Broiler production next year is now forecast to be 36.500 billion pounds, 2.1 percent less than the 37.293 billion pounds estimated for this year, according to the “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report this week from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Chicken exports in October this year were 351,258 metric tons valued at $435.95 million compared with 340,789 tons valued at $361.93 million in October 2010, a 3.1-percent increase in tonnage and a 20.5-percent increase in value.

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Congressional leaders have reached a deal on a $1 trillion omnibus spending measure, and the House and Senate are expected to vote on the bill today, thus averting a shutdown of the government.

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The Supreme Court on Monday announced it will review Arizona’s controversial immigration law, which inspired similar state efforts across the country.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on October 21, 2011 a proposed rule in the Federal Register entitled “National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule.”

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in a recent court filing signaled its intention to publish a final rule on hours of service by December 28, according to a report from the American Trucking Association (ATA).

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on December 14 purchased chicken products as indicated below for distribution to the school lunch child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2012.

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A recent Harris Poll showed 61 percent of U.S. adults say they are likely to spend less in restaurants.

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Perdue Agribusiness, in partnership with Fibrowatt LLC, has submitted a proposal to the state of Maryland in response to the state’s Clean Bay Power Request for Proposal.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending December 17 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 148,700,000 broilers, a 9-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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