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NPPC’s Call to Action: Eliminate TPP barriers

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has a message for Congress: refuse Japan’s offer in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which seeks to protect key agricultural products from free trade. FULL STORY »

Europe and U.S. divided on trade issues

Europe's reluctance to buy hormone meat or genetically modified food from the United States has exposed an "enormous gulf" that threatens the world's biggest trade pact, industry and labour groups told EU and U.S. negotiators on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

For Canadian farmers, South Korea deal a chance to catch up

Canadian beef and pork exporters say Canada's free trade agreement with South Korea will help them regain market share in the Asian country, which has recently turned to supplies from the United States and other countries that struck deals first. FULL STORY »

Canada, South Korea conclude long-delayed free trade deal

Canada and South Korea announced on Tuesday they had wrapped up talks on a long-delayed free trade deal that had stalled for years amid squabbles over exports of autos and beef. FULL STORY »

Mixed start for 2014 ag trade

Monthly export totals for red meats and meat products dropped off somewhat in January, but overall U.S. trade in agricultural products started 2014 at a good pace, according to the latest trade data from USDA. FULL STORY »

Canada, South Korea very close to free trade deal

Canada and South Korea are very close to signing a long-delayed free trade deal after years of talks, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

U.S. readies for more 'extremely tough' trade talks with Japan

The United States is finding talks with Japan on opening its agricultural market "extremely tough", a senior U.S. trade official said on Friday, as the two countries prepared for another round of bilateral negotiations. FULL STORY »

World food prices jump in February

Global food prices rose in February in the sharpest climb since mid-2012, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, due to higher prices in all commodity groups except meat. FULL STORY »

Russia needs more guarantees to allow U.S. pork imports

Russia needs more guarantees to allow the U.S. pork imports from two subsidiaries of producer Smithfield Foods Inc, Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog (VPSS) said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Penning Pigs: China Summit showcases danger/opportunity

China is on the move, especially when it comes to food and feed. I was in Beijing attending a meeting last week and here is the first of several posts on what I learned while there. FULL STORY »

U.S. staring contest with Japan stretches out Pacific trade pact

A standoff between the United States and Japan is holding up talks on a sweeping Pacific free trade pact and a lack of authority to push an eventual deal through the U.S. Congress without amendment may be undercutting Washington's hand. FULL STORY »

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