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In the monthly report of World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), the USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) reduced the forecast of U.S. planted and harvested acreage of corn and rice. Forecasts for the other major crops were not changed from the forecasts in the March Prospective Plantings report.

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U.S. beef exports slowed slightly in April when compared to the all-time record highs of the previous month, but still performed well above last year’s pace. April beef exports totaled 103,213 metric tons valued at $429.7 million – increases of 25 percent and 38 percent, respectively, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Aug. 1-3 in College Station, Texas.

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myplate_regFirst Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin today unveiled the federal government's new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices.

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Demand for both beef and pork increased noticeably through the first quarter of this year according to demand indexes calculated by the Livestock Marketing Information Center. The first quarter demand index for beef worked out to 79 in 2011 compared with 74 in 2010.Q1. Similarly, the pork demand index increased from 76 to 85 from 2010.Q1 to 2011.Q1. Improving domestic demand and strong exports have helped push retail beef and pork prices to historic highs. In fact, in April both all fresh beef retail and pork retail prices reported by USDA Economic Research Service hit new record levels: 445.3 cents/pound for beef and 337.7 cents/pound for pork.

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