Genesus seedstock expands in to Spain

Genesus swine seedstock producer has announced its first genetic production nucleus to be placed in Western Europe. Specifically, the unit is a sow facility to be located on an isolated plateau in central Spain. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Good news, bad news

The tale of two activists who went undercover to videotape conditions on hog farms in Finland takes some unexpected twists. What happened is a classic glass half full/half empty scenario. FULL STORY »

Pork exports pay dividends; expect future growth

“It’s been a successful year for U.S. pork and beef exports,” says Keith Miller, out-going U.S. Meat Export Federation chairman. With a strong fourth quarter, both sectors could exceed $5 billion in annual sales for the first time ever. FULL STORY »

AGree video promotes collaborative dialogue, policy

A new series of micro-documentary films released today by AGree underscores the complexity of our food and agriculture system and stresses the need to find common ground on food and agriculture issues. FULL STORY »

McConnell: FTAs to be submitted soon

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday he expects free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to be submitted to Congress soon, as debate got underway on a tariff bill that could pave the way for passage of the long-delayed trade pacts. FULL STORY »

Russia intends to export pork

The Russian farm ministry says the country’s pork and poultry sectors will be meat and poultry exporters by 2020. FULL STORY »

High debt seen hurting U.S., Japan, Europe

New research suggests the high and rising debt of the U.S., Japan and Europe will stunt economic growth unless countries act quickly to contain it. FULL STORY »

USMEF Report: Russia’s 2012 pork quotas could hinder U.S.

U.S. pork exports have achieved strong growth in Russia in 2011, reaching 63.8 million pounds valued at $85.2 million through the first five months of the year. FULL STORY »

JSR Genetic inks deal with China

JSR Genetics, UK-based international pig breeding company, has signed a £1 million contract with Chinese state-owned import/export company the China Animal Husbandry Group, further accelerating its growth in Asia. FULL STORY »

Russia’s African Swine Fever outlook worsens

Russia’s encounter with African Swine Fever began earlier this year, and the future prognosis is not good. Current reports indicate that the virus has been identified in 20 of the country’s regions. FULL STORY »

Biotech crops/food losing ground in Europe

The European Union Parliament voted this week on draft legislation to give individual countries more authority and sovereignty in banning production of genetically modified (GM) crops. Expectation is for companies to be forced out. Countries will also be labeling food as GM. FULL STORY »

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