Positive outcomes were achieved on a wide range of issues during the 22nd meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) held in China November 20-21, according to statements issued by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives Office and USDA.

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The so-called Super Committee created to try to curb the national debt abandoned its work and conceded failure on Monday.

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) last Friday ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico and made official its finding that the U.S.’ Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law violates WTO rules.

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A target of 500 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels for 2012 was originally set by the Energy Independence and Secretary Act of 2007, but the reality is that actual production is falling well-short of this goal.

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Empire Kosher has joined the National Chicken Council as its newest processor member.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on November 18 purchased bulk chicken products as indicated below for distribution to the school lunch child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2012.

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With the U.S. economy still struggling and consumer discretionary spending down, a number of restaurant chains are aggressively expanding into high-growth international markets.

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Yum! Brands Inc has announced it will end its efforts to allow low-income Americans to use food stamps at its U.S. restaurants after USDA expressed opposition.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for October 2011 were 6,289,000, a 9-percent decrease from the 6,876,000 pullet chicks placed in October 2010, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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