The House Agriculture Committee marked up on Wednesday the Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), more commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The committee passed the bill in a party-line, 26-20 vote, now sending it to the full House for consideration.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is meeting with Canada’s Chrystia Freeland and Mexico’s Ildefonso Guajardo in NAFTA sessions yesterday and today in Washington.  The talks come among what Freeland called an “intense phase” after the ministers’ last session on April 6.  Lighthizer is pressing for a quick deal to avoid clashing with a July 1 presidential election in Mexico.

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A group of 131 representatives and 39 senators signed a resolution introduced Wednesday that calls for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign, according to a report from The Hill.

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Pressure grew this week in the House of Representatives to debate legislation protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was created in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama, giving temporary legal status to immigrants brought illegally into the United States by their parents or relatives when they were children.

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Don’t miss out on attending the 2018 Chicken Marketing Summit to be held July 22-24 at the Four Seasons in Orlando, Florida.  Registration is ongoing for the 2018 Chicken Marketing Summit, presented by WATT Global Media and the National Chicken Council.

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that regulates labor unions is engaged in something close to civil war as political appointees, career bureaucrats and its inspector general battle one another, according to a report from Politico.

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In anticipation of Earth Day, April 22, Perdue Farms announced yesterday in a press release aggressive and transparent “2022 Goals” to reduce greenhouse gases, water use and solid waste, according to a press release.

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Multiple crews of firefighters responded on Wednesday night to a chemical fire at the Tyson Foods Inc. poultry processing plant in Dawson, Georgia.  Tyson Foods Public Relations Spokesperson Worth Sparkman said that the fire started in the docking area of the processing plant.  Team members in the plant were evacuated and no employee injuries were reported.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has  announced the selection of senior leaders in several U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies. Perdue appointed Ken Isley as Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator, Joel Baxley as Rural Housing Service (RHS) Administrator, and Martin Barbre as Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator. In addition, Perdue announced the appointment of Tommie Williams as Minister-Counselor for Agriculture at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.

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Scientist Jenny Houlroyd will discuss her research on exposures to peracetic acid-based antimicrobials among poultry processing workers as well as factors to further minimize peracetic acid exposure in poultry plants at the 2018 Poultry Processor Workshop funded by USPOULTRY.  The workshop is scheduled May 10-11 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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Perdue Farms recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Perdue Brand at the hometown Salisbury processing plant that produced those very first chickens.

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An annual consumer study by Market Force Information collected data on America’s favorite quick-service restaurants ranking the top chicken brands, burger, sandwich, Mexican, and pizza. The data was gleaned from nearly 11,500 consumers.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on April 19, plans to purchase poultry products for the National School Lunch Program and other Federal food nutrition assistance programs. Offers will be solicited in the following forms:

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending April 21 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 163,534,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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