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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 »

Shanghai Pengxin poised to buy 2nd NZ dairy farm business

Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Pengxin is poised to buy its second set of dairy farms in New Zealand, the world's leading dairy produce export country, as China's firms increasingly look overseas for sources of milk to meet growing demand at home. FULL STORY »

AVMA, European veterinary group, issue joint statement

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) this week issued a joint statement, entitled “The Essential Role of Veterinarians in Protecting Animal, Human, Public, and Environmental Health—A Global Public Good.” The statement emphasizes the important role veterinarians play in the protection human and public health by controlling animal disease. FULL STORY »

A comparison of world corn yields

People often ask how corn yields in China or elsewhere compare to corn yields in the U.S. The foreign data are normally reported in tonnes per hectare while most of us think of yields in bushels per acre. FULL STORY »

U.S. firms urge Washington not to rush landmark trade deal

U.S. multinationals have warned Washington not to compromise and weaken a landmark 12-nation Asia-Pacific free trade pact in order to complete the deal by the end of this year. FULL STORY »

Congress [hearts] ag exports

A new report released by the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress puts ag exports in the spotlight. FULL STORY »

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