Of the total grain stocks, 314 million bushels are stored on farms, down slightly from a year earlier, according to USDA’s “Grain Stocks” report issued today by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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In a letter sent this week to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that was signed by 45 Congressmen, it was requested that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations with Canada be used to address “shortcomings” in the North American Free Trade Agreement that have not achieved full market liberalization for U.S. poultry and dairy.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service on September 25, 2012 announced the purchase of 78,808,000 million pounds of chicken parts at a delivered cost of $49,867,195.50 under the bonus program initiative that was issued on August 13, 2012.

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A 16-year accord between the United States and Mexico that set prices for Mexican tomato imports is now in jeopardy following the U.S. Commerce Department’s announcement this week that it is taking a preliminary step to end that agreement.

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During the first seven months of this year, the United States exported 213,218 metric tons of paws-feet, 6 percent higher than the 200,524 tons exported during the same time a year ago, according to the “International Egg and Poultry Review” from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

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China imported more agricultural commodities than the United States in 2011 to become the largest importer of agricultural products for the first time, according to World Trade Organization data calculated by Bloomberg.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published its final rule on additional changes to the schedule of operations regulations.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for August 2012 were 7,046,000, a 3-percent decrease from the 7,233,000 pullet chicks placed in August 2011, 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 September 29 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 155,883,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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