USDA lowered corn production to 12.914 billion bushels for this year’s crop, down 556 million bushels or 4.1 percent from the July prediction of 13.470 billion bushels, according to the latest “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” (WASDE) report published this week.  

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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing a mandatory identification and tracking system for livestock and poultry being moved across state lines, but the poultry industry is largely exempted because the existing system for poultry is more comprehensive than in the cattle industry, the government said.

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A “supercommittee” of 12 members of Congress has been appointed by Congressional leaders to hash out the details of the deficit reduction deal agreed to by Congress and President Obama in raising the limit on the national debt. 

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Tractor-trailers will have to achieve a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by model year 2018, the Obama Administration announced this week. 

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Revised August 19, 2011.   For a further explanation, see the note at the bottom of the broiler parts story.

Chicken exports in June this year were 270,185 metric tons valued at $321.10 million compared with 306,437 tons valued at $323.48 million in June 2010, an 11.8-percent decrease in quantity and a 0.7-percent decrease in value.

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USDA keeps 2011 broiler production unchanged from last month’s projections at 37.391 billion pounds, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” (WASDE) report published this week. 

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On-line registration is now open for the National Chicken Council’s 57th Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. October 4-5. 

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Perdue Farms held an open house on Monday to show off its new solar power project to help power its feed mill in Bridgeville, Delaware.

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A staff member with the advocacy group STOP Foodborne Illness (formerly Safe Tables Our Priority) has been named to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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The number of restaurants has declined in the past year with independents being hit the hardest, an NPD census released this week found; but restaurant visits held stable, while dollars spent increased.

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Seven flavors of chicken wings are among the offerings Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is including as part of a makeover of its stores to become a “one-stop grocery destination” in the fiercely competitive supermarket business. 

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The U.S. Department of Transportation  (DOT) has beaten a hasty retreat from its idea that a farmer driving a tractor on the public road ought to be required to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

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