As a result of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arresting approximately 680 people in sweeping raids at seven sites in six different cities in Mississippi on Wednesday, August 7,  the National Chicken Council sent the following letter on August 8 to President Trump.

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Registration is open for the National Chicken Council’s 65th Annual Conference scheduled Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30 at the Four Seasons Hotel located at 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

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Chicken exports in June 2019 decreased 1.5 percent in quantity and increased 2.4 percent in value when compared with June 2018.

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Tyson Foods, Inc. announced yesterday that it has created a new, state-of-the-art facility designed to help the company develop more automation and robotics for its food production plants.

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Dr. Iksoon Kang has been awarded the Broiler Research Award, instituted by the National Chicken Council. The award is given for distinctive research work that has a strong economic impact on the broiler industry. Research may be conducted in any major discipline and is evaluated primarily on the economic influence the work has had or will have on the industry. The award is given for research published in the preceding five calendar years.

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As part of its commitment to hunger relief, Perdue Farms delivered a $10,000 grant and 40,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to continue a school-based mobile pantry in Cabarrus County at Winecoff Elementary School in Concord for the upcoming school year.  The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation – the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms – provided the grant.

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Marel is hosting a Software KnowHow, Innova user conference, on September 25-26 in Kansas City. The Software KnowHow provides a unique opportunity for food processors to join together in learning and sharing information about Innova food processing software and the many ways it can be used to optimize production.

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Subway will launch a test of sandwiches made with plant-based meatballs from Beyond Meat at 685 restaurants in the United States and Canada next month. Other chains including Dunkin’, Hardee’s and Tim Hortons have added Beyond Meat products to the menu, and Burger King is expanding its Impossible Whopper from Impossible Foods to all of its U.S. restaurants.

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Innovative Water Care/BlueSense, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied member company. Jacqueline Schramm, sales manager, will serve as the official representative to NCC.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS), Commodity Procurement Program (CPP), has recently published an updated version of the Domestic Master Solicitation for Commodity Procurement (MSCP).

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending August 10, 2019 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 174,710,000 broilers, a 4-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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The National Chicken Council joined a list of agriculture groups, livestock and poultry producers in sending a letter on July 26 urging for swift Senate confirmation for Dr. Mindy Brashears to be U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Food Safety.

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Congress passed an agreement this week that would raise budget caps and the debt ceiling while setting overall spending levels for the next two fiscal years.

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President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday that he plans to impose an additional 10 percent tariff on over $300 billion of Chinese goods beginning on September 1.

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OK Foods increased the base pay rate for hourly production workers in its Arkansas and Oklahoma facilities on July 28, 2019.

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