The House Appropriations Committee yesterday advanced the fiscal year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill out of full committee, on a voice vote.

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The Chicken Marketing Summit is scheduled to begin this Sunday, July 16 and conclude Tuesday, July 18 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Record attendance is anticipated at the upcoming summit, presented by the National Chicken Council and Watt Global Media.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation on Monday announced the release of its 2016 Sustainability Report. The wide-ranging, 193-page report covers nearly 90 different important sustainability aspects and details the company’s performance, explores key sustainability achievements in 2016, and reveals Pilgrim’s new, ambitious 2020 sustainability goals, according to a company news release.

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A summary report published on Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts dives into the alternatives to antibiotics available for animal agriculture, and their potential value for the livestock and poultry industries.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on Tuesday that he will cut the chamber’s August recess in half because the GOP needs more time to achieve its goals given the protracted negotiations over health-care legislation as well as continued opposition from Democrats on several legislative fronts.

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President Trump this week announced he is nominating Dennis Shea to be deputy U.S. trade representative in Geneva.   This position, which requires Senate confirmation, represents the United States at the World Trade Organization.

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Tyson Foods Inc and its Hillshire Brands unit this week defeated an appeal by the maker of Parks’ sausages challenging their use of “Park’s Finest” to describe a high-end line of their Ball Park hot dogs, according to Reuters.

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Brazil’s antitrust watchdog Cade approved this Monday Minerva SA’s purchase of rival JBS SA’s South American assets without restrictions, Reuters said.

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While Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey told employees that  “love at first sight” led to its merger with Amazon.com, Whole Foods had other suitors in a whirlwind of activity before a deal was agreed to last month, according to Supermarket News.

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Huvepharma Inc. has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied leader member company.  Mark Sullivan, director of the poultry business unit based in Van Buren, Arkansas, will serve as the official representative to NCC.  The company is a privately-owned company headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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