USDA’s first broiler production forecast for 2014 is 38.434 billion pounds, 2.9 percent more than the revised downward estimate of 37.339 billion pounds for 2013, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report issued today from the World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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Corn production this year is forecast at 14.140 billion bushels, 3.360 billion bushels or 31 percent more than the 10.780 billion bushels in 2013, according to USDA’s “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate” report today.

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In comments filed jointly today with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the National Chicken Council, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, and the National Turkey Federation said that for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations to be  successful, the final agreement must result in “real and meaningful market access to the European market for U.S. poultry.”

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The National Chicken Council and 36 other agricultural organizations this week jointly submitted a request to the White House that Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) officials not be furloughed as a result of the federal budget sequestration.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting comments on the issues raised in a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute against Indonesia’s non-automatic import licensing regime for horticultural products, animals, and animal products.

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Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo, the Brazilian ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), has been selected as the organization’s next director-general, according to a WTO report.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not reduce its inspections program despite budget cuts.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in March a notice in the Federal Register with its plan to reduce the amount of sulfur allowed in gasoline, but the notice also included a provision to allow 30-percent ethanol blended gasoline, according to a New York Times report.

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Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed at combating antimicrobial drug resistance.

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Anne Alonzo has been appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to be the new administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service.

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this week issued Notice 32-13, “Verifying Nutrition Labeling for the Major Cuts of Single-Ingredient, Raw Meat and Poultry Products and  Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products.” 

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