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Cattle Outlook: June beef exports up 19 percent led by Japan

International beef trade continues to be a big factor in this year's record cattle prices. During the first half of 2011, 10.3% of U.S. beef production was exported and imports equaled 8.1% of production. FULL STORY »

Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement now in effect

The Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement took effect August 15, 2011. This agreement will result in fewer barriers to trade and expanded opportunities for Canadian exporters and investors in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, mining and financial services. FULL STORY »

USMEF Report: At halfway mark of 2011, U.S. beef, pork exports on record pace

If global demand remains strong, U.S. beef and pork exports could each could eclipse the $5 billion mark for the first time ever in 2011. FULL STORY »

Japan's radiation scare to hit beef output

Japan's widening ban on cattle shipments after the discovery of radiation-contaminated feed will reduce domestic beef output in the short term, but it remains unclear to what degree suppliers such as Australia and the United States could benefit. FULL STORY »

More beef bans after radiation reports at Japanese prefecture

RTTNews reports beef shipments from a fourth Japanese prefecture have been banned following reports that radioactive cesium levels in beef in the region exceeded official limits. FULL STORY »

2010 Iowa ag exports topped $7 billion

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) director, Debi Durham today announced that international demand remains strong for Iowa's agriculture products. They cited recently released numbers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing that Iowa exported $7.04 billion in agricultural goods in fiscal year 2010. FULL STORY »

Audio: Beef exports to Hong Kong booming

U.S. beef exports to Hong Kong are reaching new heights in 2011. Through the first five months of the year, exports have more than doubled in volume to 50.8 million pounds and increased 140 percent in value to just over $100 million. FULL STORY »

Japan Trade Ministry: Tepco should share cost of Cesium-tainted beef

Japan's trade minister said on Saturday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc (9501.TO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, should share with the government the cost of purchasing beef containing radioactive cesium, public broadcaster NHK reported. FULL STORY »

Cows eating contaminated feed double expected level in Japan

Bloomberg reports the number of cattle eating contaminated straw is twice the level initially announced by Japan’s government two days earlier. FULL STORY »

Japan beef prices plunge amid concern about contamination

Japanese beef prices plunged over 50% in Tokyo trading Tuesday amid widespread anxiety over the exposure of cows to radioactive cesium, Kyodo News reported. FULL STORY »

Australian beef demand holds in Japan as local demand falls

Japan's consumption of Australian beef is holding up, while demand for local beef is falling sharply, as concerns over irradiated cattle broaden, Melanie Brock, Japan regional manager for the marketing concern Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd., said Tuesday. FULL STORY »

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