Production of poultry and red meat next year is now forecast to be 91.026 billion pounds, 257 million pounds less than last month’s forecast and 1.6 percent below the slightly revised downward estimate of 92.542 billion pounds for 2011, according to USDA’s “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report issued by the World Agricultural Outlook Board yesterday.

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USDA reduced again its estimate for corn production this year as the average yield per acre was cut to 146.7 bushels per acre, 1.4 bushels less than last month’s estimate and the lowest corn yield since 2003-04, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report issued yesterday by the World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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National Chicken Council  President Mike Brown announced on Monday the appointment of Tom Super as vice president of communications.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it would delay for two months, until March 1, 2012, the effective date for enforcement of the “Nutrition Labeling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products” final rule.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will co-chair the 22nd session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan on November 20-21 in Chengdu, China.

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A federal appeals c0urt upheld this week the constitutionality of the 2010 health-care law, giving the Obama administration another appellate victory as the law nears an expected final review by the Supreme Court.

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The National Chicken Council, along with a diverse group of 30 other agricultural, environmental, grassroots, and business organizations sent a letter on Tuesday to top Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate urging them to reject efforts to continue or expand federal support for corn ethanol in any appropriations, tax, or debt reduction package.

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Following is a list of all NCC meetings scheduled thus far in 2012:

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on October 27 purchased chicken fajita strips for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2012.

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The first commercial airline flights in the United States to use biofuel produced by Dynamic Fuels LLC, which is a joint venture of Tyson Foods and Syntroleum Corporation, began this week in Seattle.

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