Cattle Outlook: Beef exports up 27% in first 3 quarters of 2011

The World Trade Organization has determined that the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rules (COOL) are "inconsistent with the United States' WTO obligations" in part because they afford less favorable treatment to imported Canadian cattle and hogs. I assume this means the COOL regulations will change, eventually. FULL STORY »

S. Korea president pushes for stalled U.S. trade pact

South Korea's president made a rare trip to parliament on Tuesday to urge legislators to vote through a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States which critics say could threaten South Korea's national interests. FULL STORY »

Japanese beef import restrictions: Changes and implications

The beef industry took full note of media releases last week indicating Japan may soon relax the current restriction of imported U.S. beef being from animals under 21 months of age. FULL STORY »

USMEF expects Japan to ease beef restrictions by April 1

Bloomberg reports Japan is expected to allow U.S. beef from cattle aged 30 months and younger begging April 1. FULL STORY »

U.S. beef sales decline 27 percent

Beef exports fell 5,640 metric tons to 15,262 MT last week, falling below the average for the year. FULL STORY »

Japan’s beef restrictions eased for U.S., Canada

The Mainichi Daily News reports U.S. and Canada will be able to ship beef from cattle aged 30 months or younger to Japan, an improvement over the previous restrictions put in place due to fears of mad cow disease 10 years ago. FULL STORY »

Foot-and-Mouth disease may be found on South Korea cattle farm

Bloomberg reports a cattle farmer 230 miles from Seoul, South Korea told city officials one of his 14 cattle showed symptoms of foot-and-mouth disease. FULL STORY »

Missouri reaches $4.4 billion trade agreement with China

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri has reached an agreement to sell $4.4 billion worth of products to China through 2014. Nixon said Monday that the deal includes an emphasis on selling Missouri agricultural products. FULL STORY »

Obama hails South Korea trade deal as win for both

President Barack Obama hailed a just-completed trade deal with South Korea Thursday as he welcomed the country's president to the White House, offering warm praise for a solid ally in a world in flux. FULL STORY »

House panel advances FTAs

A House committee vote Wednesday set in motion the final act of the long drama of approving free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. FULL STORY »

McConnell: FTAs to be submitted soon

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday he expects free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to be submitted to Congress soon, as debate got underway on a tariff bill that could pave the way for passage of the long-delayed trade pacts. FULL STORY »

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