Penning Pigs: China Summit showcases danger/opportunity

China is on the move, especially when it comes to food and feed. I was in Beijing attending a meeting last week and here is the first of several posts on what I learned while there. FULL STORY »

U.S. staring contest with Japan stretches out Pacific trade pact

A standoff between the United States and Japan is holding up talks on a sweeping Pacific free trade pact and a lack of authority to push an eventual deal through the U.S. Congress without amendment may be undercutting Washington's hand. FULL STORY »

Maple Leaf Foods posts loss on production revamp costs

Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods Inc, which has been replacing production facilities and setting up a new distribution system, reported a quarterly loss that it blamed on the "tremendous" costs of the restructuring. FULL STORY »

Russia to resume U.S. pork imports around March 10

Russia plans to resume pork imports from the United States around March 10, Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service (VPSS) said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Exports: Pork sales dip 18% lower

According to the USDA’s latest “U.S. Export Sales” report, pork net sales of 12,900 metric tons (MT) were down 18 percent from last week but up 18 percent from the four-week average. FULL STORY »

Japan, U.S. fail to make headway in Pacific trade pact talks

Bilateral talks between Japan and the United States held as part of negotiations on a Pacific trade pact ended without an agreement on Monday, with Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari saying that gaps still remained between the two sides. FULL STORY »

S. Korea ramps up disinfection after FMD outbreak over border

South Korea has stepped up disinfection of citizens returning from North Korea after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in pigs in the communist state. FULL STORY »

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 »

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