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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 »

Maple Leaf Foods posts loss on production revamp costs

Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods Inc, which has been replacing production facilities and setting up a new distribution system, reported a quarterly loss that it blamed on the "tremendous" costs of the restructuring. FULL STORY »

Russia to resume U.S. pork imports around March 10

Russia plans to resume pork imports from the United States around March 10, Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service (VPSS) said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Exports: Pork sales dip 18% lower

According to the USDA’s latest “U.S. Export Sales” report, pork net sales of 12,900 metric tons (MT) were down 18 percent from last week but up 18 percent from the four-week average. FULL STORY »

Japan, U.S. fail to make headway in Pacific trade pact talks

Bilateral talks between Japan and the United States held as part of negotiations on a Pacific trade pact ended without an agreement on Monday, with Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari saying that gaps still remained between the two sides. FULL STORY »

S. Korea ramps up disinfection after FMD outbreak over border

South Korea has stepped up disinfection of citizens returning from North Korea after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in pigs in the communist state. FULL STORY »

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