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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for May 2012 were 7,476,000, a 3-percent decrease from the 7,721,000 pullet chicks placed in May 2011, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued recently by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Farmers planted 96.41 million acres of corn this past spring, almost half a million acres more than USDA’s initial March survey indicated and 4.5 million acres more than a year ago, according to the USDA’s “Acreage” report today from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, told AgriTalk Radio yesterday that the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, among other legislative issues, will complicate quick passage of a new farm bill.

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The 13th negotiating round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will take place in San Diego, California from July 2-10 but Mexico and Canada will not be participating as they wait for the 90-day congressional advisory time period to expire.

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed this week to investigate India’s trade restrictions on U.S. poultry and eggs and will move forward toward establishing a dispute settlement panel to decide the issue.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending June 30 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 158,538,000 broilers, a 7-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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