08 OCT

Willie Benedetti, legendary rancher, turkey farmer and restaurateur, dies at 69

Willie Benedetti, the lifelong Sonoma-Marin rancher and greater than fiction, cigar-puffing country character perhaps best known for his enormous, smoked-then-grilled turkey legs, died Friday at 69.

Benedetti, a partner in Benedetti Farms and in the Willie Bird’s Restaurant consistently praised as one of the region’s greatest old-school bars and dining spots, succumbed to an aggressive abdominal cancer.

“You’re talking a legend,” John Zimmerman said Friday from behind the bar at Willie Bird’s in Santa Rosa. A bartender there for 31 years, Zimmerman said Benedetti was beloved by legions and was renowned for falling asleep from apnea without a Dutch Master cigar falling from his mouth.  Read more

More details on arrangements for services to follow.

08 OCT

Trump: Trade deal returns US to ‘manufacturing powerhouse’

President Donald Trump on Monday celebrated a revised North American trade deal with Canada and Mexico as a return of the United States to a “manufacturing powerhouse,” vowing to sign the agreement by late November.

But the president noted that the deal would need to be ratified by Congress, a step that could be complicated by the outcome of the fall congressional elections. When told he seemed confident of congressional approval, he said he was “not at all confident” but felt ratification would be granted if lawmakers took the correct action.  Read more

08 OCT

AVMA economist provides insight on antibiotics and sustainability

Today, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Chief Economist Matthew J. Salois, PhD, presented to the New York Academy of Sciences on the implications of raising animals without antibiotics. The presentation, “Sustainability and Antimicrobial Use in Animal Agriculture,”calls for nuanced and evidence-based antibiotic policies that consider a holistic view of antibiotics’ impacts on animal welfare, the environment and economics.

In recent years, some companies and consumers have embraced raising animals without antibiotics. Today, nearly half of all broiler chickens are raised without antibiotics.  Read more

08 OCT

Attendee registration and housing now open for the 2019 IPPE

Attendee registration and general housing for the 2019 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is now open. 
The IPPE trade show floor continues to grow with more than 579,000 square feet of exhibit space and 1,235 exhibitors. The 2019 IPPE will provide attendees with a full week of education programs, innovative technology, engaging events on the show floor and enhanced networking opportunities with key leaders from the feed, meat and poultry industries. The vast trade show floor will showcase the most current technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of feed, meat and poultry products. Combining the expertise from the American Feed Industry Association, North American Meat Institute and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, IPPE will also feature more than 200 hours of dynamic education sessions focused on the latest industry issues.
For more information and to register for the 2019 IPPE, visit www.ippexpo.org .
01 OCT

Thanks to all the generous Annual Conference Sponsors!

Diamond Club
Agrecom, Inc.; Aviagen North America; Boehringer Ingelheim; Cobb-Vantress, Inc.; Darling Ingredients; International Paper; Wells Fargo Bank
Gold Club
Alltech; Animal Health International; Aviagen Turkeys/Select Genetics;
Dupont Market, Inc.; Elanco Animal Health; Foster Farms; Haley Farms Inc.; Huvepharma; Maple Leaf Farms West; Marel, Inc.; Pactiv; Petaluma Poultry; Phibro Animal Health;  Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care; Rabobank N.A.; Sealed Air Cryovac; United States Cold Storage; Valley Fresh Foods Inc.; Veterinary Service Inc.; Zoetis
Silver Club

Alpha Inc. + Chore Time Inc.; Big Dutchman; Diamond V; DiBuduo & DeFendis; Diversified AG; J.S. West & Companies; Jones-Hamilton Co.; Lubing Systems LP; Merck; Morris & Associates; Motomco; Pitman Family Farms; Rolling F Credit Union; Safe Foods Corporation; Shepard Bros. Inc.; Silvercote Insulation; Squab Producers of California; Strand Ag Supply; Volk Enterprises; Wildenberg Farms, INC.; Zacky Farms

01 OCT

California Poultry Federation honors industry members and supporters at 2018 Annual Conference Banquet

The 2015 Biosecurity Information Manual and self-assessment checklist have been updated and posted to the www.poultrybiosecurity.org website!  Please check out the Biosecurity Information Manual and the Self-Assessment Checklist.  The manual has been updated to complement the language found in the NPIP Biosecurity Principles Program Standards. This website also has training videos, training materials and handouts in English and Spanish.

For producers participating in NPIP, this webpage and information is a great tool to help prepare for your annual NPIP Biosecurity Audit. For more information contact Monica Della Maggiore at (209) 576-6355 or monica@cpif.org.

01 OCT

Attendee registration and housing now open for the 2019 IPPE

Attendee registration and general housing for the 2019 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is now open. 
The IPPE trade show floor continues to grow with more than 579,000 square feet of exhibit space and 1,235 exhibitors. The 2019 IPPE will provide attendees with a full week of education programs, innovative technology, engaging events on the show floor and enhanced networking opportunities with key leaders from the feed, meat and poultry industries. The vast trade show floor will showcase the most current technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of feed, meat and poultry products. Combining the expertise from the American Feed Industry Association, North American Meat Institute and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, IPPE will also feature more than 200 hours of dynamic education sessions focused on the latest industry issues.
For more information and to register for the 2019 IPPE, visit www.ippexpo.org .
01 OCT

Updated Poultry Biosecurity Information Manual now available

The 2015 Biosecurity Information Manual and self-assessment checklist have been updated and posted to the www.poultrybiosecurity.org website!  Please check out the Biosecurity Information Manual and the Self-Assessment Checklist.  The manual has been updated to complement the language found in the NPIP Biosecurity Principles Program Standards. This website also has training videos, training materials and handouts in English and Spanish.
For producers participating in NPIP, this webpage and information is a great tool to help prepare for your annual NPIP Biosecurity Audit. For more information contact Monica Della Maggiore at (209) 576-6355 or monica@cpif.org.
01 OCT

Thank you to all the generous Annual Conference Sponsors!

Diamond Club
Agrecom, Inc.; Aviagen North America; Boehringer Ingelheim; Cobb-Vantress, Inc.; Darling Ingredients; International Paper; Wells Fargo Bank
Gold Club
Alltech; Animal Health International; Aviagen Turkeys/Select Genetics;
Dupont Market, Inc.; Elanco Animal Health; Foster Farms; Haley Farms Inc.; Huvepharma; Maple Leaf Farms West; Marel, Inc.; Pactiv; Petaluma Poultry; Phibro Animal Health;  Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care; Rabobank N.A.; Sealed Air Cryovac; United States Cold Storage; Valley Fresh Foods Inc.; Veterinary Service Inc.; Zoetis
Silver Club

Alpha Inc. + Chore Time Inc.; Big Dutchman; Diamond V; DiBuduo & DeFendis; Diversified AG; J.S. West & Companies; Jones-Hamilton Co.; Lubing Systems LP; Merck; Morris & Associates; Motomco; Pitman Family Farms; Rolling F Credit Union; Safe Foods Corporation; Shepard Bros. Inc.; Silvercote Insulation; Squab Producers of California; Strand Ag Supply; Volk Enterprises; Wildenberg Farms, INC.; Zacky Farms

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