International pork prices: Review and future prospects

U.S. hog futures stagnate as EU pork prices decline. FULL STORY »

Smithfield owner Shuanghui hires banks for up to $6 billion IPO

China's Shuanghui International Holdings, which bought U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc this year, has hired banks for a Hong Kong IPO, seeking to raise up to $6 billion in what could be the region's largest stock offering in four years. FULL STORY »

Canada’s Ag Minister expects changes to COOL, could retaliate

Gerry Ritz, Canada's Agricultural Minister, says COOL regulations set in place by the United States are costing his country over $1 billion annually, and he’s ready to retaliate if changes aren’t made. FULL STORY »

USMEF: U.S. pork, beef capitalizing on Panama FTA

Nov. 1 marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S.-Panama Trade Agreement entering into force. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Canadian live pig imports to U.S.

The flow of feeder pigs from Canada continues to slow in reaction to MCOOL legislation and the terrible economics of pig production for many Canadian producers this past year. FULL STORY »

Smithfield rolls out new ad campaign

Smithfield kicked off a new advertising campaign this month with the launch of its “Flavor Hails from Smithfield” promotion. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Export statistics encouraging; farm bill key to success

Although release of the August statistics for U.S. beef and pork exports was delayed by about three weeks due to the U.S. government shutdown, the results were encouraging. FULL STORY »

China will help U.S. farmers with our surplus

Can you imagine the ire of Congress and the U.S. taxpayer if American farmers received subsidies for insurance, a subsidy for the county where the farm was located, a subsidy for raising grain, a subsidy for machinery, a subsidy for using better seed, all on top of another payment for producing grain? FULL STORY »

Shipping record U.S. corn crop burdens railroads, barge lines

Harvesting the largest U.S. corn crop on record and transporting it on railroads and rivers to markets here and abroad is driving up costs for rail cars, barges and trucks in the world's top crop producer and exporter. FULL STORY »

Pork exports continue to slide

The USDA’s “Export Sales” report is back after a momentary pause during the federal shutdown, and the report indicates that pork net sales are on a slow descent. FULL STORY »

Scientists trace PEDv to China

A virus deadly to baby pigs that has roiled the U.S. pork industry likely originated in the Anhui Province of China and may have evolved from a virus seen in bats, according to a report by veterinary researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. FULL STORY »

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