Broiler parts, frozen and in retail-consumer pack or in institutional pack are the products USDA will purchase in the $40 million program announced this week by the department.

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Whole broiler prices at the wholesale level are “not expected to strengthen much,” during the second half of this year even though broiler production is estimated to decrease 1.3 percent in third quarter 2011 and decrease 2.7 percent in fourth quarter this year (a 2-percent decline during second half 2011),  according to the “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report issued this week from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Senior executives from four chicken processing companies will speak on the current state of the industry and what the future might hold during a panel discussion scheduled at the National Chicken Council’s Annual Conference to be held October 4-5 in Washington, D.C.

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An 11-year-old asked President Obama in a town-hall meeting this week in Atkinson, Illinois, “I was wondering, what are you going to do to keep (my grandpa’s) ethanol plant running,” among other questions posed to the president.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry, who jumped into the Republican presidential nomination race last weekend, may be the only candidate who has actually taken action against the federal mandate that is pulling increasing amount of corn into ethanol production. In 2008, Perry filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking a 50-percent reduction in the mandate due to the high price of corn. 

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“Mr President, rural America needs jobs.  The GIPSA rule would kill them,” according to a full-page advertisement that appeared in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald on Tuesday and paid for by the Iowa’s Cattlemen’s Association, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the National Pork Producers Council.

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Beginning August 28,  USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will fully implement the donning and doffing requirements for inspectors’  lunch period.

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The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing September 7 to consider the nomination of Ambassador Islam Siddiqui who has also been serving since March 2010 as chief agricultural negotiator at the U.S. Trade Representative Office.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) this week purchased 5,000,000 pounds of chicken and chicken products at a cost of $4,714,518 for school lunch and other domestic food nutrition assistance programs.  The Department also announced commitments for the purchases of diced cooked chicken for fiscal year 2011. 

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The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has announced a national forum that will focus on the use of antibiotic in the sustainable production of food.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending August 20 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 159,522,000 broilers, a 3-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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