Amid a report that aired this morning on ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” several in the scientific, veterinary and food safety fields are affirming the safety of chicken and questioning the claims made by the report and the research that formed its basis.

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In a letter to the editor of Men’s Journal, the National Chicken Council and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association this week wrote to share viewpoints about the magazine’s reporting in its July 2012 edition about its preference for organic over conventionally raised chicken, that alluded to a recent feather meal study and claims of nutritional superiority.

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Corn yields this harvest could be as low as 115 bushels per acre or as high as 144 bushels per acre according to a cross-section reading of analysts’ reports following USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report this week. 

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Chicken exports in May this year were 307,969 metric tons valued at $406.82 million compared with 290,190 tons valued at $353.02 million in May 2011, a 6.1-percent increase in quantity and a 15.2-percent increase in value.

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High feed costs will likely dampen the rate of increase in broiler production next year, but, at the same time, strong world demand will support an increased level of broiler exports in 2013, according to USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report this week from the Department’s World Agricultural Outlook Board. 

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The House Agriculture Committee approved a plan Wednesday to cut U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs by $35.1 billion over the next 10 years, with almost half the reductions coming from food and nutrition programs.

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