Americans to Eat 1.33 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl

Jamie Johansen

A National Chicken Council (NCC) annual report expects the consumption of the unofficial Super Bowl staple, the chicken wing, to hit 1.33 billion wings. NCC’s 2017 Wing Report estimates that Americans will eat 1.33 billion wings during Super Bowl LI weekend. That figure is up 2 percent, or 30 million wings, from 2016’s report – and up 6.5 percent, or …

Ag Group, Chicken, Food, National Chicken Council

Livestock Groups Back Perdue for Ag Secretary

Lizzy Schultz

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture has been received a warm and positive response from the nation’s livestock industry groups. The veterinarian and former Georgia Governor has been praised for his political and agribusiness experience and his understanding of the nation’s diverse agriculture industry. “Governor Perdue has a strong record as two-term chief …

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Examining Sustainability Factors in Chicken Production

Jamie Johansen

The results of a study released by the National Chicken Council (NCC) have detailed several environmental, economic and sustainability implications of raising slower growing chickens. The results reveal a sharp increase in chicken prices and the use of environmental resources – including water, air, fuel and land. “The NCC and its members remain committed to chicken welfare, continuous improvement and …

Ag Group, Chicken, National Chicken Council, Research, sustainability

U.S. Poultry = 1.6 M Jobs & $441 B in Economic Output

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the U.S. poultry industry provides …

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Animal Ag Reacts To GIPSA Proposal

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a final rule for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) yesterday. USDA refers to the rule as common sense protections to restore fairness and reduce the burden for farmers seeking justice under the Packers and Stockyards Act. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement joined by National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson …

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New Resources on Broiler Welfare & Chicken Labels

Jamie Johansen

The National Chicken Council’s (NCC) Chicken Check In initiative has several new resources pertaining to broiler chicken welfare and chicken products. The stunning of chickens – rendering the birds unconscious and insensible to pain – has been the subject of considerable research and discussion. There is one primary method of stunning broilers prior to slaughter in the U.S. and that …

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National Chicken Council Comments on EPA Biofuel Volumes

Jamie Johansen

The EPA announced it is mandating 15 billion gallons of ethanol to be added to the domestic fuel supply in 2017, which is 200 million gallons more than the agency’s proposed volume put forth in May. The National Chicken Council released the following response to this announcement. Over the last four years, EPA has raised the final volume above the …

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Poultry Workers’ Injury, Illness Rate at All-Time Low

Jamie Johansen

The incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry sector remains at an all-time low, according to the 2015 Injury and Illness Report released last Friday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2015 was 4.3 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), the same …

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National Chicken Council Elects New Leadership

Jamie Johansen

The National Chicken Council (NCC) installed new leadership during NCC’s 62nd Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C. Mike Popowycz, vice chairman and CFO of Case Foods, was installed as 2016-2017 chairman. Popowycz was elected to the Case Foods Board of Directors in 2005 and to the National Chicken Council Board of Directors in June 2012. Prior to joining the Ohio …

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National Chicken Council Launches New Social Media

Jamie Johansen

According to USDA estimates, Americans will eat 92 pounds of chicken per person this year, a record amount. With that popularity, variety and so many choices, come questions, confusion and sometimes misperceptions. The National Chicken Council (NCC) understands people want to know more than just that the food they purchase is safe for them — they want to know it …

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