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									            Texas Poultry Federation Newsletter
                          595 ROUND ROCK WEST DRIVE, SUITE 305
                                  ROUND ROCK, TX 78681
                                   www.texaspoultry.org
                                    Phone (512) 248-0600
                                     Fax (512) 248-0664



January – March 2011
Editor: Marta Wingert


TEXAS POULTRY FEDERATION 2011 CONVENTION AND EDUCATIONAL
PROGRAM

        The Texas Poultry Federation Annual Convention and Symposium will be held May 10 –
12, 2011 in College Station at the Hilton. Registration will be available on-site May 10 and the
horseshoe tournament will be held. Registration will open at 9 am on May 11, followed by the
symposium held from 10 – 2:30. Board meetings will follow. The Western Party will open at 6
pm at the Hilton followed by the TAPA Auction. All other activities such as golf, skeet, etc. will
be held on May 12. If you haven’t received a convention packet and would like one, please call
us at the phone number listed above. We are still in need of Western Party sponsors and auction
items for the scholarship auction.



PRESIDENT OBAMA’S              PRIORITY       ON     FDA’S     OVERALL        FOOD      SAFETY
RESPONSIBILITIES

        In releasing his $3.73 trillion FY2012 budget proposal, President Obama signaled his
priority on FDA’s overall food safety responsibilities, with a recommended funding increase of
$324 million to begin implementation of the estimated $1.4 billion Food Safety Modernization
Act (FMSA) signed by the President January 4. However, that same budget recommends cutting
USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) by about $8 million, and proposing new user
fees to cover the government’s cost of recalls and other meat and poultry industry regulations.
Republicans slammed the White House budget, saying it “punted” tough spending cuts. While
the President’s budget – from either party – is generally viewed as a “guide” by congressional
appropriators, the following are budget highlights for various agencies:

FDA: Overall, FDA’s appropriation recommendation from the White House is about $2.7
billion, not counting user fees, a 5.6% increase from FY2010 levels, and 16% more than
contained in the current continuing resolution covering FY2011. With user fees added, FDA’s
overall spending level would be about $4.4 billion, nearly 33% more than FY2010. The Center
for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), which oversees animal feed, pet food, and animal drugs, would
see an increase in spending of more than $21 million from previous years.

USDA: USDA’s budget would be $144 billion overall, with about $24 billion of that in
discretionary spending. This is about $1.82 billion less than current spending. In addition to
recall user fees, the budget recommends “performance fees”, charges that would be levied
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against egg, poultry, and meat companies for infractions of the law. Flat fees for facility
registrations and renewals are also recommended. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack,
reported the Administration is recommending changes to the 2008 Farm Bill’s formula for direct
payments, lowering the maximum payment from $40,000 to $30,000, and supporting reducing
the cap on non-farm income to receive payments to $250,000 from the current $500,000.
Mandatory spending for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) would be
reduced by $1 billion over 10 years.

EPA: The White House is recommending cutting 13% -- about $1.5 billion -- out of EPA’s
budget, dropping overall funding to roughly $9 billion for FY2012. State funding for water
infrastructure programs takes the biggest hit in the Obama budget, slashed by more than $1
billion, while funding for Great Lakes restoration projects is also scaled back. Another $70
million is cut from the Superfund program, but $46 million is requested for agency greenhouse
gas regulation, with $25 million going to the states to implement state permitting programs, and
$5 million for EPA’s administrative actions. Also recommended is an enhanced $71 million
overall chemical review program, a $16 million increase from current spending.


THE HOUSE CONTINUES FY2011 FLOOR FIGHT AS AG GROUPS SAY
AGRICULTURE IS TARGET OF TOO MANY CUTS

        The newly minted House leadership brought to the floor its FY2011 appropriations
package, legislation seeking nearly $100 billion in spending cuts from President Obama’s
FY2011 budget request. The net amount of spending cuts from actual levels is closer to $61
billion below current funding. House leadership is under pressure to act on an FY2011 spending
package before a continuing resolution passed in the last Congress expired March 4. But almost
before floor debate began, 32 national agriculture and food organizations wrote to House
appropriators and their House colleagues to let them know agriculture is bearing an unfair share
of the budget cuts. The bill cuts USDA accounts across the board from FY2010 levels, including
conservation (cut $173 million), rural development (cut $645 million), foreign agriculture (cut
$811 million), and food assistance programs (cut $782 million), as well as reductions in FDA
spending (cut $298 million). “While we applaud the bill’s efforts to decrease discretionary
spending, we are concerned that agriculture is being required to absorb a disproportionate
amount of the discretionary cuts,” the groups wrote. Within hours of introduction, 583
amendments were filed by both sides of the aisle. A major target of House budget hawks is
energy/environmental programs, with the bill proposing to cut $4.5 billion from all programs.
EPA’s share of that total amounts to nearly $3 billion, 29% less than overall spending in
FY2010. The major target of specific amendments from both sides of the aisle is EPA and a
variety of pending regulations for which members sought to kill FY2011 funding. The spending
package specifically blocks EPA from spending money to promulgate greenhouse gas emissions
regulations, new rules opposed by Republicans and coal-state Democrats. At the same time, 15
organizations sent a letter to House leaders this week supporting an amendment by Rep. John
Sullivan (R, OK) to bar EPA from using federal funds to cover the costs related to increasing the
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ethanol blend rate to 15%. The groups wrote: “Our organizations rarely agree on any public
policy issue, but we are united in opposing the premature introduction of E15.”



