Cold Storage; Draper Valley Farms; Elanco; Foster Farms; Huvepharma; Marel; Phibro Animal Health; Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care; Sealed Air Corp; Silvercote Insulation; Strand Ag Supply; Veterinary Service, Inc.

Silver Club Sponsor

Alltech; Alpha, Inc.; Animal Health International; Big Dutchman; Diamond V; Diversified Ag; Ideal Ag Supply LLC; International Paper; Morris & Associates; Motomco; Neogen; Novus International, Inc.; Shepard Bros. Inc.; Ziggity Systems, Inc.

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.

18 APR

New AVMA guidelines help veterinarians implement depopulation humanely

Humanely ending the lives of animals is one of the most difficult tasks for any veterinarian. During times of crisis or major catastrophe, emergency situations sometimes arise that prompt a decision to depopulate a whole group of animals. In the past when this has happened, veterinarians have had no formal guidance available to help implement these orders humanely.

That is no longer the case. The first-ever AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals are now available to help veterinarians support animal welfare in situations where the difficult decision to depopulate has been made. This new AVMA policy is an important tool to help veterinarians make humane decisions in the most dire situations. Because emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time, this is vital guidance for veterinarians in every field of practice – from shelter medicine to agriculture, companion-animal practice, zoos, public health, and beyond.

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09 APR

USDA confirms additional case of Virulent Newcastle Disease

During the week of March 29-April 4, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed four additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, California.  USDA also confirmed the first case of vND in a small flock of pet chickens in Coconino County, Arizona, which was announced earlier today.

Affected flocks are quickly euthanized. Together, these actions will help us prevent additional disease spread and eradicate the disease more quickly.

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09 APR

U.S. broiler industry creates almost 200,000 new jobs, economic output up 11 percent in two years

The broiler chicken industry provides 1,393,739 jobs, $76.5 billion in wages, $347 billion in total economic activity and $27 billion in government revenue, according to an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on the nation’s economy.  This data reflects almost 200,000 new jobs and an 11% increase in total economic output since the study was last updated in late 2016. The study was funded by USPOULTRY and was conducted by John Dunham & Associates, based in New York City. The study was updated using the most current methodology available and uses data from 2018. More information on the study’s methodology and model description is available here.  Read more

09 APR

Flood damage may be upwards of $12.5b in losses

The total damage and economic loss caused by record-breaking flooding in the Midwestern U.S. this spring will total $12.5 billion, based on an analysis of damages already inflicted and those expected by additional flooding, as well as the lingering health effects resulting from flooding and the disease caused by standing water according to AccuWeather. The flooding erupted in the wake of a historic bomb cyclone and the economic damage rivals that of some of the worst hurricanes to hit the U.S. The $12.5 billion estimate for flooding this spring would compare to Hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Irene (2011).  Read more

09 APR

As latest round of U.S.-China talks end, ‘significant work’ remains

U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up their latest round of trade talks on Friday and were scheduled to resume discussions next week to try to secure a pact that would end a tit-for-tat tariff battle that has roiled global markets.  The two sides offered few details of the progress as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He concluded three days of meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said a deal could be announced in the next four weeks.  Read more

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