Corn production this year is estimated to be 12.201 billion bushels, 231 million bushels or 1.9 percent below USDA’s October crop estimate of 12.432 billion bushels, according to the latest report from AgWeb.

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O.K. Industries has been acquired by Industrias Bachoco S.A.B de C.V., Mexico’s leading producer and processor of poultry and other food products, according to a news release today.

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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood wrote Senator Ayotte (R-NH) on October 19 to discourage the Senator from offering an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds in fiscal year 2012 to “finalize, enforce or implement” the proposed hours-of-service regulations proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2010.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule on October 21 that would require concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to submit operational information to the agency, so that the agency can more “effectively carry out its CAFO permitting programs and ensure that CAFOs are implementing practices to protect water quality and human health,” the agency said.

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Russian Prime Minister Putin earlier this month signed an official decree that consolidates and changes the system of accreditation for veterinary inspection service and food safety.

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Dr. Martin Wiedmann, a food science professor at Cornell University, along with a team of collaborators, have adopted a genomic approach to determine which strains of bacteria are responsible for food borne illness outbreaks.

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A recent University of Minnesota study suggests that people do not actually look at nutritional information on packaging as much as they say they do.

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McDonalds will feature its Chicken McBites in a a limited-time promotion in early spring 2012, company executives said during its third-quarter conference call with shareholders this week. 

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for September 2011 were 6,657,000, a 7-percent decrease from the 7,128,000 pullet chicks placed in September 2010, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued last week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending October 29 is estimated by USDA/AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 152,055,000 broilers, an 8-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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