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UK feed wheat purchased by Murphy Brown

The first shipment of British feed wheat to the United States in 2-1/2 years was purchased by hog producer Murphy Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, possibly as part of an effort to produce a specific grade of meat, an official at Prestage Farms Inc, a partner of Murphy Brown, said. FULL STORY »

Pacific trade talks progress but gap remains between U.S., Japan

Negotiations for an ambitious trade pact among Pacific countries made significant progress over the weekend but there is still a gap between Japan and the United States over market access and other hurdles, trade representatives said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Heated international pork markets cool down

Rabobank has published a new report on the global pork industry, saying that heated international markets are slowly cooling down. FULL STORY »

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 »

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