USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack last week said that “these past few years haven’t been easy for homegrown fuel and its supporters. We’ve had to set the record straight about the effects of ethanol production on food costs, we’ve worked to explain your contributions to the global feed market, and to remind people around the world about the amazing increases in efficiency you have made over the past decade,” during comments he made at the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference last week.

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The National Chicken Council today filed comments offering support of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed rule entitled “Prior Label Approval System: Generic Label Approval,”  which was published in the Federal Register on December 5.  However, NCC did note in its comments that the proposed rule  requires additional clarifications and refinements.

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The National Chicken Council joined a group of other agriculture associations in sending a letter today to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging the agency to approve the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Numeric Nutrient Criteria for the state of Florida and to withdraw the rule entitled “Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida’s Lakes and Flowing Waters.”

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for January 2012 were 6,711,000, a 4-percent decrease from the 6,989,000 pullet chicks placed in January 2011, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending March 3 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 152,096,000 broilers, a 5-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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