Production of federally-inspected young meat chicken last year was 50,357,757,000 pounds, liveweight, 2.0 percent more than the 49,350,169,000 pounds in 2012, according to “Poultry Slaughter 2013 Summary” issued this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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First Lady Michelle Obama announced at a White House event on Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unveiling proposed “sweeping changes” to the Nutrition Facts Panel.

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The United States and Canada have agreed to harmonize the terminology used for wholesale meat and poultry cuts, according to a USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) news release this week.

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The National Chicken Council, along with a coalition of 10 other meat and poultry, dairy, and feed groups, sent a letter on Monday  to the House Energy and Commerce Committee supporting EPA’s proposed decrease to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Immigration appears to be the one area of agreement House Speaker John A. Boehner highlighted out of his private meeting this week with President Obama, signaling that the prospect for legislation may still have legs this year, according to a report yesterday in The Washington Times.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending March 1 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 156,065,000 broilers, 1-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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