Funding for agriculture and food safety programs for fiscal year 2015 moved forward this week after both the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees approved their respective proposals by voice vote.   The House discretionary spending totals $20.9 billion; the Senate would allocate $20.6 billion.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has renewed its request for World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations to address Indonesia’s import licensing restrictions on poultry, other animals/animal products, and horticultural products.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday that the Obama administration will have to act alone on stemming deportations if the House does not move on immigration reform by the end of the summer.

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The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday approved two nominees to fill key positions at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce.

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The House Small Business Committee is joining the growing chorus of groups calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed Clean Water Act rule defining “waters of the United States,” arguing that the measure would be bad for small business, according to a Politico report.

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The popular “Supermarket and Foodservice Roundtable” will once again be part of the program during the National Chicken Council’s Chicken Marketing Seminar to be held July 20-22 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Georgia, approximately 75 miles east of the Atlanta airport.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period 60 days on its proposed rule “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food,” according to its May 20th Constituent Update.  The comment period was scheduled to end May 31, 2014.

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That’s the question posed by Adweek, a popular source of news for marketing, media and advertising professionals, in it’s cover story this week.  “Could the hamburger, the long-reigning, all-American favorite, finally be toast?” writes Joan Voight.

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Paper Pak Industries has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied member company.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending May 24 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 158,033,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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