The House voted 198-213 Friday to reject the Agriculture and Nutrition Act (H.R. 2), also known as the Farm Bill. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) filed a motion for a re-vote at a time to be determined.

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U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said yesterday that the United States, Canada and Mexico are “nowhere near close to a deal” to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as U.S. lawmakers warn that time is almost up to reach an agreement that can pass the current Congress.  U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said there could be a week or two left to reach a deal that American lawmakers can support this year.

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Subsidiaries of Tyson Foods, Inc.  have agreed to buy the poultry rendering and blending assets of American Proteins, Inc. and AMPRO Products, Inc., the companies announced on Tuesday.

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USDA production forecasts for 2019 indicate growth expectations for broilers (+2.3 percent), beef (+1.8 percent), pork (+3.1 percent), turkey (+0.9 percent), eggs (+2.1 percent), and milk (+1.3 percent). Conversely, veal production is expected to decrease by 2.1 percent, while no growth is projected for lamb.

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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of five new members and 12 returning members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat & Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). Members from the industry, as well as consumer groups, are among those included.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Ray Starling will replace Heidi Green as chief of staff, effective June 1.  Heidi Green is heading home to Georgia after helping Ag secretary Sonny Perdue during his first year in office.

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More than one in three U.S. consumers are following a specific diet or eating pattern, and they are increasingly averse to carbohydrates and sugar, according to the 13th Annual Food and Health Survey, released this week by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.

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Cobb-Vantress, Inc. has purchased a 35,000-square-foot office building in downtown Siloam Springs. “It’s an exciting opportunity for us to expand our business and plan for the future,” said Joel Sappenfield, Cobb-Vantress president. “The new building offers a great centralized location with room to grow. We’re looking forward to being a part of the vibrant downtown community in Siloam Springs.”

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Restaurant Brands International (RBI) revealed that it was testing delivery in several hundred restaurants at both Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. 

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on May 16, 2018, purchased chicken strips as indicated below for distribution to the school lunch child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2018.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending May 19 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 165,630,000 broilers, a 1-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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