A new report from Rabobank International entitled “This Is Not Your Grandfather’s Chicken Industry” says that the U.S. chicken industry is encountering permanent, rather than cyclical challenges, that will require significant changes in how the industry operates in the future.

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Dynamic Fuels, LLC, a joint venture between Tyson Foods and Syntroleum Corporation has been  awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Navy with 450,000 gallons of renewable fuel–the single largest purchase of biofuel in government history.

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The National Chicken Council submitted comments today to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service regarding their proposed rule entitled “Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate,” published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2011.

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The Food Industry Dioxin Working Group (FIDWG), a group of production agriculture and farm input, processing and retail food interests, sent a letter on December 7 to the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy Melody Barns, to express their deep concerns over the draft dioxin risk assessment out of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) recently released a White Paper on antibiotic use in food-animal production.

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The Food and Drug Administration has announced the availability of a draft guidance entitled “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Anticoccidial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals.”

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will moderate a panel of former Secretaries of Agriculture to speak on “Agriculture: Visions of the Future” at USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Restaurant traffic is projected to stay flat for the rest of 2011 and into the first part of 2012 because of “the continued economic saga of high unemployment and low consumer confidence,” according to researchers at the NPD Group.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending December 10 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 151,865,000 broilers, a 9-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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