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Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Mike Brown is the president of the National Chicken Council.

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WASHINGTON UPDATE

Poultry industry sheds light on Renewable Fuel Standard ramifications

This summer, a brighter light has been shone on the federal requirement that diverts much of the nation’s corn into fuel.
While the shortage of rain and dry conditions have and continue to wreak havoc on our nation’s farmers and livestock and poultry producers, there was one good thing that emanated from this summer’s crippling drought: a brighter light was shone on the federal requirement that diverts much of the nation’s dwindling corn crop into fuel.
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WASHINGTON UPDATE

Understanding the USDA proposed poultry slaughter inspection rule

Mike Brown, National Chicken Council, separates fact from fiction when it comes to the proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule.
The proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule will better protect the public from foodborne illnesses by reducing reliance on old-fashioned visual and sensory inspection and moving to prevention-oriented inspection systems based on actual risk to consumers. Studies by the National Academy of Sciences, the General Accounting Office and USDA have established the need to modernize the poultry inspection program.
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WASHINGTON UPDATE

Chicken producers seek improvements in trade

Expanding overseas markets are critically important to US chicken producers.
It has been well documented just how important the chicken industry is to the vibrancy of the whole U.S. economy. But the industry’s growth potential, and thus its economic potential, is in gaining increased access to foreign markets.
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Washington Update

US chicken producers applaud sunset of ethanol subsidy, but wary of final GIPSA

Congress adjourned in late December, 2011, without renewing the VEETC tax credit for blenders of corn ethanol and the tariff on imported ethanol.
The sunset of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and import tariff and the publishing of USDA’s long awaited Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration final livestock marketing rule are significant developments that will have major impacts on the U.S. broiler industry.
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Washington Update

USDA, EPA missing mark on president’s Executive Order

US Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency should follow the president’s executive order for agencies to protect safety, health and the environment while promoting economic growth.
USDA and EPA should follow the president’s executive order for agencies to protect promote safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth. USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration proposed rule would cost the poultry and meatpacking industries billions of dollars with no benefit to anyone but plaintiff’s lawyers. The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing a comprehensive regulatory framework in the Chesapeake Bay region that promises to be a large economic burden on farming in the Chesapeake watershed.
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