North America

China not yet demanding pledge Canada pork is ractopamine free

China is not yet requiring a third-party review of Canadian pork imports to ensure they are free of the feed additive ractopamine, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Smithfield says it will meet China's deadline on pork

Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest pork processor, said on Thursday it will be able to supply pork that is free of the feed additive ractopamine in time to meet a March 1 deadline by China. FULL STORY »

China seeks extra testing of U.S. pork for feed additive

China wants a third party to verify beginning March 1 that U.S. pork shipped to the country is free of a feed additive used to promote lean muscle growth. FULL STORY »

EU-U.S. trade talks promise both prizes and pitfalls

Forthcoming transatlantic trade talks might offer a fresh incentive for Europe to worry a bit less about protecting past economic gains and focus a bit more on securing sources of future prosperity. FULL STORY »

EU, U.S. fire starting gun for free trade talks

The United States and the European Union agreed on Wednesday to push for the launch by the end of June of talks to create the world's biggest free trade alliance, which could be a benchmark for global competitors to follow. FULL STORY »

Russia may block some North American meat over ractopamine

Ractopamine is used as a feed additive by livestock producers in the United States and Canada and elsewhere. But countries such as China have banned its use amid concerns that traces of the additive could persist, despite scientific evidence stating that it is safe. FULL STORY »

U.S. COOL rules cost Canadian hog farmers $2 billion

U.S. country-of-origin meat-labeling rules have directly cost Canada's hog and pork industry more than $2 billion, according to a report that could help determine retaliation against U.S. exports if Washington does not change its requirements. FULL STORY »

Interview: The voice of reason

An ethics professor at the center of the Green Mountain College oxen controversy weighs in on ‘vegan abolitionists,’ sustainability and how we ought to analyze the issue of factory farming. FULL STORY »

California egg farmers challenge Prop 2

California's egg farmers have filed a lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court seeking a determination that Proposition 2 (Prop 2) – a law regulating egg-laying hen enclosures - is unconstitutionally vague. The law's lack of clarity prevents egg farmers from modifying their housing facilities in time to comply with the Jan. 1, 2015, implementation date., FULL STORY »

Drought impact on crop yields topic at MU crop conference

Grain farmers should use caution on how they apply recently released data on crop productivity related to drought, said University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold. FULL STORY »

‘Finding Common Ground’ on animal and worker welfare, Jan. 17

Tough issues like improving farm animal and worker health and welfare require a broad perspective, an inquisitive mind, and a commitment to collaboration. On Jan. 17, the University of Minnesota and other sponsors will present a day-long “Finding Common Ground” event to discuss these issues and more. FULL STORY »

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