Two House members of the Ways and Means Committee introduced legislation Thursday to repeal a key subsidy for ethanol, signaling growing support for eliminating the blender’s tax credit or the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC).

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Enough “cellulosic” ethanol to meet federal targets is nowhere in sight, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledged again this week in proposing quotas for biofuels usage in 2012.

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Corn would cost about a dollar a bushel less if the federal ethanol mandate and subsidies did not exist, according to a study by Dr. Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University.

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National Chicken Council President Emeritus George Watts was the guest of honor at a dinner given by the Board of Directors at its recent summer meeting, with old friends giving warm tributes to his nearly 39 years at the helm of the organization.

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Congress should approve “permanent normal trade relations” (PNTR) with Russia this year the White House said this week, according to a Reuters report.

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week proposed sweeping changes to the federal rules governing union organizing elections, giving a boost to unions that have long called for the NLRB to give employers less time to fight representation votes.

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The Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule this week that would change the rules concerning the role consultants play in union organizing campaigns by adopting reporting requirements advocated by organized labor.

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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a new report from the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) that for the first time studied the urban chicken population in the United States.

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George’s Inc. and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week that a settlement has been reached in DOJ’s civil antitrust suit relating to George’s acquisition of the Tyson Foods’ former processing plant located in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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FPP Family Investments, the parent company of Perdue Farms, has completed the purchase of Coleman Natural Foods, a producer of natural and organic poultry and meat.

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