China pledged on Saturday to immediately begin ramping up soybean purchases from the United States indicating that they would purchase at least 5 million tons from the United States after officials from the two countries met for two days in Washington for trade negotiations.

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Benny Bishop will retire March 28, 2019, as Chief Operating Officer of Peco Foods, according to an announcement by Peco CEO Mark Hickman.

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Tyson Foods on Thursday announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Thai and European operations of BRF S.A. The $340 million (USD) purchase includes four processing facilities in Thailand, one processing facility in the Netherlands and one processing facility in the United Kingdom. This deal builds on the company’s growth strategy to expand offerings of value-added protein in global markets.

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Tyson Foods has reportedly been in talks about potentially buying privately owned Livingston, California-based Foster Farms for approximately $2 billion, people familiar with the situation told CNBC.  Neither Tyson Foods nor Foster Farms have specifically commented on the talks and Tyson said it does not comment on rumors or speculation.

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Foster Farms yesterday announced a multi-million-dollar capital investment project to support an expansion and upgrade of the company’s poultry processing facility in Livingston, California  Foster Farms will expand the facility’s product lines and add jobs.

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President Trump will hold a two-day summit February 27-28 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam to continue efforts to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons.

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The Maryland Department of Environment has announced the state will launch an effort to monitor air quality around Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in central Maryland, according to the Salisbury Daily Times.  

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Chicken exports in November 2018 increased 6.0 percent in quantity but decreased 6.6 percent in value when compared with 2017.

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President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will be sentenced on March 13 for attempted witness tampering and conspiring against the United States, according to a court filing on Monday,  Reuters reported.

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U.S. regional lender BB&T Corp. will buy rival SunTrust Bank Inc. for approximately $28 billion in stock, unveiling the largest bank deal since the 2007-2009 financial crisis and a potential first step in a long-awaited wave of consolidation in the sector, according to a Reuters report.

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J.P. Morgan, based in Chicago, Illinois, has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied leader member company. Colby Craig, relationship executive, will serve as the official representative to NCC.

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AMS on January 30, 2019, purchased can boned chicken as indicated below for distribution to domestic food assistance programs.

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