The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a more ambitious goal for the production of cellulosic biofuels in 2012 requiring that 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels be used in 2012, up from the 6.6 million gallons it required in 2011.

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The World Trade Organization gave the United States, Canada, and Mexico an extra two months to decide whether to appeal a November ruling that found American country-of-origin labeling provisions unfairly hurt agricultural commerce.

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently released USDA’s new nutrition SuperTracker. The SuperTracker is a comprehensive resource available at ChooseMyPlate.gov designed to assist individuals as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced a public meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss federal efforts to enhance food safety strategies through the improved use of and characterization of foodborne illness source attribution.

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Popeyes has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied member.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on January 5 purchased chicken products as indicated below for distribution to the school lunch child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2012.

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Madeline Godfrey Perdue, former wife of the late Frank Perdue and mother of Jim Perdue, died in her home on December 28 at the age of 91.

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The National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA) has announced that James Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, will receive NPFDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for November 2011 were 6,890,000, a 9-percent decrease from the 7,589,000 pullet chicks placed in November 2010, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued last month by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending January 7 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 135,722,000 broilers, a 19-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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