President Obama signed today free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs.

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Exports of chicken parts in August this year increased an impressive 35.4 percent in quantity and an even more impressive 56.0-percent increase in value when compared with August 2010.

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Global broiler production is forecast to increase 2.5 percent to 83.1 million metric tons, driven by strong domestic demand in China and Brazil, according to the “Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade” report issued by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) this month.

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The National Chicken Council, along with 121 other trade groups, sent a letter this week to Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chairman of the House subcommittee on Energy and Power and to Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), ranking member of that committee, expressing strong support for the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 and urging passage of H.R. 1633 as quickly as possible.

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Cagle’s, Inc. announced this week that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary Cagle’s Farms, Inc. has filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending October 22 is estimated by USDA/AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 155,307,000 broilers, a 4-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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