VILSACK RECEIVED AN EARFUL AT HOUSE HEARING

        Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, in an appearance before the House Agriculture
Committee at a hearing on the ag economy, heard from member after member that while they
understood the Secretary could not speak for EPA, they wanted him to carry back to the White
House the committee’s admonition that EPA greenhouse gas regulations, dust rules and others
were going to devastate U.S. agriculture. For his part, Vilsack was diplomatic, explaining his
department is in contact with EPA, though not daily, and that he heard and understood the
message being delivered by the agriculture committee members. At the same time, 32 Senators
sent a letter to Jackson this week asking that she give special consideration to agriculture when
evaluating the impact of stringent air particulate rules pending at the agency. “Given the
ubiquitous nature of dust in agriculture settings and many rural environments, and the near
impossible task of mitigating dust in most settings, we are hopeful that the EPA will give special
consideration to the realities of farm and rural environments, including retaining the current
standard,” the senators wrote.


USDA FORMALLY DEREGULATES GENETICALLY ENHANCED AMYLASE CORN
WITHOUT CONDITIONS

        The corn variety is a product of Syngenta designed to provide a corn variety more
suitable to ethanol refining than food use. Food processing groups and others decried the
deregulation move, expressing concerns over possible commingling of the GE corn with corn
destined for human food processing. The North American Millers Assn. (NAMA) said it was
“disappointed” in USDA’s action, saying Syngenta’s own data shows if the corn is commingled
with other corn, “it will have a significant adverse impact on food product quality and
performance.” NAMA President Mary Waters said USDA has failed to provide sufficient data
on the economic impacts of contamination. The corn contains an enzyme that allows the starch
to break down quickly, a cost-savings for ethanol refining. However, Waters said, that same
ethanol benefit works against food producers and processors.


THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OFFERS FREE
ASSISTANCE

        The TCEQ, the state environmental regulatory agency offers free, confidential assistance
to small businesses and small local governments in Texas through its Small Business and Local
Government Assistance section. “Our services and activities enable customers to comply with
environmental regulations without fear of inspections or citations.” In addition to compliance
assistance, they offer several specialized services to ensure that small businesses know what they
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need to meet TCEQ regulations. TCEQ announced the availability of a new resource at its
assistance web page at www.TexasEnviroHelp.org. (All previous info taken from TGFA’s
Washington Insider, Feb. 18, 2011)



OBITUARIES

       Roger Franklin Crouch, age 51, of Smiley, died January 18, 2011 in Temple. He was
born in Augusta, AR, on January 7, 1960. Roger attended the Church of Christ and was a
member of the WSPBR. He is survived by his wife, Paula; four daughters, Adrianna Mitchell
and husband, Nic, and Pamela Crouch, all of Guntersville, AL; Taylor Carrington and Jordan
Carrington, both of Smiley; his son, Ethan Crouch of Plaquemine, LA; a grandson; his parents; a
brother; and sister, numerous other family, his WSPBR Rodeo family, many “adopted” children
and loving friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roger Crouch Memorial
Scholarship, c/o Nixon State Bank, P.O. Box 188, Nixon, TX 78140.




        Donald John Tyson, age 80, passed away January 6, 2011, after a brief illness. Donald
was known to everyone as “Don”, son of Tyson Foods, Inc. founder, John W. Tyson, and father
of current company Chairman, John H. Tyson. He was the former Chairman of the Board and
CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., a company he led through phenomenal growth in the 1970s and
1980s. He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, studying business and
agriculture, but left before graduating to join his father in the family business in 1952. He was
awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree by the University of Arkansas at its
May 2010 graduation ceremony.
        Don was known by all to work hard, but also to play hard. He was famous the world over
for his “No Bad Days” outlook on life, and well know for telling everyone that “I don’t have
time to have a bad time.” He was also well known for his active involvement in state and
national politics, having been led by his father to believe that it was a citizen’s duty to take part
in the political and electoral process. He was a world renowned fisherman, a founder of the
Billfish Foundation that promotes the catch and release of marlin and other billfish, and was a
long time member and benefactor of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), a group
that tracks and certifies world records for fishing. Memorials may be made to the following:
The Billfish Foundation, P.O. Box 8787. Fort Lauderdale, FL 3310-8787
The Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
University of Arkansas, Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food & Life Sciences, E108
AFLS Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

								
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