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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 »

July beef, pork exports continue to surge

July was another very strong month for U.S. beef and pork exports, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). FULL STORY »

Pfizer starts animal health joint venture in China

Drugmaker Pfizer aims to boost sales of veterinary medicines in China - and its global dominance in the animal health business - in a joint venture with a Chinese startup company. FULL STORY »

Beef shipments resume after ban in Japanese prefecture

The Mainichi Daily News reports beef from cattle in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima were shipped for the first time Wednesday after the ban was lifted last week due to radioactive concerns. FULL STORY »

Beef shipments from Japanese prefectures approved

RTT News reports the ban on beef cattle from four Japanese prefectures has been lifted following steps to keep livestock safe from radioactive contamination. FULL STORY »

China's problem is water

Beijing's hopes for food self-sufficiency may prove little more than a pipe dream as growing pressures on China's water system limit its agricultural potential. FULL STORY »

Japan partially lifts beef ban following radiation

Reuters reports Japan lifted its ban on beef from Miyagi prefecture, but shipments of beef cattle from the area will remain in a controlled environment allowing meat to be tested for radiation contamination. FULL STORY »

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