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 »

Gestation-stall ban could backfire on activists in EU

The irony could be profound: Animal activists in Europe succeed in getting rid of sow gestation stalls only to have more industrialized hog farms rise up as a result. FULL STORY »

Protestors threaten to destroy GM wheat plot

The activist group “Take the Flour Back” has called for members of the public to join them in the destruction of a genetically modified wheat trial in Rothamsted, England on May 27. FULL STORY »

EU sow stall ban to hike pork prices

Pork production in EU countries is expected to fall by 5 percent to 10 percent and consumers will pay more for pork due to a European sow-stall ban that takes effect Jan. 1, 2013. 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 »

U.S.-EU mull talks on a wide-ranging trade deal

The United States and the European Union are giving serious thought to starting talks on a free trade agreement covering all business sectors, including agriculture, a traditional source of friction between the two sides, a top U.S. trade official said. FULL STORY »

Expanding the footprint of U.S. red meat in Russia

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

Ag groups call for consistent U.S./EU FTA

– A coalition of 40 food and agricultural organizations, including the National Pork Producers Council, has sent a letter to the Obama administration and Congress, regarding a proposed free trade-agreement between the United States and the European Union. The concern is that it might fall short of long-established U.S. objectives for trade pacts. FULL STORY »

Alltech, IFAJ present Young Leader Award

Alltech and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) will once again partner to present the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders Award. It recognizes the leadership potential of 10 young members each year from IFAJ-member countries, and supports their participation at the annual IFAJ Congress. FULL STORY »

Russia wheat exports to Asia to compete with U.S.

Russian wheat exporters are seeking to gain a foothold in the Asian market, which will increase competition for U.S. wheat exports. FULL STORY »

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