The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is withdrawing the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) interim final rule on competitive injury, and its proposed rule on unfair practices and undue preferences.  After a 180-day extension of the comment period, the interim final rule was scheduled to go into effect on October 19.

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NCC filed comments Thursday in response to an EPA notice on the consideration of reducing renewable energy production requirements in 2018.  NCC’s comments can be viewed here.

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The Senate approved the FY2018 budget resolution by a 51-49 vote Thursday night. Such an approval sets up a widely expected tax reform bill over the next few months.

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Forecast broiler production was increased because of the strong pace of slaughter and solid bird availability.

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China’s beef and broiler meat imports are projected to rise 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in 2018, according to the latest “Livestock & Poultry: World Markets & Trade” report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Koch Foods announced it is launching a namesake line of frozen chicken products in grocery stores, according to a report from Meatingplace.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a report on Monday of antimicrobial resistance findings in Salmonella isolates collected from livestock and poultry ceca during 2014, covering the first full year of the cecal sampling program. 

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In conjunction with National Farmers’ Day on October 12, Perdue Farms released a series of six videos which give consumers a closer look at a group of Perdue contract farm families that all live in the Delmarva region, and their operations. The videos are available at https://www.perdue.com/perdue-way/.

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The West Columbia City Council in South Carolina is considering implementing a set of rules aimed at controlling odors that residents complain are coming from House of Raeford Farms’ poultry plant in the city, according to WATTAgNet report.

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Plant based meat alternatives continue to gain investors with Beyond Meat announcing this week Leonardo DiCaprio has become one of its investors.

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Chicken companies recently donated to causes related to hunger relief, natural disaster relief and education according to a report by Meatingplace. Featured companies include Foster Farms, Cobb-Vantress, Tyson Foods and Perdue.

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The Agricultural Marketing Service has posted the Schedule of Events for next week’s Industry Meeting with room assignments included.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending October 21 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 165,199,000 broilers, a 1-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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