Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) notice 57-12 outlines the young chicken classes that are included in FSIS’s carcass-based Salmonella and Campylobacter verification testing program.

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USDA’s monthly “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” (WASDE) report this week confirmed further deterioration in this year’s U.S. corn harvest, thus exacerbating an already dire situation, the National Chicken Council and other animal agricultural organizations said in a press release Wednesday.

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Corn and soybean yield and production projections for this year were decreased as the U.S. Corn Belt continues to suffer through the worst drought since at least 1956.

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USDA’s broiler production forecast for next year was further trimmed and is now expected to be 35.966 billion pounds, 143 million pounds less than USDA’s August estimate and 1.1 percent below the revised downward level of 36.374 billion pounds for 2012, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report this week from the World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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Chicken exports in July this year were 306,866 metric tons valued at $384.43 million compared with 333,150 tons valued at $395.42 million in July 2011, a 7.9-percent decrease in quantity and a 2.8-percent decline in value.

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In comments filed this week with the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC), the National Chicken Council (NCC) and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) expressed their support and offered suggested conditions for having Mexico and Canada included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.

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The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and several U.S. chicken companies have jointly filed an appeal with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) against Mexico’s anti-dumping action on U.S. chicken leg quarters.

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“Every effort” must be made during the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations “to ensure that the Vietnamese agricultural market is fully liberalized,” the National Chicken Council and 45 other groups stated in a September 7 letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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The United States imposed increased tariffs on imports of passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China in 2009 under the so-called Section 421 safeguard, and these duties are expected to expire September 26.

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Congress is scheduled to leave Friday, September 21, to return home to campaign, leaving only five legislative days left before recess.

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The deadline to register to attend  the National Chicken Council’s 58th Annual Conference is next Tuesday, September 18.  The conference is scheduled October 10-11 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C.

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An extension of the public comment period associated with the August 30, 2012, Federal Register notice, “Request for Comment on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard” was announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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A South Dakota beef producer on Thursday filed a defamation lawsuit against ABC News, claiming the broadcaster unfairly disparaged its beef additive by labeling it “pink slime.”

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Canada’s second-biggest hog producer, Big Sky Farms, has entered into receivership as the North American hog industry struggles under the bruising costs of animal feed.

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Val-Co™, a leading supplier of equipment, systems, and services for poultry and swine production, has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied industry member.

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