Old crop corn stocks in all positions on September 1, 2011 totaled 1.13 billion bushels, down 34 percent from September 1, 2010, according to USDA’s “Grain Stocks” report released today.

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Meat and poultry production will fall and prices will rise over the next year as producers adjust to “higher and more volatile” feed costs, according to a report from Rabobank International’s food & agribusiness research and advisory unit.

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Beef processors commercially slaughtered 22.8 million head of cattle during January through August 2011, a 1-percent increase from the comparable period a year ago resulting in a continuation of one of the largest liquidation of the U.S. beef herd, according to analysts interviewed by www.agweb.com about USDA’s “Livestock Slaughter” report released last week.

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Korean broiler production is projected to be at 686,000 metric tons in 2011 and 720,000 tons in 2012, a 10.5-percent increase, according to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s “International Egg and Poultry Review” issued this week.

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The Obama administration on Wednesday petitioned the Supreme Court to consider the 2010 health-care act, which requires almost every American to have health care.

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A federal judge in Birmingham has blocked enforcement of several employment-related portions of Alabama’s state law on illegal immigration, but left others intact.

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The Office of Inspector General (IG) said in a report issued this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should have conducted a more detailed scientific review before determining that greenhouse-gas emissions pose a threat to public health and welfare.

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USDA will hold a public summit on pre-harvest food safety on Wednesday, November 9 in Washington, D.C., Under Secretary of Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen announced Wednesday.

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A major decline in chicken exports does not bode well for tentative plans in Gulfport, Mississippi to resume a pre-Katrina business that created hundreds of jobs, according to  Sunherald.com.

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Atlanta-based quick-service chain Church’s Chicken has named Jim Hyatt as chief executive officer.  Hyatt resigned from the CEO position at Cosi Inc. just two months ago.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending October 1 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 156,982,000 broilers, a 6-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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