Congress this week passed a one-week funding extension (Continuing Resolution, or CR) for six appropriations bills, including Agriculture-FDA, through March 8, averting a partial government shutdown this weekend.

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A federal district court granted USDA’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States and several other animal rights activists challenging USDA’s issuance of poultry slaughter line speed waivers in 2018.

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Longtime Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced this week he plans to step down from Senate leadership following the end of the current Congress. Sen. McConnell does plan to complete his current Senate term, however, which runs through 2026.

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Colombia has lifted its ban on U.S. poultry and egg imports after being shut down in August 2023, when Colombia’s Institute for Agriculture and Livestock (ICA) cited HPAI outbreaks as the reason for the market closure.

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Wayne-Sanderson Farms is constructing a state-of-the-art feed mill at the company’s Danville Fresh Processing Complex, according to a company press release. Purpose-designed and built to serve 125 family farm partners in the region, the new mill will provide complete nutrition solutions for local farmers.

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OFFLU, a global network of animal influenza experts established jointly in 2005 by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this week released its 2023 Annual Report. The goal of the network is to support and coordinate global efforts to prevent, detect and control important influenzas in animals.

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Perdue Farms names new CCO

On March 1, 2024, in Industry Notes, by Tom

Perdue Farms on Tuesday announced Todd Tillemans as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), according to a company press release.

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North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, and Texas were the top five states for liveweight broiler production last year, accounting for 55.5 percent of total U.S. federally inspected production, down slightly from 55.7 percent in 2022. These five states had a combined production of 34.047 billion pounds in 2023, 0.1 percent less than the 34.082 billion pounds in 2022.

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Total frozen poultry supplies on January 31, 2024, were up one percent from the previous month but down one percent from a year ago. Total chicken stocks were down five percent from last month and seven percent from last year.

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USDA’s February 2024 Poultry Slaughter report showed that during January 2024, the read-to-cook weight totaled 4.55 billion pounds, up two percent from the prior year.

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USDA’s February Chickens & Eggs report showed that broiler-type chicks hatched in the United States decreased slightly from 2023 to 2024. In the United States, per 1,000 chicks, there were 846,059 placed in January 2024 as compared to 844,875 placed in January 2024, a difference of 1,184.

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In the United States, the total value of all chickens on December 1, 2023, was $3.76 billion, up 11 percent from the prior year.  Likewise, the average value of a chicken increased from $6.56 per bird in 2022 to $7.20 per bird at the end of 2023.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchased bulk chicken products for their Child Nutrition and other related Domestic Food Distribution Programs.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending March 2, 2024, is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 167,543,000 broilers, a no change from the same week a year earlier.

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