The U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Maryland yesterday ruled in favor of chicken growers Alan and Kristin Hudson and Perdue Farms  in a case filed against them by Waterkeeper Alliance Inc, saying the plaintiffs, did not prove their case.

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Wholesale broiler prices are expected to be “relatively stable” during the end of 2012 and into 2013, despite higher year-over-year production during fourth quarter this year and higher cold storage stocks for the end of 2012, according to the “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report this week from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Chicken parts exports in October this year were 317,212 metric tons valued at $394.91 million compared with a year earlier when exports were 329,280 tons valued at $393.97 million, a 3.7-percent decrease in tonnage and a 0.2-percent rise in dollars.

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Contract negotiations have broken off this week between shipping companies and dockworkers less than two weeks before the current contract expires December 29, leading to concerns that a strike will be difficut to avert.

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In a December 20 letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS), House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (R-MN), the National Chicken Council, and other groups requested again that USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres be reduced from the current level of 32 million acres to 25 million acres.

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Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement continued earlier this month for the 11 participating countries, including the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and Canada and Mexico who joined the talks for the first time.

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Although overall progress has been achieved during the first year of the  U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Plan, advancement on the poultry and meat export certification effort has not been as rapid as anticipated, according to the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council’s first progress report.

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Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, named this week five members to serve as subcommittee chairmen for the 113th Congress.

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In a surprise about-face, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn an order demanding that West Virginia poultry grower Lois Alt obtain a Clean Water Act discharge permit for stormwater runoff from her farmyard or face up to $37,500 per day in penalties, according to a presse release from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced a final rule establishing general regulations that the department says will improve the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a new policy requiring importers to maintain control of meat and poultry product tested for adulterants by FSIS and to not allow such products to enter commerce until negative test results have been received.

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will meet January 16-17 according to a December 19 Federal Register notice.

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The National Chicken Council office will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday.  Please note that the next publication date for the weekly Washington Report will be Friday, January 4.

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Harold Ford, retired executive director of what was then Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association, now the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, died December 14.

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Perdue Farms’ processing plant in Beaver Dam, Kentucky will receive $145,000 to support a project to convert poultry waste into electricity as part of a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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