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U.S. beef, pork on display at one of world’s largest food shows

Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for marketing and communications, is in Paris this week for SIAL 2014 – one of the world’s largest food exhibitions. FULL STORY »

Australia heat wave scorches wheat belt, stokes supply fears

Australia's worst heatwave on record is scorching the grain belt, potentially hurting wheat sowing prospects in the world's second biggest exporter this year and deepening concerns over global supplies amid a relentless U.S. drought. FULL STORY »

Australia's GrainCorp knocks back ADM bid, higher offer seen

Australia's GrainCorp knocked back a $2.8 billion takeover offer from Archer Daniel Midland Co on Thursday, saying the bid undervalued the grains handler after a bumper harvest delivered a record annual net profit. FULL STORY »

New report’s world ag outlook is bleak

Highlights from a new report indicate that the world is about five years into a chronic global food crisis that is not expected to abate for many decades. FULL STORY »

Food Security Index shows huge disparity between nations

Imagine if it took 70 percent of your disposable income to put food on your family’s table, leaving just 30 percent for all other expenses. It is hard for us to imagine, but that’s the reality for the average person in Congo, Cambodia or Nepal, according to the Food Security Index, a major report sponsored by DuPont that ranks food affordability, availability, and quality across 105 countries. FULL STORY »

FAO to improve livestock’s environmental impact measures

A new United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-led partnership is looking to improve how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed, a necessary first step in improving the sustainability of this important food production sector. FULL STORY »

International commission sets ractopamine standards

At its annual meeting being held July 2-7 in Rome, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which was established by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote food safety and fair practices in trade, adopted science-based standards for ractopamine. Specifically, on Thursday the commission adopted Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pig and cattle muscle, fat, liver and kidney. FULL STORY »

FAO and OIE outline global FMD-free strategy

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have announced an initiative to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on a global scale. The two groups outlined a detailed strategy to bring it under control and work toward a global FMD-free objective. FULL STORY »

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 »

New Zealand opens market a crack to U.S. pork

Porcine reproductive and respiratory (PRRS) costs U.S. pork producers an estimated $646 million annually, but it’s also costing them the potential of exporting pork to the likes of New Zealand and Australia. 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 »

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