Data regarding U.S. total broiler slaughter as estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service is not available because of the federal government shutdown.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service yesterday awarded 49.4 million pounds of chicken to four companies under its recently-announced bonus purchase program. The total value of all contracts including transportation costs is $49.8 million.

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Depending on the average yield, the potential change of harvested acreage of corn is not likely to be large enough to alter prospects of surplus supplies but could be large enough to “stabilize” corn prices, according to Dr. Darrel Good, agricultural economist with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this week issued a directive incorporating into one document all instructions issued to inspection program personnel regarding Salmonella and Campylobacter testing for raw meat and poultry products.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for August 2013 were 7,490,000, 2 percent above the 7,338,000 pullet chicks placed in August 2012, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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