Chicken parts exports in September this year were 302,058 metric tons valued at $353.38 million, 2.6 percent more than the 294,324 tons in September 2010 and 21.4 percent above the $291.00 million a year earlier.

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Lower wholesale prices for whole broilers in recent weeks are the “hardest to explain” USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) said when reviewing weekly chicken price movements in its “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report this week.

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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in a letter this week to University of Maryland law school Dean Phoebe Haddon complained about the “ongoing injustice” of the environmental law clinic pursuing “costly litigation of questionable merit” against Alan and Kristin Hudson of Berlin, Maryland who raise chickens for Perdue Farms on their Worcester County farm.

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The United States has launched a $1 million Global Food Safety Fund,  a partnership of public and private organizations,  to provide training to enhance international trade and security. 

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The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will review the 2010 health-care act, which comes as no surprise to those closely watching the court.

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Support for putting federal funds into alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydrogen has slipped to its lowest point in polls since 2006, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that USDA is investing in approximately 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for their goods.

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Veterinary Services at USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published two documents related to the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Poultry 2010 study. 

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A newly expanded Aviagen poultry feed mill in Athens, Alabama is producing  more feed while consuming far less energy, reducing its carbon emissions, and cutting its annual utility expenses.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending November 19 is estimated by USDA/AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 147,601,000 broilers, an 10-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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Negotiations are still ongoing in the first “mini-bus”–a package of three spending bills to fund the government for fiscal year 2012.

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