Asia

Big gaps remain between U.S. and Japan in trade talks

Big gaps remain between the United States and Japan after two days of top-level talks on a bilateral trade deal that is vital for a broader regional pact, negotiators on both sides said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

U.S. readies for more 'extremely tough' trade talks with Japan

The United States is finding talks with Japan on opening its agricultural market "extremely tough", a senior U.S. trade official said on Friday, as the two countries prepared for another round of bilateral negotiations. FULL STORY »

Obama's ambitious trade agenda hits Asian resistance

America's ambitious trade agenda is running into fierce resistance in Asia, but negotiators say a draft Pacific free-trade deal that papers over some differences may be ready by the time U.S. President Barack Obama visits the region in April. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Restaurant growth driving stronger beef demand in Vietnam

In recent months the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has seen increasing demand for imported beef in Vietnam, driven in large part by expansion in the family dining restaurant sector. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Confidence in U.S. meat rebounds quickly in Taiwan

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Technical Services Manager Travis Arp has just returned from Taiwan, where he conducted educational sessions for buyers of U.S. beef and pork. FULL STORY »

Baseball and beef: A winning combination in Japan

Beef and baseball are a winning combination in Japan as they are in the United States. To capitalize on that double-header pairing, USMEF recently involved Japanese baseball legend and Oklahoma state Senator Randy Bass in an extremely popular campaign to promote U.S. beef in Japan. FULL STORY »

Agricultural policy in China

For as long as we can remember, farmers have been concerned about a level playing field when it comes to international trade. This became especially true, once agriculture was brought under the purview of the Agreement on Agriculture and the formation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the first of the year in 1995. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Producer team in Japan to observe marketing activities

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is hosting a contingent of U.S. beef, pork, soybean and corn producers in Japan this week for a firsthand look at specific marketing activities for U.S. beef and pork. FULL STORY »

Wagyu beef farm managers face fraud charges in Japan

Former managers of a farm located near the Fukushima nuclear plant are accused of deceiving clients investing in the farm’s wagyu cattle ownership system. FULL STORY »

Shuanghui International acquires Smithfield Foods

On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, the Chinese meat products firm Shuanghui International announced its acquisition of Smithfield Foods. Smithfield controls 26 percent of US pork processing capacity and 15 percent of US pork production. FULL STORY »

Red meat exports to Philippines thriving

The Philippines has emerged as one of this year’s fastest growing markets for U.S. pork and beef exports. Regulatory issues slowed shipments to this market in 2012, due in part to pressure from the domestic livestock industry to curb imports. FULL STORY »

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