Chicken exports in February this year were 329,147 metric tons valued at $408.96 million compared with 263,875 tons valued at $294.14 million in February 2011, a 24.7-percent increase in tonnage and a 39.0-percent increase in value.

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Broiler production this year is now estimated at 36.159 billion pounds, 247 million pounds more than last month’s estimate and 1.7 percent under the 36.803 billion pounds in 2010, according to USDA’s “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report this week from the World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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Although expectations were for a reduced ending corn stock for 2011-12, USDA left its estimate the same as last month for ending stocks and other supply and usage data, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate” report this week.

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Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister and president-elect, pledged this week to protect domestic companies and encourage import substitution ahead of the country’s expected accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) later this year, according to a Bloomberg BNA report.

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Exporters of meat and poultry products must begin using USDA’s electronic Trade Document Exchange (eTDE) system to transmit Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS) health certificates to inspection officials in China and Russia beginning in June.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending April 14 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 152,487,000 broilers, a 5-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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