The incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry sector, which includes slaughter and processing, continues to decline, according to the 2011 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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USDA’s broiler production forecast for next year is now 36.055 billion pounds, 30 million pounds more than USDA’s October estimate and 1.2 percent less than the revised production level of 36.494 billion pounds for 2012, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report today from the Department’s World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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Chicken exports for September 2012 were 317,097 metric tons valued at $404.03 million compared with 326,660 tons valued at $397.92 million in September 2011, a 2.9 percent decline in quantity but a 1.5 percent gain in value.

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Corn production for 2012 was forecast at 10.725 billion bushels, up 19,462,000 billion bushels from 10.705 billion bushels forecast in October but down 13 percent from 12.358 billion bushels in 2011, according to USDA/National Agricultural Statistics Service’s crop report today.

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The National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF), U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) joined more than 500 other trade associations and businesses under the umbrella of the Coalition for U.S.-Russia Trade in calling on Congress to “move quickly” in the days ahead to approve legislation enacting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia.

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Restaurants are being “de-prioritized” by consumers, according to the third quarter 2012 survey of 2,000 consumers by Goldman Sachs Equity Research.

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Sales of chicken wings have largely weathered a recession and a doubling of prices, and industry forecasters predict continued strong demand as sports fans from now through the National Football League’s 2013 Super Bowl in February and college basketball’s March Madness continue to drive demand for wings, according to a Reuters report.

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KFC is the top chicken chain, based on 2011 U.S. systemwide sales, according to QSR magazine’s “QSR 50″ ranking that rates the top quick-service and fast casual brands in the United States.

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Tyson Foods has pledged to contribute to the American Red Cross relief and recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy, Donnie Smith, president and CEO of the company said.

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Proposition 37, a mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food initiative, was on the November 6 ballot in California as a initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

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