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U.S. urges Japan to be 'bold' in Pacific trade pact talks

The time is "ripe" for Japan and the United States to reach a breakthrough in talks for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, the U.S. commerce secretary said on Tuesday, adding that the two were "a lot closer" to a deal than in recent months. FULL STORY »

U.S. beef, pork on display at one of world’s largest food shows

Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for marketing and communications, is in Paris this week for SIAL 2014 – one of the world’s largest food exhibitions. FULL STORY »

NPPC urges changes to COOL

Following the release today of the World Trade Organization’s decision on the U.S. meat labeling law, the National Pork Producers Council urged the Obama administration and Congress to fix the law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico. FULL STORY »

WTO again sides with Canada, Mexico on US COOL law

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on October 20, as expected, ruled on the side of Canada and Mexico in the ongoing battle over the U.S. mandatory Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) law, saying some COOL requirements treat Canadian and Mexican livestock less favorable than U.S. livestock. FULL STORY »

Record harvests are not pushing up export sales

The largest U.S. grain harvest in history has pushed prices to four-year lows, which usually means a sales bonanza for the world's largest food exporter. Not this year. FULL STORY »

Can the world produce enough food for 2 billion more people?

With the world population rising, demographers are grappling with one of the most pressing issues of the century - will there be enough food for an extra two to four billion people? FULL STORY »

World Food Day 2014 celebrated family farmers

World Food Day was celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognized family farmers as central to solving global hunger and malnutrition. FULL STORY »

World Farmers’ Organisation president resigns

During the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) Board meeting in Viterbo, Italy, Peter Kendall tendered his resignation as President. FULL STORY »

NPPC weighs in on Mexican pork imports

Recently, the National Pork Producers Council (\submitted written comments to the USDA on proposed regulation that would lift some restrictions on the importation of pork and pork products from certain Mexican states that are free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) while continuing to protect against introduction of the disease into the United States. FULL STORY »

Livestock genetics facility could come to Fresno County, Calif.

Within the next couple years, Fresno County, Calif., could be the new home of an animal genetic research facility sponsored by the United Nations. FULL STORY »

Meat export volumes lower in August, but value remains strong

For the second consecutive month, August export value for U.S. beef and pork increased year-over-year despite declines in volume. FULL STORY »

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