USDA’s broiler production forecast for 2013 was increased again this month and is now expected to be 37.519 billion pounds, 618 million pounds above the Department’s estimate last month, and 2.2 percent more than the slightly revised upward estimate of 36.643 billion pounds for 2012, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report issued today from the World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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Chicken exports in January 2013 increased 5.9 percent in value and gained 1.3 percent in quantity.

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Prices of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) that are needed by refiners to comply with Renewable Fuel Standard, have increased significantly over the past few months, an indication that the ethanol “blend wall” is becoming more of a challenge, according to a Platts news report.

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Any undertaking of negotiations to secure a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and the European Union must be fully comprehensive by including agriculture, especially issues addressing sanitary and phytosanitary provisions (SPS), according to a letter sent earlier this month to the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

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After more than the usual delay, three dispute settlement panelists have been chosen to hear and determine the outcome of the World Trade Organization (WTO) action to have India remove its restrictions on the imports of U.S. poultry.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending March 9 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 153,779,000 broilers, a 2-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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