Tyson Foods had previously announced plans to build a $320 million poultry complex in eastern Kansas.  The company was to construct a processing plant, hatchery, and feed mill near the city of Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County.  However, the company has put the project “on hold.”

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Registration is ongoing for the National Chicken Council’s 63rd Annual Conference scheduled Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Register today and join other senior executives from NCC processor member companies and allied companies at NCC’s upcoming conference.

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National Chicken Council Allied Leader member companies are providing financial support through sponsorships during NCC’s upcoming 63rd Annual Conference scheduled November 1-2 at the Four-Seasons, Washington D.C.

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A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would boost funding for two of USDA’s key export promotion programs–the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development Program (FMDP).  U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the measure.

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Americans have a seemingly insatiable hunger for organic chickens, according to a Bloomberg report. U.S. producers sold $750 million of organic chickens last year, surging 78 percent from 2015, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That makes chicken meat the third-largest agricultural commodity, trailing milk at $1.4 billion and eggs at $816 million.

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Mercy For Animals and a coalition of other organizations, including the ASPCA, The Animal Welfare Institute and The Humane Society of the U.S., have submitted 85 pages of comments to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) about why it should reject the National Chicken Council’s recent request for an exemption to its current 140-bird-per-minute limit.

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Chick-fil-A is opening its fourth New York City location next year.  The new Chick-fil-A will be more than double the size of any existing Chick-fil-A measuring 12,000 square feet.

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JBS United, based in Auburn, Alabama, has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied leader member company. Ray Abner, senior director, global business development, will serve as the official representative to NCC.

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Decon7 Systems, LLC, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied member company. John Ferraro, vice president of biosecurity, will serve as the official representative to NCC.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending September 23 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 168,161,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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