During the rest of 2013, three important factors are expected to influence the broiler industry, according to the “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) this week.

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Broiler-type chicks hatched in the United States during January 2012 totaled 8,930,889,000, 1.4 percent under the 9,054,715,000 chicks hatched in 2011 and 2.4 percent below the 9,276,240,000 chicks hatched in 2010, according to hatchery “Production 2012 Summary” issued this week from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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A successfully-concluded Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP) agreement will “provide an opportunity to strengthen already-established trade relationships and expand trade” for meat, poultry, and seafood, according to a special article in the “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” this week from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) announced plans to mark up the farm bill on May 15 despite pressure from the Republican leadership to take more time to consider tougher changes in the food stamp program.

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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce this week released a whitepaper on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its effects on United States agriculture production.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending April 20 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 155,277,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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