Farmers plan to plant 93.1 million acres of corn next year, down 2.9 percent from USDA’s planting intentions of 95.9 million acres this year, when they planted the most corn acreage in 75 years, according to Farm Futures’ survey.

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G20 nations are taking stock of the third global food price surge in four years and will analyze USDA’s September 12 “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” (WASDE) report before deciding whether to take joint action on the issue of escalating food price increases, France’s farm minister told Reuters this week.

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FDA is making available its publication “Guidance Document for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding the Final Rule, Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation.” 

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for July 2012 were 6,071,000, a 6-percent decrease from the 6,444,000 pullet chicks placed in July 2011, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued last week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Pfizer, Inc. filed its notice and plan earlier this month to conduct an initial public offering (IPO) for its animal health business by notifying the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission that it would offer as much as 20 percent of the unit’s Class A common stock to the public.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending August 25 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 157,974,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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