USDA is currently forecasting broiler production in 2013 to be just under 1 percent less estimated output in 2012, but the “amount and duration of the decrease” will depend on the health of the domestic economy, the level of competing protein prices, and the strength of exports demand, according to the “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report released this week from the department’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Global broiler production next year is forecast to be  a record 83,543,000 metric tons, 1.4 percent above the 82,422,000 tons estimated for 2012, according to the “Livestock and Poultry: World Market and Trade” report issued yesterday by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

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Newly elected members of the National Chicken Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors were announced at the trade association’s Annual Conference in Washington last week.

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Preliminary talks to launch a trans-Atlantic trade agreement between the United States and the European Union could evolve into much more serious negotiations as early as spring of 2013, according to a Reuters news report.

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The European Commission, the European Union’s regulatory body in Brussels, proposed this week that first-generation biofuels made from crops such as sugar, starch, or vegetable oils provide no more than 5 percent of the EU target for transport fuel, according to a Business News report.

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This week Howard Henderson, New Jersey State director for USDA’s Economic Development Administration, announced his agency’s grant of $1.45 million to Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, to ready a site for leasing to a food processing company, most likely a poultry processing plant.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending October 20 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 153,519,000 broilers, a 1-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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