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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