Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms, Laurel, Mississippi, took over this week as Chairman of the National Chicken Council, the trade association for the chicken production and processing industry.

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Newly elected members of the National Chicken Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors were announced at the trade association’s Annual Conference in Washington this week.

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Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced two measures this week concerning eliminating and reducing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for ethanol.

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After four years of languishing, the three pending free trade agreements (Korea, Colombia, and Panama) could be approved by Congress as early as next week, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and White House Chief of Staff William Daley.

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The National Chicken Council, along with broad coalition of 78 food and agriculture associations, sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees requesting that as part of the committee’s recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, “you include a two-year moratorium on all discretionary, non-essential regulatory actions that would increase the cost of food and agriculture production and processing.”

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Russia has agreed to phase down its farm subsidies according to a draft report on  the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations with Russia, described by officials to BNA.

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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk expressed a positive tone on Russia’s World Trade Organization (WTO) membership prospects this week following a meeting in Washington with Russia to meet its objective of concluding the WTO negotiations by the end of the year.

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Eight poultry and meat organizations sent a letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack  yesterday requesting that USDA “give the highest priority to completing the review as soon as possible” for determining the status of Chinese plants seeking approval to  export cooked poultry to the United States.

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Broiler consumption in China next year is forecast to be 10 kilograms per person on average, unchanged from this year, but up one kilogram from 2010, according to the latest poultry GAIN report from the Beijing office of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

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Brazilian broiler exports are forecast to increase by 5 percent in 2012 to a record level of 3.550 million metric tons, according to USDA’s FAS GAIN report on poultry from Brasilia.

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The federal goals for “cellulosic” ethanol–made from corn cobs, wood chips, and other “biomass”– are almost impossible to achieve unless dramatic technological breakthroughs occur and massive federal subsidies are offered, according to a study by the National Research Council (NRC).

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Ethanol manufacturers faced with slowing growth in demand are turning to the corn oil market to help boost revenues, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.  Several of the nation’s largest ethanol companies, including Green Plains Renewable Energy and Valero Energy, have invested in equipment to produce the oil.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation says it will appeal a ruling by a federal magistrate judge that awards more than $25 million to growers formerly associated with the company’s processing plant in El Dorado, Arkansas, which it closed in 2008.

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Alabama’s poultry farmers continue to rebuild after the April 27 tornadoes that devastated large areas of the state and destroyed or damaged more than 700 chicken houses.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it would be splitting its dioxin draft reassessment into two parts– non-cancer assessment and cancer assessment.

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