More than one third of the members of the House of Representatives have called on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to go back to the drawing board with a rule on the marketing of livestock and poultry proposed by the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

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The National Chicken Council, along with six other poultry and livestock trade groups, sent a letter this week to Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) applauding their leadership in introducing “The Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act,” which would end 30 years of tax credits for conventional ethanol and end the tariff on imported ethanol on July 1.

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Broiler parts exports in March this year were 268,162 metric tons valued at $295.19 million compared with 272,744 tons valued at $280.89 million in March 2010, a 1.7-percent decrease in quantity but a 5.1- percent increase in value.

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Broiler production expansion during the second half of 2011 and into 2012 will depend greatly on the strength of the general economy, including a gradual decline in the unemployment rate, and the prices for corn and soybean meal, according to the “Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook” report this week from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Top USDA officials are hopscotching across the Deep South today to check out the devastation caused by tornadoes and floods and discuss federal assistance programs with farmers, ranchers, business people, and residents.

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Demand for chicken is picking up after a slow start to the outdoor grilling season, and high prices for beef and pork are expected to support featuring of chicken by retailers and foodservice operators this summer, top executives of chicken companies told an investment conference this week.

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George Watts, president emeritus of the National Chicken Council, has been named to the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in recognition of his long career and leadership role in the chicken industry.

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Today is the deadline to register early for the National Chicken Council’s Marketing Seminar and be eligible to win a free suite upgrade at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California where the seminar will be held.

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Lockton Companies, LLC, has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied member.

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George’s Inc. has requested that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust division expedite the civil lawsuit that challenged the company’s recent acquisition of a chicken processing complex in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending May 21 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 163,785,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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