Congress should revise the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) to ensure that food producers are not starved for corn by the increasing demand from the ethanol industry, the National Chicken Council told a congressional committee yesterday.

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The ethanol industry would hang onto $232 million in federal subsidies over three years under a compromise agreement to abolish the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), the blender’s credit that has been costing the federal treasury billions of dollar a year, as well as a protective tariff on imported ethanol.

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The Committee on Small Business held a hearing this week in the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee on “Regulatory Injury: How USDA’s Proposed GIPSA Rule Hurts America’s Small Business.”

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Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Administrator Al Almanza communicated to NCC President Mike Brown that he was delaying implementation of the agency’s donning and doffing rule until July 17, 2011.

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U.S. and Mexican officials signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week allowing each country’s trucks to operate on the other’s highways.

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United Egg Producers (UEP) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are calling a truce in the caged-layer wars and have agreed to seek federal legislation to phase out conventional cages and replace them over the next 15 to 18 years with “enriched colony” cages with perches, nesting boxes, and scratching areas.

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Generous financial support from 15 companies is helping to make the National Chicken Council’s upcoming Marketing Seminar more successful and enjoyable for meeting participants.

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The Poultry Science Association (PSA) announced this week the names of the individuals who will be recognized for their research contributions at the association’s awards banquet on July 19 in conjunction with PSA’s annual conference.

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Although beef remains the most popular grilling meat for the Fourth of July holiday, chicken is closing the gap.

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Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney is stepping down from her post next month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week.

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