South America

U.S. opens market to Brazilian pork

The United States has lifted the hold on Brazilian pork imports from certain areas of the country, following nearly 18 months of discussions regarding compliance with sanitary standards. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Back to work, the markets and the weather

While I know farm work is never done, nor does it stop for the holidays, there is a bit of end-of-the-year relaxation; sort of a collective deep breath before we all begin the race again. FULL STORY »

U.S. closing in on record pork export year

With two months of the year left to go in terms of meat export reports, U.S. pork exports are on pace to set a record. October set a new all-time monthly value record at $573.9 million, which pushed the cumulative export value to a new annual record of $4.93 billion. That breaks the previous high of $4.88 billion in 2008. FULL STORY »

Scientists warn major investment in ag needed

In order to avoid widespread hunger in the next few years, scientists warn that billions of dollars are needed to invest in agriculture and food distribution systems.

In a report issued last week, the scientists said, “If that investment is directed toward sustainable forms of agriculture, then farming can also be made into a weapon in the fight against dangerous global warming … as more environmentally friendly farming methods can result in soils absorbing carbon dioxide rather than releasing it.” 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 »

Brazilian pork will head to China in 2012

Brazil is back in China’s market as the first shipments of Brazilian pork are expected to start moving in early 2012. Some authorized production companies can export the meat starting in November, according to an official with the Brazilian Association of Pork Meat Producers. 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 »

Agriculture energized by FTAs' approval

While skeptics and critics remain over Congress’ long-awaited approval of the South Korea, Colombia and Panama free-trade agreements, it’s not a stretch to say that folks in agriculture are nearly giddy at the outcome. FULL STORY »

NCGA applauds House for passing FTAs

National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer was quick to compliment the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the free-trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. FULL STORY »

House and Senate approve 3 FTAs; here’s what they offer

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the South Korea, Panama and Colombia free-trade agreements late on Wednesday, and the Senate was quick to follow. In both houses the trade pacts passed by comfortable margins. 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 »

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