House and Senate conferees began negotiations this week on a three-bill appropriations package that will be the vehicle for a new continuing resolution to cover federal spending into December.

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Farmers are expected to increase corn plantings next spring to about 93.5 million acres, the fourth-highest total in the past 73 years, as tight stockpiles keep grain prices near the record levels reached earlier this year, CF Industries Holdings Chief Executive Officer Stephen Wilson told analysts this week.

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In recent years, distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGs) have replaced soybean meal as the second largest feed ingredient, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) determined in its study issued last month entitled Estimating the Substitutes of Distillers’ Grains for Corn and Soybean Meal in the U.S. Feed Complex.

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As Americans become accustomed to paying more for food at grocery stores, restaurants are poised to raise their prices, Bloomberg reported recently.

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F.B. Purnell Sausage Company, Inc. has joined the National Chicken Council as a distributor member. 

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Despite the steady stream of news about the fluctuating global economy, consumers are still consuming beef and pork, and, among U.S. consumers, the appetite for nicer cuts seems particularly strong.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending November 5 is estimated by USDA/AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 152,880,000 broilers, an 6-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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