NCC set out to help answer questions about consumer demands related to sustainability through a nationwide survey earlier this year.  This week, NCC’s Tom Super posted a guest column on WATTAgNet.com discussing the need to help consumers understand sustainability in chicken production:

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President Donald Trump announced on Thursday an immigration overhaul that would include a points-based system favoring highly-skilled workers.

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Production for most animal proteins is expected to increase in 2020, compared to production levels of 2019. Among the factors driving higher production are producer responses to forecasts of continued-positive U.S. economic conditions, including improved producer returns, according to USDA’s May Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook report.

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Burgers have been a top item ordered at U.S. restaurants for decades but chicken sandwiches have come on strong over the last several years, according to a press release from The NPD Group.  There are more chicken sandwich restaurant concepts and chicken sandwiches are appearing on more menus, but burgers remain the top sandwich ordered overall.

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The Senate Agriculture Committee approved on Tuesday the nomination of Dr. Mindy Brashears to be U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Food Safety.

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Total U.S. poultry and red meat production for 2020 is forecast above 2019, according to USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.  Broiler production is expected to surpass 2019 levels as the industry responds to increased expansion of processing capacity late in 2019 and favorable feed prices.

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The parent company of Burger King, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Tim Hortons said Wednesday it will increase its global locations by 55 percent in an effort to become one of the world’s largest restaurant conglomerates.

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While trade barriers exist that are keeping U.S. pork and poultry out of China, Sanderson Farms CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr. said if the trade war between the two countries were to end, it could create some great opportunities.

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AMS on May 16, 2019, purchased chicken and chicken products as indicated below for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2019.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture’s AMS is seeking comments on the DRAFT Federal Purchase Program Specification for Grilled Chicken Fillet-Style, Fully Cooked, Frozen.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending May 18, 2019 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 170,052,000 broilers, a 4-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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