Corn and soybeans prices as well as prices for certain other agricultural commodities will decrease “significantly” in 2013 as large corn and soybean harvests this fall refill the supply chain, USDA’s Chief Economist Dr. Joe Glauber predicted this week at USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Conference.

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USDA may not have an adequate budget once sequestration becomes effective on March 1, but Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has apparently found funding to start a new enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

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After initially rejecting the tentative agreements that ended an eight-day strike that shut down much of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, clerical workers voted to ratify the contracts.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is officially requesting comments regarding its notice of January 10, 2013, that the United States is seeking consultations with the Government of the Republic of Indonesia under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement) concerning certain measures imposed by Indonesia on the importation of animals and animal products and horticultural products.

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Following its celebration this week of opening its 900th restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings said the chain expects to open about 100 new locations in 2013.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending February 23 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 154,147,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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