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CHICAGO, April 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture:
* The USDA says it is delaying until Oct. 19 the effective date of its Farmer Fair Practices Rules, approved under the administration of former President Obama.
* The USDA asks the public to comment until June 12 on how it should proceed with the rules.
* In December, the USDA said the rules would help protect U.S. chicken producers from mistreatment by the small group of meat companies that control most of the country's production. Source: here%20Release-%20FFPR%20Extension%20(V8%20Web).pdf
Reporting by Tom Polansek