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NPPC welcomes Japan Into TPP talks

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) welcomes Japan’s request to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and urged the United States and other TPP countries to swiftly accept the Asian nation into the regional trade talks. FULL STORY »

Officials: 6,600 dead pigs dumped into Chinese river

More than 6,000 bloated pig carcasses have been pulled from a Chinese river, igniting a firestorm of public and media scrutiny in China and across the globe. FULL STORY »

Analysis: Meat prices add to China's inflation, policy risks

Diners looking for some beef or pork hotpot on a chilly evening in Beijing pay more per pound than their counterparts in Boston, a discrepancy that shows the challenges China faces in reviving growth as inflation pressures make an untimely return. FULL STORY »

Weakening Japanese Yen fuels U.S. pork price concerns

Japan dominates U.S. pork trade, but will a weakening Japanese Yen make it difficult for the U.S. pork industry to return to profitability later this year? FULL STORY »

Non-scientific trade barriers create dilemma

USMEF issue analysis explains how barriers such as Russia’s ban on ractopamine disrupt trade and create a dilemma for our industry as we push for scientific standards but also need to satisfy the preferences of export customers. FULL STORY »

USMEF to China: Delay implementing ractopamine import rule

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has asked China to delay implementing its import rule requiring all U.S. pork to be ractopamine-free. FULL STORY »

Smithfield says it will meet China's deadline on pork

Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest pork processor, said on Thursday it will be able to supply pork that is free of the feed additive ractopamine in time to meet a March 1 deadline by China. FULL STORY »

China seeks extra testing of U.S. pork for feed additive

China wants a third party to verify beginning March 1 that U.S. pork shipped to the country is free of a feed additive used to promote lean muscle growth. FULL STORY »

Japan may not decide on U.S.-led trade talks by July

Japan may not make a decision ahead of a national election in July on whether or not to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact that businesses say would enable them to compete better, the agriculture minister said on Friday. FULL STORY »

China to speed up rural land reform, ensure food supply

China will draw up policies aimed at speeding up the transfer of rural land as part of efforts to improve efficiency and promote large-scale commercial farming, the government said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Rabobank: China will continue to drive ag commodity demand

China's continued influence on agricultural commodity demand and global economic growth, along with increasing weather extremes, stand out as key issues for North American food, beverage and agribusiness in 2013, a recent poll of Rabobank clients shows. FULL STORY »

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