Bill Roenigk, NCC consultant and former NCC senior vice president and chief economist, testified on Wednesday before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock,  Rural  Development and Credit about the current state of the chicken industry.

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More than 200 members of the House of Representatives, from both parties, have joined together to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to back off its plan to expand federal control under the Clean Water Act (CWA). 

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United States Trade Representative Michael Froman testified yesterday before the Senate Finance Committee on the President’s 2014 trade policy agenda, saying that the administration is pursuing the most ambitious trade agenda in decades with the negotiation of high-standard trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region and with the European Union.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the updated 2012 Census of Agriculture data. The census includes data at the national, state, and county levels on a range of topics, including farms, land, agricultural practices, economics, demographics, and production, as well as energy, organics, conservation, specialty crops, and more.

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In its first global report on antimicrobial resistance, released Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) says “a post-antibiotic era–in which common infections and minor injuries can kill–is a very real possibility for the 21st century.”

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Maryland is joining three other jurisdictions in supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the legal battle with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) over setting pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay.

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Uruguay has granted final approval for that country to  import U.S. fresh and frozen poultry and poultry products, (including U.S. fresh chicken), effective April 21, 2014, according to a USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) bulletin this week.

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China is on a path to become the world’s largest corn importing country in 10 years, surpassing Japan, as the nation expands its livestock production to provide for growing meat demand, according to a report from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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OK Foods, Inc. announced today that the maintenance and refrigeration employees at its Heavener, Oklahoma processing facility have decided against the need to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) conducted election.

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Those interested in attending the National Chicken Council’s Chicken Marketing Seminar this summer in Georgia should consider registering by Monday, May 19 and be eligible to win a free suite upgrade at the resort.

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) final rule on the common or usual name for raw meat and poultry containing added solutions has reached the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

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Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Jane Doherty, director of sanitary and phytosanitary affairs, will be taking the international affairs liaison position at USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service, according to USDA officials.

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