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Look at Chinese investment in Australian ag

Those involved in Australian agriculture and foreign trade are looking at Chinese investment to develop farming operations in the northern portion of Australia. FULL STORY »

Solid but flat pork exports projected for 2012

U.S. pork exports will have a challenge to exceed the tremendous gains made last year, but it is expected that they will hold their ground. “We are encouraged by the first few months of the year,” Phillip Seng, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (MEF), told Pork Network. While he anticipates the final trend line may be flat, “it would still be our second best year on record.” FULL STORY »

Alltech Announces Young Scientist Winners

Solving the problem of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soil and developing more nutritious food for young children were the two winning topics in this year’s Alltech Young Scientist Program, announced at Alltech’s 28th Annual International Symposium. FULL STORY »

CJ Bio America to start construction in Iowa

CJ Bio America, a South Korean company, will celebrate the start of construction on its $320 million amino acid plant, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The plant is expected to create more than 170 jobs in central Iowa by 2014. FULL STORY »

USGC works to recertify DDGS for export

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is partnering with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) to register new, low-oil/fat distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) for feed use in Japan. FULL STORY »

China inks Argentine corn deal but exports blocked

Argentina will not export corn to China until a deal is reached over the genetically modified crops, which are favored by farmers in the South American country but currently barred by Beijing, an industry group said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

China's Sinograin may boost imports of U.S. corn

China Grain Reserves Corp (Sinograin), which manages the state grain reserves, may have signed deals to import U.S. corn and it is ready to boost purchases to replenish depleted reserves if prices remain attractive. FULL STORY »

China’s Olympic teams shun meat to avoid doping risk

Chinese athletes preparing for the London Olympics have cut pork, beef and lamb from their diets to avoid disqualification by consuming substances banned under anti-doping rules. FULL STORY »

China clears market access for U.S. pork

All U.S. federally inspected meat establishments will continue to be eligible for export to China after May 1, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). The only exception will be those establishments specifically delisted by China. FULL STORY »

February pork exports exceed 2011 pace

U.S. pork exports remained well ahead of last year’s record pace through February. For the first two months of the year, pork exports totaled 399,086 mt valued at $1.09 billion-- the first time ever U.S. pork export value reached the $1 billion mark that quickly. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork spotlighted in Russia

American pork took center stage across western Russia this month with high-profile participation in an international culinary competition and master classes for Russian chefs, as well as at ExpoHoreca, a leading hospitality industry trade show. FULL STORY »

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