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EU to test imports of live pigs from North America for PEDv

Last week, European Union member states agreed that live pig imports from United States and Canada must be tested for a deadly virus that has killed millions of piglets. FULL STORY »

Some Pacific trade partners aim for deal in coming months-source

Some Pacific trading partners are aiming for a deal on a regional free trade zone as early as the next few months, sources close to the negotiations said, although others caution a pact is still a long way off and see the U.S. elections as a wild card. FULL STORY »

Japanese official says still far apart from U.S. on farm exports

The United States and Japan still have a way to go in resolving access for U.S. farm exports to the Japanese market as part of Pacific trade talks, a senior Japanese official said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Exports: Pork net sales sink 22% lower

After soaring last week, pork net sales returned to levels seen for the majority of the month. FULL STORY »

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 »

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