Chicken exports for December 2012 were 310,556 metric tons valued at $392.34 million compared with 291,503 tons valued at $357.70 million in December 2011, 6.5 percent more in quantity and 9.7 percent higher in value.

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The forecast for USDA’s broiler production for 2013 was increased again this month and is now expected to be 36.901 billion pounds, 495 million pounds above the department’s estimate last month, and 0.7 percent more than the slightly revised upward estimate of 36.640 billion pounds for 2012, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report released today from the World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday published its proposed volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel to be used in 2013.

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Producing ethanol and biodiesel from food crops is “questionable,” Sunny Verghese, chief executive officer of Olam International Ltd., a Singapore-based world commodities trader, told a global sugar conference in Dubai this week.

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The European Union will remove on February 25 its import ban on U.S. beef and live hogs as a gesture demonstrating its good intention to help start bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between the United States and the European Union.

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Ice-packed chicken, both wet and dry, remains the dominate marketing form with a 35.1-percent share of shipments by processors in 2011, compared with 35.6 percent in 2009 and 35.1 percent in 2007, according to an industry survey conducted by the National Chicken Council.

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Chicken experienced relatively strong  gains in supermarkets meat departments with a 5.3-percent increase in dollar sales for the 52 weeks ending December 23, 2012 compared with the overall rise of 2.1 percent for the total meat department, according to FreshLook data.

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Bill Lovette, National Chicken Council chairman of the board, has announced the names of those industry representatives who will serve on NCC’s 2013 Environmental and Technical and Regulatory Committees.

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

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