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Repeating f0015 to restore slugline World Poultry Production on Steady Rise

January 29, 1992

WASHINGTON (AP) _ World poultry meat production for 1991 is expected to show an increase of 4.1 percent over 1990, and similar growth is anticipated in 1992, says the Agriculture Department.

Mexico, with a growth rate of 20 percent in 1991, is the most rapidly expanding poultry meat producer in the world, the department said in its January report on the world poultry situation.

″The United States is estimated to have had another record-setting year in terms of broiler exports,″ the report said. ″Although sales from the United States to the former Soviet Union were down in 1991, sales to markets in the Far East continued to be robust, allowing the United States to maintain its position as the world’s number one exporter of broiler meat.″

Brazil was the only broiler exporter experiencing a decline in export volume. ″The overvalued Brazilian currency has caused Brazil to lose market share in some overseas destinations. Additionally, Brazilian exporters claim intense competition between the United States and European Community has contributed to Brazil’s deteriorating market share in some overseas markets,″ the report said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States exported $4.92 billion worth of solid wood products during the first three-quarters of 1991, a decrease of 2 percent from the same period of 1990.

The value of U.S. hardwood products exports increased by 8 percent to about $1.22 billion, compared to the same period of 1990. Softwood products exports dropped 9 percent from the comparable 1990 period to $2.88 billion.

The prominent markets were Japan, with 41 percent of total U.S. exports; the European Community with 17 percent and Canada with 15 percent. Mexico showed the greatest growth as an export market, with a rise of 38 percent.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Two employees of the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service were among winners of the 1992 Presidential Rank Awards.

″These awards recognize career members of the Senior Executive Service whose performance in career positions for at least three years merits the favorable attention of the president of the United States,″ said Robert Melland, APHIS administrator.

B. Glen Lee, deputy administrator of plant protection and quarantine, received the rank of distinguished executive in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the protection of the nation’s agricultural resources.

″Throughout his career, he has continually sought out and implemented more effective and efficient ways to accomplish this,″ said Melland.

Lloyd Konyha southeastern regional director for APHIS’ Veterinary Services, received the rank of meritorious executive in recognition of his contributions to the protection and improvement of the nation’s food and its animal populations.

″Of particular note, was his success in reducing the incidence of brucellosis in the southeastern United States,″ Melland said.

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