USDA slightly raised its estimates for broiler production and exports for this year, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report issued this week from the department’s World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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Chicken exports this April were 294,991 metric tons valued at $372.80 million compared with 293,484 tons valued at $370.12 million in April 2012, an increase of 0.5 percent and 0.7 percent for quantity and value, respectively.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending June 15 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 156,451,000 broilers, a 2-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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Chicken exports in April 2013 increased 2.1 percent in quantity and gained 3.0 percent in value over a year earlier. Exports totaled 310,730 metric tons valued at $411.16 million this April compared with 304,375 tons valued at $399.18 million in April 2012.

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Declining use of gasoline in the United States, combined with market constraints to growth in the blending of biofuel, have resulted in U.S. ethanol use falling short of the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)–the energy legislation that mandates minimum annual levels of biofuel consumption in the United States.

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