With continued wet soil conditions in much of the Corn Belt, farmers are beginning to focus more on planting soybeans instead of more corn, according to a report from Dr. Darrel Good, agricultural economist with the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.

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The U.S. poultry industry has been one of the strongest voices in U.S. agriculture for trade liberalization and international market opening.   “In the case of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement, however, the U.S. poultry industry is, very frankly, much less enthusiastic,” said National Chicken Council Senior Vice President Bill Roenigk yesterday at the United States International Trade Commission.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the appointment of 15 individuals to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has accepted the National Chicken Council’s request to conduct a webinar on the mandatory country-of-origin (mCOOL) rules as they pertain to chicken.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this week issued a notice announcing the availability of an updated draft guidance document to assist establishments in appropriately validating their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems.

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USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) this week announced it is requesting public comments on its proposal to merge three news collection and reporting systems into one.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending June 1 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 140,554,000 broilers, a 1-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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