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Mandating that 13.8 billion gallons of ethanol be blended with gasoline in 2013 will result in a meat and poultry production value loss of about $30.6 billion when compared with potential production without a renewable fuel standard (RFS) mandate for ethanol, according to “Ethanol Production: Economic Impact on Meat and Poultry Consumption, Value, and Jobs” issued this week by FarmEcon LLC.

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After almost two years since it was initiated, closing arguments were made last month in a federal court case that is challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) interpretation of its authority to issue total maximum daily load (TMDL) regulations for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment for the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending November 3 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 146,616,000 broilers, a 5-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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