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Pork and auto issues muddy the TPP waters

Attention surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact is heating up. Last week, Detroit's Big Three automakers came out in opposition to allowing Japan to enter the TPP trade talks, meanwhile, the U.S. pork industry is very interested in bringing Japan into the mix. FULL STORY »

China’s economy creates opportunity for U.S. ag in 2012

American has an opportunity in 2012 to capitalize on the emerging middle class in China who is seeking more protein and higher quality food. FULL STORY »

China pork prices to hog global economic indicator

The price of pork in China could soon rival U.S. payrolls as the world's most watched economic indicator. FULL STORY »

House Subcommittee investigates TPP trade prospects

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an Asia-Pacific trade agreement was the topic of a recent hearing by a House subcommittee, and is expected to generate more attention in 2012. FULL STORY »

Chilled- and frozen-pork plants expand in China

Officials at Zhongpin, a leading meat- and food-processing company in China, will conduct production trials for chilled- and frozen-pork products at two new plants, in Jiangsu and Jilin provinces. FULL STORY »

U.S. closing in on record pork export year

With two months of the year left to go in terms of meat export reports, U.S. pork exports are on pace to set a record. October set a new all-time monthly value record at $573.9 million, which pushed the cumulative export value to a new annual record of $4.93 billion. That breaks the previous high of $4.88 billion in 2008. FULL STORY »

Grains Council: Japan expands import capacity

The U.S. Grains Council’s 2011 Corn Mission to Japan, China and Vietnam toured the Kushiro Port in Hokkaido, Japan, and heard firsthand the plans to expand the port’s capacity to accommodate larger vessels. FULL STORY »

Scientists warn major investment in ag needed

In order to avoid widespread hunger in the next few years, scientists warn that billions of dollars are needed to invest in agriculture and food distribution systems.

In a report issued last week, the scientists said, “If that investment is directed toward sustainable forms of agriculture, then farming can also be made into a weapon in the fight against dangerous global warming … as more environmentally friendly farming methods can result in soils absorbing carbon dioxide rather than releasing it.” FULL STORY »

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 »

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