The U.S. chicken industry provides 1,613,881 jobs, $91.3 billion in wages, $433.2 billion in economic activity and $31.5 billion in government revenue, according to a new economic impact study released this week by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF) and United Egg Producers (UEP).

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Congressman David Scott (D-GA) was chosen as the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for the 117th Congress, overwhelmingly elected yesterday by the full House Democratic caucus.

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NCC on Tuesday joined a broad group of food and agriculture organizations in a letter to Congressional leadership expressing support for two bills that would provide liability protection to essential businesses that have operated under federal standards and guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Polina Burko this week joined NCC as Director of Meetings and Member Services, where she will oversee all of the council’s meetings and events and serve as a liaison between the council and membership.

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Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Tom Carper (D-DE) recently received the Friend of the Farm Bureau Awards, a national-level award granted every two years recognizing members of Congress who work to advance policies supporting agriculture and farmers.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Tuesday voted 13-1 to approve the recommendation that the first available COVID-19 vaccines should be distributed to essential healthcare personnel and older adults, specifically those residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

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Shenandoah Valley Organic recently announced it plans to build a second 75,000 square-foot facility in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Broiler-type chicks hatched during October 2020 totaled 805 million, a decrease of 1-percent from October 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 660 million on November 1, 2020, down 3-percent from a year ago. Leading breeders placed 8.07 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October 2020, up 7-percent from October 2019, based on USDA latest Chickens and Eggs report.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchased chicken and chicken products as indicated below for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2021.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending December 5, 2020 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 170,127,000 broilers, a 1-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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