In a white paper released today, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the National Chicken Council refute claims made in a recent report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice and provide facts about the poultry industry and its approach to worker safety.

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Farmers may plant 97.43 million acres of corn this year, up 0.3 percent from last year, which would be the largest corn area since 1936, according to a Farm Futures magazine survey report issued this week.

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Brazilian broiler exports are expected to increase by 3 percent in 2013, driven by higher shipments of whole broilers, in general, and chicken parts to China and Hong Kong in particular, according to this week’s “International Egg and Poultry Review” from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee is issuing a series of white papers as the first step in reviewing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis formally notified Congress on March 20 of the Obama administration’s intent to launch negotiations on a comprehensive trade and investment agreement with the European Union, which it is calling the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has requested a judge dismiss a lawsuit brought by West Virginia chicken grower Lois Alt, saying the case is now moot, according to an Associated Press and other news reports.

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McDonald’s is planning a major rollout of a new sandwich called McWrap, which it hopes will be a “Subway buster,” according to a report in Advertising Age.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending March 23 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 154,623,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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