House and Senate leaders this week proposed separate immigration bills to the White House in hopes of agreeing to a deal offering protection for DACA recipients while increasing border security before government funding officially runs out January 19.

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President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation on January 8 at the organization’s Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue introduced the president.

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Ben Harrison, National Chicken Council Chairman of the Board, has announced the names of those industry representatives who will serve on NCC’s 2018 Communications, Growout, and Technical & Regulatory Committees.

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National Chicken Council Chairman of the Board Ben Harrison has named Steve Patrick, environmental director with Tyson Foods, as the chairman of the 2018 NCC Environmental Committee.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is scheduled to be the capstone speaker at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, during the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum, sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), at the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta.

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The estimate of 2017 total red meat and poultry production is reduced from last month. Based on preliminary data, beef and turkey production estimates are lowered, more than offsetting higher pork and broiler production, according to the January issue of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.

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A fire broke out on Thursday afternoon at Tyson Foods’ new chicken processing plant in Green Forest, Arkansas, which opened a few weeks ago.  The fire prompted the evacuation of the plant as firefighters were called in around 4 p.m.

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TGI Fridays recently announced its partnership with plant-based trailblazer Beyond Meat and the chain has added the plant-based burger, called the “Beyond Burger” to the menu at its 450 U.S. locations nationwide.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending January 13 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 168,630,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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