The National Chicken Council (NCC) this week joined with USPOULTRY and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) in submitting comments to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt who asked the public for ideas for reducing the agency’s regulatory burden.  More than 57,000 comments were received including a number of suggestions from other agriculture groups.

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The following was posted this week on NCC’s blog, “The Cluck:”  A nationwide survey revealed that 77 percent of Americans believe that chicken contains added hormones. The reality? No chicken sold or raised in the United States is given added hormones.

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The Trump administration yesterday took the first formal step toward overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)  by notifying Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico in 90 days.

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Today is the deadline for the 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit early bird registration.  Register now and take advantage of a $200 discount off of your registration fee for the summit.

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The White House is expected to soon name a slate of nominees to key positions at USDA.  The CEO of the American Soybean Association, Steve Censky, is expected to be named deputy secretary, the person who normally manages day-to-day operations in the department.

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USDA forecasts for animal protein production in 2018 show across-the-board increases. Total poultry production is expected to increase to 49 billion pounds, or 1.9 percent above the 2017 forecast.

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A six-acre field of solar panels is now energized and providing power to Allen Harim’s poultry processing plant in Harbeson, Delaware, officials announced this week. The company pledged to use some of the savings realized from the renewable energy project to create an endowed scholarship fund for the children of employees and growers to give them an opportunity to attend college.

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The Case Farms facility in Goldsboro, North Carolina, achieved a safety milestone this month by working one million hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost time accident. 

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending May 20 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 167,458,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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