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. Read more
Steve Burnham, long time Safeway executive has been hired by Zacky Farms as their new COO/General Manager. Previously, Mr. Burnham had served as Division President for Safeway’s Eastern Division. Mr. Burnham joined Safeway in 1989 and held leadership positions of increasing responsibility including Senior Vice President, Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising, as well as Vice President roles for various fresh departments. Throughout his career Burnham has worked his way through the company’s meat unit at the store, district, division and national levels.
Ivy Quon, a long-term employee of Zacky Farms, was selected by the Board of Directors to serve in the newly created position of Executive VP Product Development & Export Sales. Ivy started with the Company in 1990 as the Assistant Credit Manager and was promoted on multiple occasions to her most recent position of Sr. VP Marketing & Administration. Ivy’s accomplishments in expanding Zacky Farms’ export markets and product lines make her a perfect fit. Ivy’s commitment in this new position will include a focus on innovative product lines and packaging to create growth and development within Zacky Farms. Ivy can be reached at email@example.com or 562-641-2028. Read more
We are updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards document. In a previous notice, we made available to the public for review and comment proposed changes to the NPIP Program Standards document to establish new biosecurity principles, amend testing procedures for Mycoplasma, clarify laboratory procedures for Salmonella, add new diagnostic tests for Mycoplasma and Salmonella, and reduce confusion between references to the regulations and the Program Standards. Read more
Animal rights groups have been successful in pressuring many of the top food companies and restaurant chains to adopt stricter animal welfare policies, such as cage-free eggs and gestation stall-free pork. One notable exception is Domino’s Pizza, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which has stood its ground in the face of extreme pressure from animal activists. Domino’s spokesman Tim McIntyre tells Brownfield their philosophy is simple: Farmers know best.
Today, NTF along with members of the Animal Ag Coalition (AAC) unveiled one of our top priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill; the creation of an Animal Pest and Disease Disaster Prevention and Response Program. The program is designed to limit the impacts of foreign diseases on U.S. livestock and poultry producers both before and during an outbreak and provide rapid response and robust laboratory capacity. NTF’s legislative team led the development of the program and the letter. NTF was joined by U.S Poultry and Egg Association, the United Egg Producers and 64 additional organizations in support of the program. The letter was sent to the House and Senate Ag Committees Leadership in advance of Saturday’s Senate Farm Bill field hearing where Andy Snider of the Michigan Turkey Producers will be testifying on behalf of NTF. Read more
Assembly Bill 313, introduced by Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) to provide solutions for California’s broken water management structure, cleared an important hurdle Tuesday. AB 313 was approved by the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife at its regular hearing. Committee members voted 13-0 to send the bill onto the next step. Read more
Ducks in North America can be carriers of avian influenza viruses similar to those found in a 2016 outbreak in Indiana that led to the losses of hundreds of thousands of chickens and turkeys, according to a recent study. Understanding the genetic origins of avian influenza outbreaks through enhanced wild bird surveillance sampling can provide early warning to poultry producers, and lead to improved biosecurity measures that can reduce economic losses in future outbreaks.
sweeping measure that would establish government-run universal healthcare in California cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday as scores of supporters crammed into the Capitol to advocate for a single-payer system.The Senate Health Committee approved the measure on a 5-2 vote after a nearly three-hour hearing, but Democrats and Republicans alike signaled unease with the major question still unanswered in the legislation: how the program would be paid for. Read more