U.S. Senate nears vote on Russia trade, rights bill

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a bill this week to upgrade trade relations with Russia and to penalize Russian human rights violators, sending it to President Barack Obama to sign into law, congressional aides said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

EU trade chief calls on Mexico to reopen trade pact with Europe

Europe and Mexico need to go back to the negotiating table to rework their 12-year-old free-trade agreement to include services and agriculture, the European Union's top trade official said on Monday. FULL STORY »

EU 2013 budget talks end in failure

Talks on the European Union's 2013 budget collapsed in acrimony on Friday, denting hopes of a swift deal later this month on the bigger issue of the bloc's long-term spending for 2014-2020. FULL STORY »

Lot of work left on Canada-EU trade deal, both sides say

Canada and the European Union still have plenty of work to do on a proposed free trade treaty that is supposed to be finished by the end of the year, officials from both sides said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

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 »

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