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Ag groups call for consistent U.S./EU FTA

– A coalition of 40 food and agricultural organizations, including the National Pork Producers Council, has sent a letter to the Obama administration and Congress, regarding a proposed free trade-agreement between the United States and the European Union. The concern is that it might fall short of long-established U.S. objectives for trade pacts. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork exports face increasing competition Play video

The most important export market for U.S. pork in value terms is Japan and many competitors envy the U.S. market share. In all, 26 countries are going after Japan, the world’s most competitive pork market, according to Phil Seng, U.S. Meat Export Federation president and CEO. FULL STORY »

U.S./South Korea FTA begins March 15

After five years of negotiations, inside and outside of the United States, the U.S. and South Korea Free-trade agreement (FTA), has completed the last step in its approval process. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced on Tuesday, that the KORUS FTA will be implemented on March 15. FULL STORY »

2011 U.S. meat exports exceed $11.5 billion

Pork exports totaled 2.255 million metric tons valued at $6.11 billion, breaking the previous volume record of 2.052 million metric tons and shattering the value record of $4.88 billion. FULL STORY »

U.S. closing in on record pork export year

With two months of the year left to go in terms of meat export reports, U.S. pork exports are on pace to set a record. October set a new all-time monthly value record at $573.9 million, which pushed the cumulative export value to a new annual record of $4.93 billion. That breaks the previous high of $4.88 billion in 2008. FULL STORY »

Pork exports pay dividends; expect future growth

“It’s been a successful year for U.S. pork and beef exports,” says Keith Miller, out-going U.S. Meat Export Federation chairman. With a strong fourth quarter, both sectors could exceed $5 billion in annual sales for the first time ever. FULL STORY »

Brazilian pork will head to China in 2012

Brazil is back in China’s market as the first shipments of Brazilian pork are expected to start moving in early 2012. Some authorized production companies can export the meat starting in November, according to an official with the Brazilian Association of Pork Meat Producers. FULL STORY »

Animal ID lag puts U.S. meat exports at risk

U.S. pork producers committed to a swine identification program back in 1987. Then and now, producers recognized animal ID’s role in assuring traceback abilities to domestic and export markets as well as ensuring the health of the U.S. swine herd. Now a new study outlines the details. FULL STORY »

South Korea imports record amounts of pork, beef

South Korea has significantly stepped up its importation of pork and beef products so far this year, including supplies from the United States. That includes a 120 percent increase in U.S. pork. FULL STORY »

USMEF confronts pork export challenges

With more than 80 countries importing U.S. pork so far this year, a record for exports may be achievable in 2011. That's not to say attaining the new record will come easy. Successfully meeting challenges in the form of increasing pork prices and fluctuations in international currencies will continue to be necessary. FULL STORY »

USMEF seminar popular with pork producers (audio)

International marketing was firmly on the minds of many pork producers attending the World Pork Expo in Des Moines last week, where a seminar conducted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) made for a very popular and informative destination. FULL STORY »

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