USDA has conceded that its proposed rule on livestock and poultry production and marketing will have “significant” economic impact, which raises new hurdles to final approval of the rule.

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Many crop market analysts reacted to USDA’s “Acreage” report yesterday by questioning the unexpected increase in acres planted to corn.  These analysts believe  that, if the new data prove correct, it would significantly alter the supply and demand situation for grains and oilseeds this crop year and next.

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The chicken industry is under intense economic pressure from the rising cost of feedgrains, much of which is caused by the federal government’s ethanol program, Mike Welch, president and chief executive officer of Harrison Poultry in Bethlehem, Georgia told members of Congress this week.

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The Senate’s 73-27 vote against the blender’s credit for adding ethanol to motor gasoline was the first vote in Congress that the ethanol industry has ever lost, its chief lobbyist, Bob Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), told an industry audience Wednesday.

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Eighty-three members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently sent a letter to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyakto in Washington expressing their keen interest in ensuring the conclusion of an agreement to effectuate Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) will put its inspectors on a stopwatch soon to find out how much time it takes to put on a coat, hairnet, helmet, and earplugs; walk to and from their inspection stations; and take off the “gear.”

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USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) has released a notice detailing the implementation of its new performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter on chicken and turkey carcasses, taking effect today.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that the July 4th recess next week has been canceled–a decision meant to pressure negotiators to reach a deal on the looming potential debt default.

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A lobster, a pig, and a chicken have starring roles in a new public-service campaign urging consumers to practice safe food handling and preparation.

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