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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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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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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