Japan offer on TPP unacceptable to U.S. agriculture

If the United States accepts the offer Japan has made as part of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks, it would be a radical departure from previous U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) and set an unacceptable precedent for future trade deals, according to a coalition of agricultural organizations. FULL STORY »

USDA: Pork sales soaring in February

In their latest “U.S. Export Sales” report, the USDA reported pork net sales of 16,000 metric tons (MT) for 2014, up 26 percent from last week and 50 percent higher than the four-week average. This marks the second report to show steadily climbing sales. It is also 5,000 MT below the yearly high set in early January. FULL STORY »

Russia to resume Brazilian and U.S. pork imports in March

Russia plans to resume pork imports from Brazil and the United States in March to compensate for falling supplies from the European Union, Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service (VPSS) said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Record-large pork exports to Mexico

When year-end export totals were announced last week for U.S. pork, Mexico clearly stood out as a top performer. Pork exports to Mexico set a new monthly record in December with nearly 65,000 metric tons valued at $133.3 million. FULL STORY »

2013 pork exports lower

Total pork exports for 2013 were just shy of 5 billion pounds, or 7.2 percent below 2012. Lower exports stemmed primarily from demand weakness in Asia and from the absence of Russia as a buyer of U.S. pork products. FULL STORY »

Sochi Olympics bring African swine fever threat to Britain

The British government and the National Pig Association warn about a potential threat to threaten Britain’s pork industry: African swine fever. FULL STORY »

‘Enough is enough’ when it comes to the food security debate

Innovation, choice and trade - the three pillars for ensuring a food secure world before 2050. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork faces bevy of international competition

The nation’s pork industry is up against tough competition in the export market, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. FULL STORY »

Iowa leadership team joins China pork outreach effort

A group of Iowa’s future agriculture leaders got a firsthand look at the world’s largest pork market when they traveled to China recently and joined in a U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) program for the Chinese foodservice trade. FULL STORY »

EU says Russia's blocking of pork imports 'disproportionate'

The European Union has called on Russia to stop blocking pork exports from the bloc, saying Moscow's reaction to an outbreak of African Swine Fever in Lithuania was "disproportionate". FULL STORY »

Global pork outlook puts prices in the black

Lower feed costs and the impact of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in the United States, Canada and Mexico will increase market prices, while the industry continues to search for solutions. FULL STORY »

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