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NPPC weighs in on Mexican pork imports

Recently, the National Pork Producers Council (\submitted written comments to the USDA on proposed regulation that would lift some restrictions on the importation of pork and pork products from certain Mexican states that are free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) while continuing to protect against introduction of the disease into the United States. FULL STORY »

Livestock genetics facility could come to Fresno County, Calif.

Within the next couple years, Fresno County, Calif., could be the new home of an animal genetic research facility sponsored by the United Nations. FULL STORY »

Meat export volumes lower in August, but value remains strong

For the second consecutive month, August export value for U.S. beef and pork increased year-over-year despite declines in volume. FULL STORY »

Pacific trade pact hindered by secrecy in U.S.-Japan talks

Secrecy about trade negotiations between the United States and Japan is hampering progress on a broader Pacific trade pact, a senior Chilean official said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Closer management required for ag economy's transition

The economy of the U.S. agriculture sector is in a transition phase following a 10-year period of wealth. Now, with global economies slipping, the agriculture sector is also slipping. FULL STORY »

U.S.-Japan trade talks hit new farm exports snag

U.S.-Japan trade talks hit a rough patch this week with both sides blaming the other for a stalemate over farm exports, a major hurdle in concluding an ambitious 12-nation trade pact. FULL STORY »

Japan's Amari, USTR Froman arranging TPP talks next week

Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman are due to meet next week in Washington for talks on a bilateral deal that is crucial to clinching a broader multilateral Pacific rim trade pact. FULL STORY »

AgFeed to pay $18 million to settle SEC charges

Hog production company AgFeed Industries, Inc. has agreed to pay $18 million to settle allegations filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charging the company and top executive with conducting a massive accounting fraud. FULL STORY »

Berman: The Swiss should be more guarded

You are already aware that Switzerland-based Nestlé recently announced that it is going to make a number of requests of its meat suppliers, including a phase-out of individual maternity pens. There’s no timeline for any of the actions, just a promise to get around to it at some point. FULL STORY »

USDA forecasts 2015 ag exports to be down from record 2014

Fiscal 2015 U.S. agricultural exports are projected at $144.5 billion, down $8 billion from the record $152.5 billion forecast for fiscal 2014, primarily because of the outlook for lower commodity prices. FULL STORY »

Listeria in deli meat kills 15, sickens 38 in Denmark

This week, the Danish State Serum Institute confirmed another fatality in a listeria outbreak linked to deli meats, bringing the total number of deaths to 15. Thirty-eight have been sickened. FULL STORY »

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