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China eyes U.S. soy as drought shrivels South American crop

China, the world's biggest food shopper, is likely to buy more U.S. soybeans this quarter, as a withering drought is expected to cut the South American harvest, pushing soy prices up to fresh highs. FULL STORY »

China to invest in agriculture innovation to boost food security

China said on Wednesday it would boost agriculture innovation in an effort to increase food output, signaling that the world's most populous country is trying to tackle outdated farm and food infrastructure to feed its people. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork showcased in East Japan Railway campaign

The U.S. Meat Export Federation recently launched a marketing campaign with Becker’s, a casual, café-style restaurant chain operated by JR East Food Business, a subsidiary of the East Japan Railway Company. FULL STORY »

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 »

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