The National Chicken Council (NCC), the National Turkey Federation (NTF), and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) on Tuesday submitted joint comments in support of the proposed rule issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to list the People’s Republic of China as a country eligible to export to the United States processed cooked poultry products from birds slaughtered in certified establishments in China.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Thursday that the government of South Korea has lifted its ban on imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products, including fresh eggs. Korea had previously imposed the ban in response to a recent detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

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The Trump administration began talks on Wednesday to reform the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a negotiation that could boost U.S. business and fulfill one of the president’s primary campaign promises or potentially end up jeopardizing the North American economy.

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The latest available U.S. trade data shows first-half exports of animal products year-over-year higher across the board. An increase in global demand and a decline in the U.S. dollar likely contributed to favorable conditions for exports.

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The National Chicken Council’s 63nd Annual Conference is scheduled to be held Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The conference brings together senior executives from U.S. chicken processing companies and allied industries to address current legislative, regulatory, political, business, agricultural, economic, and international trade issues affecting the chicken industry.

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Tyson Foods announced on Wednesday that it will invest $84 million as part of its commitment to the continued success of its Union City, Tennessee poultry plant, More than 300 jobs will be created by the project, which is expected to be complete by mid-2019.

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The Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA) released a report yesterday detailing observations from the Animal Rights National Conference, held August 3-6 in Alexandria, Virginia. The event was hosted by the Farm Animal Rights Movement and sponsored by Compassion Over Killing, Mercy for Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The Humane League, along with other animal rights activist groups.

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At the 2017 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Florida, 147 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.

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Congress still has not yet passed a budget. The Congressional Budget Office and the Bipartisan Policy Center predict that the government will hit the debt ceiling by this October.  Wall Street appears nervous about the possibility of a looming debt ceiling and a potential U.S. debt default.

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Americans are not only dining out more, but the “on-demand” culture has spread to the food industry. Food delivery – whether restaurant take-out, subscription meal kits or grocery stores getting in on the action – has become big business. And people want their delivered food fresh and locally grown to boot.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on August 15 purchased chicken strips as indicated below for distribution to the school lunch child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2017.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending August 19 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 166,876,000 broilers, a 2-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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