Poultry Council

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza News:

As the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or H5N2, intensifies nationwide, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is continuing efforts to minimize the risk of the disease spreading here, should it be found. As such, acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that the department is suspending all avian competitions at state-approved agricultural fairs in 2015, as well as the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show.


The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is working proactively with the United States Department of Agriculture (UDSA), other government agencies, and the state's poultry industry to prepare for an outbreak of H5N2. The most important prevention technique is for anyone who owns or works with poultry to apply sound biosecurity measures – whether on a commercial farm, in the wild, or at a hobby/backyard farm.


For additional information about avian influenza, call the department’s Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services at 717-787-4734. For more information about bio-security measures, visit http://bit.ly/1PuNBLq.

June 22, 2015 -
Department of Agriculture Imposes Precautionary Interstate Quarantine Orders for Live Bird Markets, Breaker Eggs

June 24, 2015 - Lancaster County Republican Delegation Stresses Preparation for Avian Influenza Outbreak

July 16, 2015 - Governor Authorizes Extra $3.5 Million for Pennsylvania to Fight Avian Flu

July 21, 2015 - Eastern Poultry Producers Brace for Avian Flu This Fall As Waterfowl Migrate

July 22, 2015 - Penn Vet's Avian Influenza Resource Kit

July 29, 2015PA Agriculture Secretary Provides Update on Avian Influenza Emergency Planning, Response

August 26, 2015Preparation for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Memo and Creating a Flock Plan

March 10, 2016 - Program Guidance and Information for FY 2016 HPAI  Indemnity  Processes

The PennAg Poultry Council is a communication and advocacy tool for the poultry industry in Pennsylvania, which developed from the merger of the Pennsylvania Poultry Federation into the council structure of PennAg in 1998. The council represents growers, integrators, processors, hatcheries, equipment, feed companies, vaccine companies and advisors for everything from broilers to turkeys to gamebirds for the conventional and live bird markets.


The council's goals are as follows:

  1. Provide regular updates to the poultry industry on research, trends, and other pertinent items
  2. Increase media representation in order to increase exposure of the council in state and national publications
  3. Explore ways to implement research and provide a forum for industry to offer suggested research topics
  4. Increase efforts to promote food safety to consumers and to develop partnerships with retailers/grocers to improve food safety education in stores
  5. Increase industry involvement in state poultry contests and to begin to develop incentives for the best students to consider careers in poultry science
  6. Expand and enhance relationships with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, specifically with regard to poultry health issues, the PEQAP program, avian influenza, and biosecurity

Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to institute steps to reduce the risk of Salmonella enteriditis (SE) contamination of shell eggs with a voluntary industry program for effective flock testing and management - the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program (PEQAP). Other examples of areas where Pennsylvania has been a national leader include its avian influenza monitoring program, which was recently adopted by the USDA as the model for the national program and Pennsylvania's nutrient management program for confined animal feeding operations.


Our committees are key to a successful Poultry Council. They include: Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program (PEQAP) Oversight; Poultry Health; Research; Egg and Meat Bird; Scholarship; Special Events; and Executive.

Also, the PennAg Poultry Council raises money to support scholarships for Penn State students studying Avian Science or a related field. The Poultry Council / John Schwartz Memorial Golf Outing, held each Fall, is the primary fundraiser for those scholarships.


As the fourth largest state for poultry production in the United States, PennAg Industries Association’s Poultry Council is focused on ensuring a vibrant future for the poultry industry in Pennsylvania. The Poultry Council identifies key issues within industry to educate and engage industry personnel. Emergency preparedness for disaster response within the industry continues to be an area of focus.


In 2013, the Poultry Council has purchased a depopulation foamer from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and a "Foamer Association" has been developed, that members of the poultry industry may join. Membership in the association allows each member company/organization access to use of the foamer should the need arise. As part of membership, trainings are provided to educate partners about proper use and operation of the foamer.


Membership in the Foamer Association supports Pennsylvania’s poultry industry. As a member of the association, you ensure Pennsylvania’s readiness to combat any catastrophic poultry event. Please consider becoming a member of the PennAg Foamer Association to support the poultry industry in Pennsylvania.

For additional information, please contact the PennAg office at pennag@pennag.com 
or 717-651-5920. 

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