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U.S. staring contest with Japan stretches out Pacific trade pact

A standoff between the United States and Japan is holding up talks on a sweeping Pacific free trade pact and a lack of authority to push an eventual deal through the U.S. Congress without amendment may be undercutting Washington's hand. FULL STORY »

Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference set for March 13 -14

Cover crops are increasingly being credited with improving soil health and adding to a farmer’s bottom line. The Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference – “Your Farm, Your Options” on March 13 and 14, 2014 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, will include topics ranging from selecting the right cover crop variety for planting to how to plant no-till into cover crop residue. FULL STORY »

Asia and Africa home to 95% of global ag population

Between 1980 and 2011, the nonagricultural population grew by a staggering 94 percent, from 2.2 billion to 4.4 billion people -- a rate approximately five times greater than that of agricultural population growth. FULL STORY »

Japan, U.S. fail to make headway in Pacific trade pact talks

Bilateral talks between Japan and the United States held as part of negotiations on a Pacific trade pact ended without an agreement on Monday, with Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari saying that gaps still remained between the two sides. FULL STORY »

‘Enough is enough’ when it comes to the food security debate

Innovation, choice and trade - the three pillars for ensuring a food secure world before 2050. FULL STORY »

USDA: Corn net sales rebound after sluggish start to 2014

In the USDA’s latest “U.S. Export Sales” report, corn net sales of 821,000 metric tons (MT) for 2013-2014 were up noticeably from last week and 26 percent higher than the four-week average. It is also around 33,000 MT above the 10-week average. FULL STORY »

2013 sets dairy export record

Though the final numbers won’t be available until February, the U.S. Dairy Export Council reports that the United States set a dairy export record for 2013 in the first 11 months alone. FULL STORY »

University lecture considers U.S. role in global ag production

Current and former USDA officials will tackle the changing landscape of global agricultural production in an upcoming discussion contemplating the future of U.S. leadership in agriculture. FULL STORY »

Farming 101? Prince William studies agriculture

Britain’s Prince William is headed back to the classroom for a 10-week course in agricultural management. FULL STORY »

Distillers grain prices slump as China rejections clog pipeline

The price of distillers' dried grain has slid 20 percent in a week as U.S. exporters shied away from selling the corn-based feed grain to its top customer China after Beijing rejected shipments containing an unapproved GMO corn strain. FULL STORY »

He had seed corn in his what?

Two weeks ago, the news rippled across the commodity market that China had rejected a shipload of U.S. corn because it contained traces of genetic material from Syngenta’s Viptera seed technology. FULL STORY »

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