President Donald Trump has signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 20.

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With chicken occupying a top position in protein meals for Americans and others, with the average consumer in the United States eating about 95 pounds of chicken a year — a great priority for the industry is to make sure there are no threats or problems. One persistent problem the industry has been dealing with for several years is woody breast syndrome.

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The new $300 million Simmons Foods poultry production plant will bring more than jobs to the western Benton county area.  Decatur School Superintendent Steven Watkins said he expects to see his district grow as more workers come on board at the plant.  “People will move in, and businesses and shopping will follow,” he said.  “The plant will be a cornerstone for growth in western Benton County.”

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Case Farms has made a $100,000 donation to the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) to support the school’s second campus in Morganton. Case Farms’ $100,000 gift will help fund the development of the second campus that is set to open in 2021.  The western campus will help provide a cutting-edge education for high schoolers across North Carolina.

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Net farm income could reach a five-year high in 2019, according to new estimates out this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  However, sales from crops, livestock and other goods are not responsible for most of the gains contained in the latest updates on agriculture finances.  Instead, updates to 2018 figures and government aid to offset losses from trade disputes appears to account for most of the improvement.

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A $35,000 grant from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has helped Man 2 Man Fatherhood Initiative put fathers to work in the Pee Dee Region in rural eastern South Carolina over the last year. The Foundation’s funding supports the fatherhood program’s Employability Bootcamp, which provides skills assessment, education and training for fathers to gain employment or advance to higher-wage careers.

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Charm Sciences, Inc., based in Lawrence, MA, has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied member company. Monica St. Pierre, executive assistant, will serve as the official representative to NCC.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service on November 20, 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 2020.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending November 23, 2019 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 167,531,000 broilers, a 35-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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