Feb09

First Annual Meeting of National Egg Farmers

The first annual meeting of the National Egg Farmers Association will be held March 13, 2018 starting at 1:00 pm, Minneapolis Convention Center Room 200A (the day before the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention).

 

This is an open meeting to all egg farmers and allied industry to learn this first national association representing egg farmers is informing farmers, legislators, retailers, food companies, consumers and the media that conventional cages produce a wholesome egg while caring the needs of the chicken.

 

National Egg Farmers Association (NEFA) Strategic Plan July 2017

 

Vision Statement: On behalf of the members of the organization, to always serve their best interests in matters of significant importance to their success within the egg industry.

 

Mission Statement: To ensure that the entire US Egg Industry fights to remain market-driven”, with “consumer choice being maintained throughout the US Animal/Poultry Agricultural Industries. 

Structure: 501(c) (3) IRS Tax-Exempt National Association (official filing on Oct 30, 2017).  

1.The number one goal of NEFA is promote and support food safety and security issues as it relates to the egg industry generally and the membership’s business interests specifically.

2.The number two goal of NEFA is promote and support human health and welfare concerns as it relates to the egg industry generally and the membership’s interests specifically.

3.The number three goal of NEFA is to promote and support sustainable egg production systems that best provides for a sustainable environment for human health.

4.The number four goal of NEFA is to promote and support the animal welfare and husbandry practices that, not only provides the best for the animals, but that of the entire human

NEFA Staff have a combined 87 years experience in the egg and poultry business.

NEFA 3-member Board has a combined 96 years experience in the egg and poultry business.

See you on March 13th in Minneapolis!

 

May31

Deadline for Reporting Ammonia and Hydrogen Sulfide-Report to EPA

On Friday, January 19, 2018 EPA posted on their website (after the conference call with farm leaders saying they expected the emissions requirement to go forward) the following statement:On Friday, January 19, 2018, EPA filed a motion with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to further delay issuance of the mandate. No reporting is required until the Court issues its order, or mandate, enforcing its decision to eliminate the reporting exemptions for farms. 

 

 

Deadlines on reporting air emissions to EPA kept changing through 2017 and into 2018.  The latest deadline is now January 22, 2018. EPA has simplified the reporting (see How To Report to EPA Ammonia Emissions from Farms).

In the NAEF Egg Farmers Newsletter sent out Memorial Day (May 29) we reminded all members that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has thrown out a 2008 final rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempting farms from reporting ammonia and hydrogen sulfide when above 100 pounds.

 

All members have been provided a spreadsheet from the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University that will help you determine your emissions based on your housing style.  In the Memorial Day release of the newsletter, we provided you the phone number of the National Response Center (NRC). Today is the final day to report to the NRC what the spreadsheet has calculated as to your emissions.

 

Why is this happening now?  During rulemaking, the EPA proposed exempting farms from CERCLA and EPCRA reporting air releases from animal waste.  “CERCLA” stands for Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and “EPCRA” for the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

 

The EPA reasoned that requiring reports for animal waste air releases was “unnecessary” because a federal response would usually be “impractical and unlikely.”  They noted that, as of 2007, they had never taken a response action based on animal waste.  During public comment, the EPA expressly requested comments on whether there could be a situation where a response would be triggered due to air release from animal waste on a farm.

In 2008, the EPA finalized the rule.  Soon after the rule was published, the lawsuits started rolling in.  Environmental groups, led by Waterkeeper Alliance, argued that CERCLA and EPCRA do not allow the EPA to exempt anyone from reporting requirements if there are releases over the statutory reportable quantity.  Further, the environmental groups claim that the rule is arbitrary in treating waste on farms differently than similar waste in other places, such as at a zoo or a slaughterhouse, which would not be exempted from reporting.  

 

So now, under CERCLA and EPCRA farmers must notify the National Response Center (NRC) when amounts of certain hazardous materials over a set quantity of 100 pounds are released into the environment. 

