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USMEF: Strong demand for U.S. meat in Russia, challenges remain

Russia’s demand for U.S. meat is very strong. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has returned from the World Food Moscow exhibition with a positive outlook for U.S. pork and beef. FULL STORY »

Russia finally joins WTO

After 18 years of negotiations, Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Aug. 22, but there was barely a whisper about it throughout Corn Belt agriculture, which has a lot to gain or lose. FULL STORY »

EU to limit use of crop-based biofuels

The European Union (EU) will impose a limit on the use of crop-based biofuels over fears they are less climate-friendly than initially thought and compete with food production, according to draft EU legislation. FULL STORY »

CME: Will Russia limit wheat exports?

Russia’s wheat crop was all the news yesterday as a Russian economic analyst predicted some sort of export restriction is looming due to a drought-impacted crop. The group, SovEcon, cut its estimate for Russian wheat production to 38 million metric tons for this year. FULL STORY »

France, U.S. to call for G20 meeting if needed on grain

The United States and France are closely watching rising grain and soy prices and will be ready to call for an emergency meeting of G20 agricultural officials if needed, France's agricultural minister said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Groups want investigation after cattle die en route to Russia

The Animal Welfare Institute and Compassion in World Farming are calling on the USDA to take immediate action following reports that 400 pregnant cattle among a total of 3,900 cattle being transported by ship from the U.S. to Russia have died en route. FULL STORY »

Russia's WTO accession nearly complete good for U.S. meat

Through May, Russia has been one of this year's hottest markets for U.S. beef and pork, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Prospects for future export growth to Russia have been bolstered by its entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO). FULL STORY »

Russia plans to meet growing beef demand from within

Long-range goals show Russia will cut beef imports and produce more home-grown beef with the right cattle breed and an experienced Oklahoma cattle rancher. FULL STORY »

EU plans to let traces of unapproved GMOs in food

Tiny amounts of unapproved genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be permitted in food imports to the European Union under draft rules due to be proposed shortly by the bloc's executive. FULL STORY »

U.S.-EU mull talks on a wide-ranging trade deal

The United States and the European Union are giving serious thought to starting talks on a free trade agreement covering all business sectors, including agriculture, a traditional source of friction between the two sides, a top U.S. trade official said. FULL STORY »

U.S./E.U. partnership to allow equal organic trade

USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has announced that the United States and the European Union have agreed to recognize the two nations’ organic programs as equivalent and allow access to each other's markets. FULL STORY »

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