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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced Tuesday that the United States has requested dispute settlement consultations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over China’s antidumping and countervailing duties on U.S. chicken. 

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Broiler chick placements for growout since mid-year have a “pattern of strong declines” and this development is expected to continue through the remainder of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter, according to the Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook report this month from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). 

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Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has accepted an invitation to speak at the National Chicken Council Annual Conference in Washington October 5.

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A proposal by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to increase requirements for companies to report employee hospitalizations is an added burden on employers and will do “little if anything” to improve workplace safety, according to the Joint Poultry Industry Safety & Health Council.

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The deficit reduction plan President Obama introduced this week will reduce farm subsidies by shrinking federal contributions to crop insurance programs and land conservation programs–direct payments that go to farmers based on crops they planted in past years. 

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Even though total broiler meat consumption in the Caribbean is predicted to decline about 1 percent in 2011 from 2010, total broiler meat consumption in the Caribbean will have increased 49 percent from 263,000 metric tons in 2001 to an estimated 392,000 tons in 2011 according to the International Egg and Poultry Review from Agricultural Marketing Service’s Poultry Program. 

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Last week the U.S. District Court in Georgia approved a donning and doffing settlement between Tyson Foods and about 17,000 plant employees in twelve states. 

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Most consumers acknowledge that they knew little or nothing about farming or ranching, according to a new survey, but claim that they often think about food production and make purchase decisions based on how their food is raised or grown. 

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On September 15, both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a notice in the Federal Register titled “Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption; Establishment of Dockets; Request for Comments, Data, and Information.”  The agencies are interested in research that will help them better understand current and emerging industry practices as it relates to sodium reduction in foods. 

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) last week purchased 6,138,000 pounds of consumer pack whole chicken at a cost of $5,257,185.12 for school lunch and other domestic food nutrition assistance programs. 

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