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U.S. farm groups seek to exclude Japan from Pacific trade talks

U.S. farm groups said on Wednesday Japan should be suspended from Pacific trade talks if the Asian nation insists on keeping tariffs on sensitive agricultural sectors. FULL STORY »

U.S. urged to address climate change’s impact on food security

U.S. government action can curb the risks climate change poses to global food security, says a new report (PDF) released by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. FULL STORY »

Ebbs and flows in South Korean pork market

Volatile is one way to describe the pork market in South Korea. For the past several years, U.S. pork exports to this country have experienced peaks and valleys driven, to a great extent, by changing market conditions within Korea. FULL STORY »

NPPC explores trade opportunities with Peru

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Vice President and Counsel for International Affairs Nick Giordano and NPPC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom recently traveled to Peru to meet with government officials and private-sector representatives to discuss issues of mutual interest to the trade relationship between Peru and the United States. FULL STORY »

Farm tariffs to stay, Japan tells Pacific trading partners

Japan has told Pacific trading partners it will not abolish tariffs in the five agricultural sectors it considers sacred, the country's economy minister, Akira Amari, said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Could PEDv subside by 2015?

The head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) believes Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) will ease before the end of the year. FULL STORY »

USMEF: U.S. pork exports to China surge

China is by far the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, so its pork import volumes often depend heavily on domestic market condition; however, the recent surge in U.S. pork exports to China runs counter to conventional thinking. FULL STORY »

Korean swine industry familiarized with wean-to-finish model

While Korea's hog inventory has increased to more than 9.9 million head in 2013, Korea's demand for pork has outpaced its production. Primary due to its inability to supply high quality pork at competitive prices, the Korean swine industry is looking for new ways to be more efficient. FULL STORY »

U.S. to brief Pacific trade partners on Japan talks

Briefing Pacific trading partners on progress in U.S.-Japan trade talks is an important step in moving discussions on a 12-nation trade bloc to the next level, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Chinese pork giant WH Group pulls IPO due to weak demand

China's WH Group Ltd, the world's biggest pork company, has postponed its planned Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) due to weak demand for the deal even after it cut the offer size by two-thirds, sources said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

U.S., Japan unlikely to wrap up trade deal by May TPP talks

Japan and the United States have found "common ground" to forge a two-way trade deal, but may not be able to resolve remaining sticking points in time for a mid-May meeting of top negotiators seeking a broad regional deal, a senior Japanese official said. FULL STORY »

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