USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published in the Federal Register today its proposed rule regarding China’s  poultry slaughter system and its equivalence to the U.S. system.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) should withdrawal GIPSA’s interim final rule on competitive injury, the National Chicken Council (NCC) reiterated in comments submitted today to the agency.

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In a recent letter to the current administration, the North American Agriculture and Trade Coalition referred to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a “bonanza for American Agriculture.”   The National Chicken Council (NCC), USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) today echoed that sentiment in comments filed with the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  The agency requested public comment on possible modernization of NAFTA in order to inform development of U.S. negotiating positions.

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USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) delayed implementing the final rule for organic livestock and poultry welfare standards from May 19 to November 14, 2017, citing a federal freeze on new regulations until the administration conducts further review.

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The National Chicken Council this week joined over one hundred organizations  in sending a letter to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)  applauding them for agreeing to early discussions on a contract extension.

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A bipartisan group of 10 senators led by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) this week wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer about the need to use the renegotiation of NAFTA to eliminate trade barriers imposed by Canada on some U.S. poultry products.

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President Trump is expected to announce new policies regarding Cuba in Miami tomorrow. He may announce steps that likely will roll back some of the changes made during the Obama administration that re-established diplomatic relations with Havana, opened commerce and communications, and agricultural investment by U.S. companies,  as well as increasing travel between the United States and Cuba.

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Tyson Foods, Inc. has hired Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chief Information Officer Scott Spradley to become the company’s chief technology officer, effective June 26.

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Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) has hired Holly Porter as its assistant executive director. Porter comes to DPI from the Delaware Department of Agriculture, where she was a deputy principal assistant in the Office of the Secretary. 

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Perdue Farms has invested more than $1.2 million to open its new Perdue Learning University, a facility located in the resurging downtown district in Salisbury, Maryland to provide continuous learning and development opportunities for its associates.

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Food producer Cargill Inc. will invest between $300 million and $500 million in Colombia during the next five years, a company executive said recently.  Cargill has acquired Pollos El Bucanero SA, one of Colombia’s largest meat producers, for an undisclosed sum.

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Buffalo Wild Wings is getting back to its counter-service roots. This summer, two small-format restaurants, called B-Dubs Express, will open as pilot stores in the Minneapolis metro market.

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KFC is gearing up to execute another attention-grabbing promotion.  The company plans to send out it spicy chicken Zinger sandwich to the edge of the atmosphere via a stratospheric balloon. The stunt will be the longest controlled stratosphere balloon flight with a commercial payload and will involve several consumer-facing activities.

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USDA export forecasts for 2018 for red meats, poultry, eggs and dairy all register increases compared with forecasts for 2017, according to the latest issue of Livestock, Dairy, and Outlook Report. Each animal protein—with the exception of lamb and mutton—year-over-year larger export forecasts accompany forecasts for increased production next year. For lamb and mutton, exports are expected to increase from 7 million pounds this year to 8 million pounds in 2018. Lamb and mutton production is expected to fall 1.5 percent, from 147 million pounds this year to 145 million in 2018.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending June 17 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 168,331,000 broilers, a 4-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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