President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) were working against the clock and against resistance from their respective parties Thursday in an effort to strike an agreement on a deficit-reduction deal that could avert a government default in less than two weeks.

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Broiler parts exports in May this year were 272,574 metric tons valued at $319.66 million compared with 260,119 tons valued at $273.42 million in May last year, a 4.8-percent increase in quantity and a 16.9-percent increase in value.

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Two “persistent demand shocks”–corn for biofuels production and U.S. soybean exports to China–are in the “mix of factors” causing commodity and food price increases in recent months, according to a new study presented this week by the Farm Foundation.

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The Russian government said this week that it has achieved progress in its World Trade Organization (WTO) entry negotiations with the United States on car assembly rules, but conceded that disagreements remained on meat import matters, according to a BNA report.

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The brutal heat wave that has gripped the country’s midsection is causing unusual bird losses and reducing liveweights on growout farms, especially in the upper Midwest, a region unaccustomed to the triple-digit temperatures that used to cause extensive losses in the South.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a new rule to require the use of “common or usual names” for raw meat and poultry products that include marinades or other solutions and ban use of the term “enhanced” to describe the product.

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The Obama administration has reportedly decided not to submit legislation to implement pending free trade agreements (FTA) with Korea, Colombia, and Panama before the August 6 start of the month-long congressional summer recess.

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Business groups came out in force during a hearing earlier this week at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to oppose new rules that are meant to tighten the process of  unionization elections.

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Nearly a third of consumers are going online to get recipes and other information about chicken, according to a new survey conducted for the National Chicken Council.

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Consumers are dealing with rising food prices by buying less beef and pork and shifting to more economical cuts of chicken, Steve Lutz of The Perishables Group said at the Chicken Marketing Seminar in Squaw Valley, California, this week.

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Americans are eating more meals at home and fewer in restaurants as the recession drags on and incomes stagnate, food analyst Harry Balzer told the Chicken Marketing Seminar in Squaw Valley, California, this week.

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Broiler exports are running at near-record levels thanks to a weak dollar and diversified demand, an analyst told the Chicken Marketing Seminar held by the National Chicken Council and National Poultry and Food Distributors Association in Squaw Valley, California, this week.

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