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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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is reopening through July 12 the comment period on a January 2012 interim rule that prohibits or restricts importing of birds and poultry products from regions where any subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza is considered to exist.

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The most frequent health-focused, on-package claims for new products in the food and beverage industry last year was “kosher,” appearing on 27 percent of new products, more than twice as often as the second most popular claim, “all-natural,” according to Mintel Global New Products Database.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending June 16 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 153,886,000 broilers, a 4-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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