Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) formally approved on December 16 Russia’s terms for membership in the organization during a three-day meeting of the WTO’s ministerial conference in Geneva.

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Chicken parts exports in October this year were 329,033 metric tons valued at $393.52 million compared with 320,005 tons valued at $322.39 million in October 2010, a 2.8-percent increase in quantity and a 22.1-percent increase in value.

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After weeks of bitter partisan wrangling, the Senate is gone and the House is packing up with no sign of negotiation toward a compromise that would save an expiring tax break, as well as delay the expiration of unemployment benefits  and cuts to Medicare payments to doctors.

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Combined per capita poultry and red meat consumption could decrease in 2013 to the lowest level since 1966 when it was 161.2 pounds on a boneless weight  basis, according to yesterday’s “Daily Livestock Report.”

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Americans may shy away from eating foods the federal government has recommended if EPA publishes final conclusions about dioxins consistent with draft conclusions, more than a dozen food industry trade groups told the White House and top administration officials in recent letters.

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The National Association of Manufacturers made oral arguments yesterday in a lawsuit against the National Labor Relations Board.

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Between 2002 and 2007, total cropland decreased by 34 million acres to its lowest level since this USDA data series began in 1945, according to “Major Uses of Land in the United States, 2007” from the department’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced it has revised its national conservation practice standard on nutrient management to help producers better manage the application of nutrients on agricultural land.

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The Renewable Fuels Association has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a December 20 letter to explain why it missed a November 30 deadline to finalize renewable fuel requirements for 2012.

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BI-LO, LLC and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. have announced that BI-LO will purchase Winn-Dixie in a merger valued at about $560 million.

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The number of U.S. franchises declined for the third consecutive year, falling by a modest 0.6 percent  in 2011, according to a new report commissioned by the International Franchise Association (IFA).

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