House Republicans passed a landmark bill this week to cut corporate and individual taxes in an effort not seen since 1986.  The bill, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), passed the full House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon by a vote of 227 to 205.

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The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 82 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline, according to the 2016 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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California-based Mercy For Animals on Wednesday filed a petition with the USDA that seeks to have poultry covered under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, a 1958 law covering the humane slaughter of pigs, cows and other livestock.

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The following was posted this week on NCC’s blog, “The Cluck:” Shaunee works on her family’s farm in Eastern Ohio while attending university full time, working towards a veterinary tech and pre-vet degree. She and her family raises beef cattle, hay and row crops while being on their 10th year of raising broilers. 

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Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. on Monday received a takeover bid valued at more than $2.3 billion from private-equity firm Roark Capital Group.

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The U.S. restaurant industry, recently shrouded by economic rain clouds, has seen glimmers of sunshine in October. On Thursday, TDn2K released its latest Restaurant Industry Snapshot, a weathervane for the food business that aggregates weekly sales from 30,000 restaurants. The report, representing more than 150 brands and $68 billion in annual sales, showed 0.9 percent growth in comparable sales last month, marking the first time same-store sales have trended positive since May 2016.

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NAFTA Chief Negotiators confirmed yesterday that although the 5th Round of NAFTA negotiations will formally begin today on November 17th, some negotiating groups began meeting on Wednesday this week. Nearly 30 negotiating groups will be meeting during the 5th Round, which will conclude on November 21, the Office of the Trade Representatives said.

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Mountaire Farms Inc. in Millsboro, Delaware, announced on Wednesday that Ronnie Cameron, the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Mountaire Corporation, was inducted into the North Carolina Poultry Federation’s Hall of Fame on November 14 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Keystone Foods’ initial public offering should occur in the first half of 2018, as part of a plan to boost growth, CEO  Martin Secco of Brazilian parent Marfrig Global Foods said, according to a Meatingplace report.

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The forecast for 2017 total red meat and poultry production is lowered from last month as lower beef, pork, and turkey production more than offsets higher broiler production.

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Tyson Foods is weighing new sites for a $320-million chicken processing plant, hatchery and feed mill after residents in Tonganoxie, Kansas opposed the project, according to Reuters. Tyson Foods had expected to break ground in Tonganoxie this autumn; however, residents were concerned about the project’s impact on the environment and other issues.  The project planned for Tonganoxie would have been Tyson’s first new plant built since the 1990s.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) reports three weight categories for broiler slaughter. The lightest birds go primarily to fast food operations that buy chicken by the pound and sell it by the piece. The middle category is mostly whole birds for retail and rotisserie operations.

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Strong domestic and foreign demand for beef drove revenue and profit growth at Tyson Foods Inc. Tyson, the largest U.S. meat company by sales, said the pork market also helped results as a price increase offset a volume decline in the company’s fourth quarter, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved $355,000 for seven new research grants at five institutions. The research funding was approved by the boards of directors of both organizations, based on recommendations from the Foundation Research Advisory Committee.

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USPOULTRY has developed a poster and video demonstrating the proper steps for completing OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout standards on equipment or machinery with the goal of illustrating some basic concepts with few words. 

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on November 17 purchased chicken and chicken products 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 November 18 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 164,393,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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