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 »

South Korea receives export credits

U.S. pork and other agricultural entities are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to sell more product to South Korea now that the free-trade agreement is signed. That prospect moved even closer as USDA authorized $673 million in credit guarantees. FULL STORY »

Lawmakers seek tougher stance on China trade

House lawmakers united Tuesday in demanding that the administration do more to stop China's "predatory" trade practices that have devastated American industries and put Americans out of work. They differed on whether Congress should act on legislation to punish China for keeping its currency artificially low. FULL STORY »

Walmart reopens 13 China stores after pork controversy

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Tuesday reopened 13 of its stores in a southwestern Chinese city after they were ordered shut for 15 days over the mislabeling of tons of regular pork as “organic,” state media reported. FULL STORY »

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