Chicken exports in July 2011 were 342,378 metric tons valued at $399.62 million, 29.6 percent higher than the 264,131 tons in July 2010 and 39.8 percent above the $285.80 million a year earlier.

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Difficult growing conditions this spring and summer and the hottest summer since 1955 in parts of the Midwest have significantly eroded corn yields in the United States, according to a Bloomberg News report this week.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) yesterday purchased 62,130,000 pounds of whole broilers and broiler parts at a cost of $35,902,400 under the special bonus purchase program announced in mid August.

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Dr. Frank Luntz, one of the most widely recognized pollster and political consultants in America, is slated to speak about what is really on the mind of America at the National Chicken Council’s upcoming Annual Conference.

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Russian and Brazilian government officials plan to hold more talks regarding meat and poultry trade issues, according to Interfax News Agency.

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Poultry, beef, and fish were the vehicles for the largest numbers of outbreaks of foodborne illness in 2008, but the number of people made ill by those sources was dwarfed by outbreaks involving peanuts and peppers, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Brazil is reducing its mandate for ethanol in motor fuel, a step that could reduce an outlet for excess production of ethanol in the United States.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee this week signed off on a fiscal year 2012 funding bill for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making cuts in most programs from the previous fiscal year levels.

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In two rulings this week, the Richmond-based Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out two challenges in Virginia to President Obama’s health care overhaul that requires that nearly all Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

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The Obama administration this week announced the appointment of 148 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs).

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More U.S. restaurants are saying that they want to be able to accept food stamps distributed under USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a USA Today report this week.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending September 10 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 141,535,000 broilers, a 5-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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