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Japan may relax U.S. beef import rules in February

Japan could allow U.S. beef imports from cattle up to 30 months old next month, easing a restriction in place since 2005 on what was once the biggest market for U.S. exports. FULL STORY »

Rabobank: China will continue to drive ag commodity demand

China's continued influence on agricultural commodity demand and global economic growth, along with increasing weather extremes, stand out as key issues for North American food, beverage and agribusiness in 2013, a recent poll of Rabobank clients shows. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Improving business climate for U.S. meat in Taiwan

Thad Lively, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for trade access, has just returned from meetings in Taiwan, where he found an improving business climate for U.S. meat exports. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Elections won’t derail Japan’s review of BSE regulations

For the past several months, regulatory agencies in Japan have been conducting a formal review of the country’s BSE-related beef import restrictions. FULL STORY »

Japan halts beef imports from Brazil over BSE link

Japan says it has halted beef imports from Brazil after the South American nation notified the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) of the discovery of the protein believed to cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow. FULL STORY »

South Korea: Rebuilding confidence in U.S. beef

Only four years ago, 100,000 South Koreans lined the streets of Seoul to protest the return of U.S. beef to Korea. Consumer confidence in American beef was at an all-time low. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Don’t lose faith in Korea-U.S. FTA

With exports of both U.S. beef and pork to South Korea being lower than in 2011, some observers may question whether the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement – which took effect in March – is living up to its promises. FULL STORY »

Expanded beef restrictions in Japan to boost U.S. cattle business

A Japanese government subcommittee recommended expanding restrictions to accept beef from cattle 30 months or younger, a 10 month increase from the current restrictions. FULL STORY »

Japan halts beef imports from one U.S. meat plant

Japan on Thursday stopped importing beef from a U.S. meat plant after American authorities failed to confirm that beef from the plant without proper documents met Japan's safety requirements on the U.S. origin, the health and farm ministries said. FULL STORY »

Australia to track foreign buyers in agriculture sector

Australia will set up a foreign-ownership register for farm lands, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Tuesday, as the government moves to ease public concern over foreign buyers in the agriculture sector, particularly Chinese. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Seng comments on export opportunities in Taiwan, China

U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng has just returned from the Greater China region, where he examined current market conditions for beef and pork. FULL STORY »

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