The 41st NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Plan) Biennial Conference was held last week (Sept. 25-27) in New Orleans, LA. Delegates from most of the 50 states came together for a 3-day conference to discuss proposed changes to the Program, and issues facing NPIP and the poultry industry. A half-day session of voting concluded the successful event.
California was represented by five delegates from the egg, broiler, turkey and waterfowl industries. The delegates attending were: Dr. Gregg Cutler, Cutler and Associates; Tom Silva, JS West and Companies; Dr. Charles Corsiglia, Foster Farms; Brian Lee, Maple Leaf Farms West; and John Metzer, Metzer Farms. Dr. Corsiglia also sits on the NPIP General Conference Committee (GCC) for the Western Region.
Bill Mattos, President, California Poultry Federation and Monica Della Maggiore, NPIP Administrator, also attended the conference. The next Biennial Conference will be held June 2014.
California Delegates from L-R: Dr. Gregg Cutler, Cutler and Associates; Tom Silva, JS West; Dr. Charles Corsiglia, Foster Farms; Brian Lee, Maple Leaf Farms West; and John Metzer, Metzer Farms
NPIP delegates vote on proposed changes to the Plan
The California Poultry Health Board (CPHB) is the official state agency which administers the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). The NPIP is a state, federal and industry cooperative program that began in the 1930s to coordinate state efforts aimed at eliminating certain diseases from poultry breeding flocks and hatcheries. Since the program’s inception, the NPIP has added provisions and changed programs to meet the needs of the poultry industry.