Corn prices will have to be high enough during the 2011-12 crop year to convince some end users of corn to reduce their consumption from current levels because this year’s corn crop is “not big enough” to meet the entire consumption base that has been built, according to Dr. Chris Hurt, agricultural economist at Purdue University.

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U.S. state and federal policies may lead to the United States importing more Brazilian sugarcane-based ethanol while the United States increases its corn-based ethanol exports to Brazil, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week.

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Proposed changes in union election procedures make it “almost impossible” to stage fair elections, poultry industry groups said in comments filed opposing the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rules.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has jumped to the head of the line of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination with support of 29 percent of self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning independents nationwide, according to a Gallup poll released this week.

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Three industry experts will provide critical information on the current situation and outlook for corn and soybeans, protein markets, and international trade during a panel discussion scheduled as part of the National Chicken Council’s upcoming Annual Conference.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced in an August 18 letter to Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) that current deportation policy is being reformed.  She wrote Senator Durbin regarding his proposed “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.”

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House Speaker John Boehner is asking President Obama to publish a list of all “present and planned rulemakings” that would impact the economy by more than $1 billion each.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has released questions and answers about the Bonus Purchase Program for Chicken on their Web site.  The document is drawn from the discussion during NCC’s conference call earlier this week with AMS.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for July 2011 were 6,444,000, a 3-percent decrease from the 6,675,000 pullet chicks placed in July 2010, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending August 27 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 157,732,000 broilers, a 5-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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