Following an official exchange of letters confirming completion of applicable legal requirements and procedures, the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) will take effect May 15, according to a summary notice in USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) International Egg and Poultry Review  this week.

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Despite ethanol production increasing 3.4 percent last week to 894,000 barrels a day,  hitting the “E10 Blend Wall”  is having a negative impact on new projects, Doug Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, told an ethanol forum this week.

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Pollo Real, a pasture-grazed, federally-inspected poultry company in Socorro, New Mexico, received a production grant this week from the USDA Rural Development Program, according to New Mexico Business Weekly.

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Yum! Brands this week announced the promotion of Rick Carucci to president of the corporation.  He will report to David C. Novak, chairman and chief executive officer.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is “investigating potential concepts for acquisition that would provide additional growth,” according to Sally Smith, president and chief executive officer of the 835-store chain.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending May 5 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 151,870,000 broilers, a 5-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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