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USMEF looks for steady exports in 2013

While global economic uncertainty can change predictions at any moment, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) looks for 2013 to be fairly steady in terms of pork and beef exports. The export trade group wrapped up its strategic planning meeting in Indianapolis. FULL STORY »

Argentine storms could cut projected corn crop 20 percent

Argentina could lose 20 percent of its projected corn crop and 10 percent of its soy this season as violent storms lash the Pampas, turning prime farmland into unplantable mush, a local expert said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

U.S. Bush-era trade deal with Panama goes into force

A U.S. free-trade agreement with Panama went into force on Wednesday, five years after it was originally negotiated, opening the way for increased U.S. exports as the Central American country continues its canal expansion project. FULL STORY »

Brazil to raise ethanol blend by June

Brazil will raise the required amount of ethanol blended into gasoline to 25 percent from the current 20 percent by the end of June next year, according to the country's oil regulator. FULL STORY »

Vilsack responds to U.S.-Panama trade agreement

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the U.S. - Panama Trade Promotion Agreement. FULL STORY »

U.S., Panama to inaugurate free-trade pact next week

A free-trade agreement between the United States and Panama will go into force at the end of this month after a years-long delay, likely boosting U.S. exports of everything from tractors to chicken legs. FULL STORY »

Is Brazil the reservoir of future ag productive capacity?

In the past decade, Brazil has expanded crop acreage and adopted technology to significantly increase its productivity. Today, the major obstacle Brazilian farmers face is getting the crop from the field to the international markets, though that will not always be a problem. FULL STORY »

Argentine soy, corn planting seen boosted by rains

Corn and soy planting in the eastern Argentine province of Entre Rios will be helped by light rains this week while the country's key farm area to the south starts getting the sunshine needed to recover from recent flooding, a forecaster said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Brazil's economy to get welcome boost from farm sector

After a tough first quarter, Brazilian farmers are injecting life back into a stagnant economy at a time when manufacturers and consumers are retrenching. FULL STORY »

Brazil may overtake U.S. as top soybean producer

Brazil could emerge as the world's top soybean producer in 2012/13 as high prices encourage plantings while the worst drought in 56 years devastates crops in the U.S. Midwest, the International Grains Council said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Argentina seeks new biotech seed law

In a move designed to encourage Monsanto to sell its second generation transgenic soybean seed in the country, Argentina is developing a new seed law that would protect intellectual property rights for agricultural biotechnology. FULL STORY »

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