China has announced plans to impose retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. goods including soybeans, automobiles and oil.  The levies range from 5 to 10 percent and take effect September 1 and December 15, the same dates President Trump’s latest tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese goods are slated to kick in, the Chinese finance ministry said in a statement.

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U.S. and Japanese officials met this week in another round of trade talks aiming to lay the groundwork for a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Howard Kurtz, a media and political analyst for Fox News and host of the Sunday show Media Buzz, is scheduled to speak at the National Chicken Council’s 65th Annual Conference to be held Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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A recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) further demonstrates that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry.

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Elanco Animal Health has entered into an agreement with Bayer AG to acquire its animal health business in a transaction valued at $7.6 billion, creating one of the largest stand-alone veterinary-medicine companies in the world. The planned transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

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To meet a growing demand for quality broiler breeding stock around the world, Aviagen has built a new parent stock (PS) hatchery in Quitman, Georgia.  The grand opening ceremony was held on August 22, where Aviagen CEO Jan Henriksen welcomed and extended his appreciation to Quitman Mayor Nancy Dennard, other state and local government officials, and many who played a significant role in establishing the new facility. 

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Broiler production expectations are increased for the rest of 2019 and 2020 based on gains in average bird weights, while the benchmark price is revised down. Broiler imports are revised down on the expectation for fewer shipments from key suppliers.

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To help improve the control of Marek’s disease, veterinary medical officer John Dunn and his team at the Agricultural Research Service Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory in East Lansing, Michigan, analyzed Marek’s disease genomes to find out which genes are mostly associated with virulence.

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Brazil’s chicken meat production outlook for 2020 calls for an increase of 2.5 percent, mostly due to rising global demand for chicken meat, especially from China and higher domestic demand as the Brazilian economy is expected to rebound next year with a projected GDP growth of 2 percent, lower inflation and declining unemployment rates.

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Ukraine has obtained formal approval to export poultry meat to Japan for the first time ever after the two countries agreed on required veterinary certificates, Ukraine’s state department of food safety said on Wednesday.

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USDA on August 20 and 19, 2019, announced the purchase of 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. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending August 24, 2019 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 177,254,000 broilers, a 6-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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