President Obama will speak to a joint session of Congress at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening to unveil his latest proposals to stimulate the economy and create jobs through federal spending on infrastructure, education and “clean energy” development,  and possibly also to stimulate the housing market or assist homeowners facing mortgage problems. 

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) appears ready to advance a trio of appropriations bills, according to a schedule issued by the committee September 1.

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The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) hopes to resolve a trade dispute with Mexican producers after a meeting in Mexico City. 

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President Obama announced today his administration will temporarily withdraw a proposed regulation tightening air pollution standards, which could have cost the economy as much as $90 billion per year.   The tougher standards could make a comeback in two years, however.

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Experts in human and animal health are downplaying the alarm raised by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) over the emergence of another strain of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), saying variations are expected and that a vaccine is being developed to deal with the latest one. 

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Russian broiler production is expected to increase 9.1 percent in 2012, as the Russian government increased its subsidies to producers in late July 2011 so they can realize “normalized feed prices,” according to “Poultry and Products AnnualGAIN Report RS1139 from Moscow. 

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Sally J. Smith, president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar, will discuss  the restaurant chain’s success story at the National Chicken Council’s Annual Conference scheduled October 4-5 at the Four Seasons in Washington.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending September 3 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 161,286,000 broilers, a 6-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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