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After WTO, expectations grow for Trans-Pacific trade deal

Expectations are growing that an ambitious trade pact between a dozen nations around the Pacific Rim may be wrapped up in 2-3 months, with signs that political desire for a deal is trumping a string of technical difficulties in drawing it up. FULL STORY »

Dairy drives Idaho ag export growth

Idaho is on pace for another record year of agricultural exports. FULL STORY »

USDA increases FY 2014 ag export forecast by $2 billion

In an updated report, USDA increased its projections for fiscal year 2014 agricultural exports to $137 billion, up $2 billion from its last forecast in August but $3.9 billion below last year’s record export figures. FULL STORY »

Some folks not happy with Chinese purchases of U.S. commodities

Every Thursday, the grain market anxiously anticipates the export sales for the week, indicating the amount of corn and soybeans to be shipped abroad, and particularly how much will be going to China. FULL STORY »

Dairy shown effective against metabolic syndrome, obesity

A South Korean study found that dairy intake helps lower the risks associated with metabolic syndrome. FULL STORY »

Transformation of food systems needed for better nutrition

Severe nutrition problems afflict more than half the world's population and food systems will need to undergo significant changes to improve people's diets and lives, speakers told country representatives and experts as they opened a meeting organized by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO). FULL STORY »

Ag exporters, farm groups press administration on Chinese biotech

In a letter today to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and several other farm groups raised concerns regarding ongoing delays, lack of transparency and arbitrary decisions in China’s process of approving new biotechnology traits. FULL STORY »

Thirsty? Global milk consumption set to take off

The world is set for a boom in milk consumption, according to Tetra Pak president and CEO, Dennis Jönsson. FULL STORY »

China will help U.S. farmers with our surplus

Can you imagine the ire of Congress and the U.S. taxpayer if American farmers received subsidies for insurance, a subsidy for the county where the farm was located, a subsidy for raising grain, a subsidy for machinery, a subsidy for using better seed, all on top of another payment for producing grain? FULL STORY »

Shipping record U.S. corn crop burdens railroads, barge lines

Harvesting the largest U.S. corn crop on record and transporting it on railroads and rivers to markets here and abroad is driving up costs for rail cars, barges and trucks in the world's top crop producer and exporter. FULL STORY »

U.S. suppliers find latest export opportunity in UHT milk

Chinese demand for imported UHT milk is soaring. Consumption jumped from nearly 18 million lbs. in 2010 to a forecast 331 million lbs. this year, according to a new research study from the U.S. Dairy Export Council. FULL STORY »

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