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Big gaps remain between U.S. and Japan in trade talks

Big gaps remain between the United States and Japan after two days of top-level talks on a bilateral trade deal that is vital for a broader regional pact, negotiators on both sides said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Iowa leadership team joins China pork outreach effort

A group of Iowa’s future agriculture leaders got a firsthand look at the world’s largest pork market when they traveled to China recently and joined in a U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) program for the Chinese foodservice trade. FULL STORY »

China planning major changes to ag policy over next decade

China will gradually let global markets determine prices for grains and other major crops according to a feature in the China Economic Times that got worldwide attention last week when Reuters and other wire services picked up on it. FULL STORY »

Potential benefits for businesses with WTO deal

The International Chamber of Commerce supports an agreement on trade facilitation during the World Trade Organization Ministerial being held in Bali this week. 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 »

USMEF: Confidence in U.S. meat rebounds quickly in Taiwan

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Technical Services Manager Travis Arp has just returned from Taiwan, where he conducted educational sessions for buyers of U.S. beef and pork. FULL STORY »

The vote is in: Smithfield shareholders OK Shuanghui deal

It’s official: Smithfield Foods’ $4.7 billion sale to a Chinese meat processor is one step closer toward being completed. FULL STORY »

China's Shuanghui closes in on Smithfield deal approval

China's Shuanghui International is close to securing shareholder approval for its $4.7 billion offer for Smithfield Foods Inc, which would be the biggest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm, ahead of the vote next week, three people familiar with the matter said. FULL STORY »

Chinese importers sign deals to buy $2.8 billion of U.S. soybeans

Chinese companies signed agreements with U.S. agricultural exporters on Monday to buy 4.83 million tonnes of U.S. soybeans valued at about $2.8 billion. FULL STORY »

More trouble for bankrupt Agfeed

Just one week after AgFeed Industries Inc. was given the green light to sell its U.S. operations to a trio of its competitors. Now, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has preliminarily decided to recommend an enforcement action be brought against it on alleged violations of anti-fraud provisions of securities laws. FULL STORY »

U.S. clears Smithfield's acquisition by China's Shuanghui

The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has cleared the way for Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd's proposed $4.7 billion acquisition of Smithfield Foods Inc, the companies said on Friday. FULL STORY »

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