Chicken exports in March 2013 increased 6.4 percent in quantity and gained 4.3 percent in value over year earlier. Exports totaled 329,381 metric tons valued at $417.41 million this March compared with 309,560 tons valued at $400.36 million in March 2012.

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Broiler production during December 1, 2011 through November 30, 2012 totaled 8,437,900,000 birds weighing 49,529,700,000 pounds, liveweight, compared with the previous 12 month’s production of 8,607,600,000 birds weighing 50,082,400,000 pounds, liveweight, a decrease of 2.0 percent in number of birds and a 1.1 percent decrease in pounds produced, according to “Poultry – Production and Value 2012 Summary” from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) this week.

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If this fall’s corn harvest is at least 12.5 billion bushels, it “would be large enough to supply the market and add a small amount to year ending stocks,” according to Dr. Darrel Good, University of Illinois agricultural economist in a report this week from farmdocdaily.

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Michael Scuse was named this week as USDA’s acting deputy secretary effective May 4. He replaces Kathleen Merrigan, who is leaving USDA today.

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In response to several meat and poultry recalls associated with the addition of ingredients, spices, or sauce after the lethality- process step, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has reissued FSIS Notice 01-11 providing Inspection Program Personnel (IPPS) with instructions for verifying that plant HACCP plans:

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Buffalo Wild Wings Chief Executive Officer Sally Smith explained during her company’s first-quarter earnings call this week that the chain of over 900 restaurant locations is changing its pricing program for wings.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending May 4 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 156,830,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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