The three main factors affecting feed availability and cost are biofuels, global demand for U.S. agricultural commodity exports, and annual crop yields, according to the report “Future Patterns of U.S. Feed Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock & Poultry Feeding,” funded by the Institute for Feed Education and Research and conducted on behalf of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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Chicken parts exports in May this year were 296,155 metric tons valued at $375.48 million compared with 267,308 tons valued at $312.24 million, a 10.8-percent increase in quantity and 20.3-percent increase in value.

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Over the next 10 years, U.S. chicken exports are likely to increase 50 percent and reach 10 billion pounds worth $7 billion, according to Dr. Paul Aho, president of Poultry Perspectives.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on July 13 that it would be withdrawing a proposed rule requiring concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to provide detailed location information and farm demographics for virtually every family farm engaged in the production of commercial poultry and egg products in the United States.

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Total systemwide sales of the top eight chicken chains in 2011 were an estimated $13.859 billion, 4.5 percent ahead of the $13.265 billion in 2010 and 6.9 percent more than the $12.965 billion in 2009, according to Nation’s Restaurant News annual restaurant report.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending July 21 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 158,161,000 broilers, a 1-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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