The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Business Coalition, which includes the National Chicken Council in its membership, said it was encouraged by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s agreement on a pathway forward for consideration of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, along with the Colombia and Panama trade agreements and Trade Adjustment Assistance. 

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The Budget Control Act of 2011 (S.365) was approved by the House (269-161) Monday and the Senate Tuesday (74-26) and signed by the President Tuesday afternoon.  The agreement provides at least one dollar of actual spending cuts for each dollar in debt limit increases.  It does not raise one dollar in taxes. 

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Before Congress adjourned for its August recess, Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced the Agriculture Trade Facilitation Act H.R. 2707 that would require the United States to seek more stringent sanitary/phytosanitary provisions (SPS) in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement and other future free trade agreements. 

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The new Korean owners of Allen Family Foods met Thursday with Delaware Governor Jack Markell and assured him they would keep the company’s plant in Harbeson, Delaware, operating. The company also has a plant in Cordova, Maryland. 

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Turmoil in the international corn market contributed to the decision by Ukrainian billionaire Oleg Bakhmatyuk to bail out of a newly acquired role in the U.S. poultry industry, according to local officials.  U.S. managers of the company said it was unable to cover costs of production. 

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Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., has joined the National Chicken Council staff as Vice President of Science and Technology, NCC President Mike Brown has announced.  She succeeds Steve Pretanik, who retired.  Brown also announced that Mary Colville has been promoted from Director of Government Relations to Vice President of Government Affairs.

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U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has released a new video that takes a look at how chickens and turkeys are raised in the United States.

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National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA) has announced the winners of its four undergraduate scholarships awarded annually. 

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On July 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of a draft guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding the Final Rule, Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation.” 

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) last week purchased 2,028,000 pounds of chicken fajita strips at a cost of $3,776,225.70 and, this week, purchased 2,584,000 pounds of chicken and chicken products at a cost of $1,890,230.43 for school lunch and other domestic food nutrition assistance programs. 

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending August 6 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 158,554,000 broilers, a 5-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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