Watts named secretary general of IPC

August 27, 2012
Watts named secretary general of IPC

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — George Watts, who retired last year as president of the National Chicken Council, has been named secretary general of the International Poultry Council (IPC). He assumed the position during the IPC’s recent annual meeting in Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil. Watts replaces George Winn, who recently stepped down as executive...

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Russia joins WTO after 18 years of talks

August 27, 2012
Russia joins WTO after 18 years of talks

WASHINGTON — United States Trade Representative Ron Kirkk  has welcomed Russia as the 156th Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In a statement issued Aug. 22 upon Russia’s accession to the WTO, Kirk said, “We congratulate Russia on joining the World Trade Organization. Russia’s WTO membership opens the door to increased opportunities for American...

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Georgia governor requests ethanol waiver

August 24, 2012
Georgia governor requests ethanol waiver

WASHINGTON — “It is abundantly clear that substantial evidence exists now within the existing reports of USDA regarding expected crop yields and within private sector forecasts of crop yields that current and futures pricing of corn will result in severe economic harm in the poultry and livestock sectors,” wrote Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R)...

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Missouri factory to make soy chicken product

August 24, 2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A soy-based chicken substitute developed by Fu-Hung Hsieh, a professor of biological engineering at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri, will soon be manufactured just a few miles from where it was developed. Savage River Farms, a Maryland-based company that specializes in healthy food products, announced...

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Low-interest emergency loans available in drought counties

August 23, 2012
Low-interest emergency loans available in drought counties

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 155 designated 172 additional counties in 15 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. To date, USDA has designated 1,792 counties as disaster areas — 1,670 due to drought....

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Agriculture and biotech companies work to defeat Prop. 37

August 23, 2012

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The nation’s largest agribusiness and biotech companies are pouring millions of dollars into California to stop the first-ever initiative to require special labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients, a sign of their determination to keep the measure from sparking a nationwide movement. So far, farming giants...

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