 

 How to Report to EPA Ammonia Emissions from Farms

 

  • Notify the National Response Center. This may be done by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Please identify your reportable release as an “initial continuous release notification.” 
  • Submit an initial written notification to the EPA Regional Office; and
  • One year later submit an additional follow-up written notification to the EPA Regional Office.

 

https://www.epa.gov/epcra/cercla-and-epcra-reporting-requirements-air-releases-hazardous-substances-animal-waste-farms

 

 

 Local Emergency Planning Committee (https://www.epa.gov/epcra/local-emergency-planning-committees&;source=gmail&ust=1496333767129000&usg=AFQjCNGXBbyda7WtGdRhRO9KnZQpSsTXhw">https://www.epa.gov/epcra/local-emergency-planning-committees)

 

For help in reporting see the following websites (the first one is an updated link for egg farmers to calculate the emissions based on your particular housing for hens and pullets. The other two are from EPA):

 

http://www.eggindustrycenter.org/about-us/news/eic-assists-in-creation-of-emissions-estimator-for-egg-industry/&;source=gmail&ust=1496333767129000&usg=AFQjCNHduPPNu4LRrJMlOSXvuHfppO3CTw">http://www.eggindustrycenter.org/about-us/news/eic-assists-in-creation-of-emissions-estimator-for-egg-industry/

 

https://www.epa.gov/epcra/reporting-requirements-continuous-releases-hazardous-substances-guide-facilities-compliance&;source=gmail&ust=1496333767129000&usg=AFQjCNGSqsAJWHKSceECamJkXCKxMHWHpA">https://www.epa.gov/epcra/reporting-requirements-continuous-releases-hazardous-substances-guide-facilities-compliance

 

https://www.epa.gov/epcra/cercla-and-epcra-continuous-release-reporting%23continuous&;source=gmail&ust=1496333767129000&usg=AFQjCNHlHGoNdvQVtacdEYhprYczrLVwPA">https://www.epa.gov/epcra/cercla-and-epcra-continuous-release-reporting#continuous release reporting

Jan12

Egg Farmers Rebuttal to NPR on Organic Poultry having access Outdoors

Egg Farmers Rebuttal to NPR on Organic Poultry having access Outdoors

This is in response to the January 11th article in NPR MarketPlace "An Animal Welfare Rule Aimed at Organic Egg Production is on the Chopping Block." We trust that NPR MarketPlace intends to provide both sides of the debate from people knowledgeable in poultry welfare and will therefore print our rebuttal to the claims that outdoor access for poultry improves animal welfare. It does not when considering the possibility of spreading poultry diseases.

When the National Association of Egg Farmers who represent approximately 200 egg farmers nationwide filed their comments, they expressed appreciation that the purpose of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) (7 U.S.C. 6501-6522) is to assure consumers that organically produced products meet a consistent and uniform standard (7 U.S.C. 6501), but we questioned the subjective nature of some of the proposed amendments pertaining to egg laying chickens without the benefit of practical science.

Outdoor access was one proposal that would not contribute to better poultry welfare because it can subject chickens to poultry diseases such as highly pathogenic avian influenza. This is recognized by the US Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service noting that chickens outdoors should not have contact with migratory waterfowl. (http://www.usda.gov/documents/avian-influenza-protect-birds-qa.pdf). Migratory birds, through fecal contamination, can fly over a flock of outdoor chickens and contaminate them. One teaspoon of avian influenza infected manure dropped among outdoor chickens has the potential to contaminate one million chickens. In 2015 the loss of chickens and turkeys from avian influenza cost the US economy more than $3 billion in dealing with the disease and increased egg costs to the consumer.

While we appreciate organic egg farmers reaching for greater consistency in organic livestock practices through specificity and clarity of certain organic feeds fed to organic poultry, outdoor access for poultry is not improved welfare with its potential to devastate once again the other egg farmers producing conventionally in cage systems for their customers.

(Article in NPR MarketPlace)
https://www.marketplace.org/2018/01/11/world/chicken-organic-trump

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