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EU Commission renews bid to ban food from cloned animals

The European Commission on Wednesday again proposed a ban on food and products from cloned animals, two years after failing to block their use. FULL STORY »

Agriculture considering opposition to TPP deal

A coalition of agricultural organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council is likely to oppose a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement if it includes Japan but that country doesn’t agree to comprehensive trade liberalization, including elimination of tariffs on virtually all U.S. agricultural products. FULL STORY »

October pork exports disappoint

U.S. pork exports in October were 435 million pounds, down almost 12 percent from a year ago. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork faces growing competition in Honduras

Since the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) was implemented in 2006, Honduras has blossomed into a top 10 destination for U.S. pork exports. FULL STORY »

Senators ask for elimination of barriers to U.S. pork

A group of U.S. senators are urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to push for broad market access for U.S. pork in the countries that are part of the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks. FULL STORY »

He had seed corn in his what?

Two weeks ago, the news rippled across the commodity market that China had rejected a shipload of U.S. corn because it contained traces of genetic material from Syngenta’s Viptera seed technology. FULL STORY »

Will China cancel some soybean purchases?

In the December WASDE report, the USDA increased the forecast of 2013-14 marketing year exports of U.S. soybeans by 25 million bushels, to a total of 1.475 billion bushels. FULL STORY »

Corn exports rebound slightly after slow slide

The USDA pushed corn net sales 17 percent higher in its weekly “U.S. Exports and Sales” report. FULL STORY »

Exports: Pork sales plummet 46%

After staying steady for the better part of the last month, the USDA reported a 46 percent drop in pork net sales in their weekly “U.S. Export and Sales” report. FULL STORY »

China planning major changes to ag policy over next decade

China will gradually let global markets determine prices for grains and other major crops according to a feature in the China Economic Times that got worldwide attention last week when Reuters and other wire services picked up on it. FULL STORY »

After WTO, expectations grow for Trans-Pacific trade deal

Expectations are growing that an ambitious trade pact between a dozen nations around the Pacific Rim may be wrapped up in 2-3 months, with signs that political desire for a deal is trumping a string of technical difficulties in drawing it up. FULL STORY »

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