In this month’s “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate” report, USDA forecast corn stocks for 2012-13 to rebound by a “sizable” quantity, according to Dr. Bill Lapp, President of Advanced Economic Solutions, in his report this week.

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Broiler production next year is forecast to be 37.099 billion pounds, unchanged from the month earlier report, and 1.1 percent above the upwardly revised 36.495 billion pounds for 2012, according to USDA’s “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” (WASDE) report this week.

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Total chicken parts exports to all markets were especially strong in April 2012 with the monthly performance one of the best yet this year.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to classify sorghum-derived ethanol as an advanced biofuel.  Thus, it would qualify for the 21-billion-gallon mandate set for 2022, rather than the 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels mandate for 2015.

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A number of industry groups petitioned a federal appeals court last month to review the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s final rule published earlier this year that revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) hazard communication standard.

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Agriculture and business support for a transatlantic free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union may be gaining momentum, but comments from U.S. and EU officials suggest that these interests may have to settle for something less ambitious, according to various published reports.

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