The United States and Japan reported today that they have made significant progress during talks this week on the stalemate over market access issues that have been blocking the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.

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Sorry — No Meat for You!

The following, written by Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco, originally appeared on the Huffington Post on  April 25.

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Broiler production this year in important poultry countries is estimated to be 85,292,000 metric tons, 1.4 percent higher than the 84,073,000 tons in 2013, but 1,690,000 tons below its previous estimate in November 2013, according to the Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade report this month from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

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The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) sanitary transport rule will have a broad impact on the food supply chain as these proposed regulatory changes are made to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to several reports.

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Vermont lawmakers on Wednesday became the first state to pass legislation requiring the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

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In conjunction with the launch of our new website – www.ChickenRoost.com – NCC has created several new social media accounts. 

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NCC consultant Bill Roenigk, former NCC senior vice president and chief economist, will testify next Wednesday before the Livestock, Rural Development and Credit Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee.

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Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst and vice president at The NPD Group, is slated to speak at the National Chicken Council’s July 20-22 Marketing Seminar, held in cooperation with the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association.

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Eli Lilly and Company, the parent company of Elanco, announced on Tuesday an agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health for approximately $5.4 billion in an all-cash transaction that will strengthen and diversify Elanco’s animal health business.

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Low-pathogenic avian influenza was detected in a quail flock in Stanilaus County, California, on April 18 and, as a result, Russia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have banned imports of chicken from California. 

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on April 24 purchased chicken products as indicated below for distribution to the school lunch child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2014.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for March 2014 were 6,790,000, a 3-percent increase when compared with the 6,589,000 pullet chicks placed in March 2013, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued last week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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