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113 sentenced in China swine feed scandal

The original investigation focused on several farms in central Henan province found to be adding clenbuterol to swine feeds. The compound reduces the fat content of pork by increasing the rate at which body fat is metabolized. FULL STORY »

Demand outlook is strong for U.S. soy abroad

Buyers outside of the United States purchased 1.5 billion bushels of whole U.S. soybeans in the latest marketing year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That makes U.S. soy one of the largest agricultural exports. And U.S. agriculture continues to lead all economic sectors with a positive balance of trade. FULL STORY »

Ag exports shine brightly for U.S. economy

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Vietnam and China this week to talk about trade and to build on gains made in agricultural exports. U.S. agricultural exports are projected to reach a record $137 billion this year and hit that same mark next year. FULL STORY »

TPP could bring stellar results to U.S. pork industry

Nick Giordano, vice president and counsel for international affairs, National Pork Producers Council, says the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, or TPP, currently being negotiated, could be a huge boost for U.S. pork exports, especially if Japan participates. FULL STORY »

S. Korea president pushes for stalled U.S. trade pact

South Korea's president made a rare trip to parliament on Tuesday to urge legislators to vote through a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States which critics say could threaten South Korea's national interests. FULL STORY »

NPPC backs Japan joining TPP

The National Pork Producers Council today welcomed Japan’s announcement that it would like to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) multi-lateral trade talks. FULL STORY »

More FMD reported in China

A case of foot-and-mouth disease has been identified in China’s Penghu County. While FMD is nothing new, China’s animal health officials are working to reduce disease outbreaks and boost biosecurity. FULL STORY »

Pork exports pay dividends; expect future growth

“It’s been a successful year for U.S. pork and beef exports,” says Keith Miller, out-going U.S. Meat Export Federation chairman. With a strong fourth quarter, both sectors could exceed $5 billion in annual sales for the first time ever. FULL STORY »

South Korea may be facing a new FMD break

South Korean animal health officials are investigating a potential case of foot-and-mouth disease on a cattle farm. The country’s agriculture ministry says the farm is located near Pohang city, approximately 230 miles from Seoul. FULL STORY »

KORUS FTA still in limbo

There’s still nervous tension surrounding the South Korea/U.S. (or KORUS) free-trade agreement. While the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration both finally signed off on the aging FTA, now South Korean lawmakers are balking at the effort. FULL STORY »

Vilsack to travel to Asia to strengthen markets for U.S. ag

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today plans to travel to Vietnam and China in mid-November to help strengthen bilateral trade relations and support the American brand throughout the Asia Pacific region. FULL STORY »

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