Putin pledges support for Russian livestock farms

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pledged support for livestock farming on Tuesday and sought to assure farmers that Russia's membership in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) did not threaten the fast-growing sector. 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 »

Cattle Outlook: June beef exports up 19 percent led by Japan

International beef trade continues to be a big factor in this year's record cattle prices. During the first half of 2011, 10.3% of U.S. beef production was exported and imports equaled 8.1% of production. FULL STORY »

2010 Iowa ag exports topped $7 billion

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) director, Debi Durham today announced that international demand remains strong for Iowa's agriculture products. They cited recently released numbers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing that Iowa exported $7.04 billion in agricultural goods in fiscal year 2010. FULL STORY »

Commodities market impact weather: Favorable heat for Midwest

Favorable Midwest heat, light Northern Plains rainfall, a variable Delta and Southeast trend, dry and hot for wheat harvest, additional West Texas heat, mixed trends in the Canadian Prairies, a hotter trend in northern China, periods of rain in central China, hotter and drier in western Europe, rainy and cool in Ukraine and Russia, and an mixed monsoon rain pattern in India are the main weather items for the commodity trade's attention. FULL STORY »

Hamburger suspected in French E. coli cases

French authorities are investigating two new suspected cases of E. coli linked to hamburger patties that have already sickened seven children, the health minister said Friday. FULL STORY »

Commodities market impact weather: Continued Midwest field-work delays

Continued delays in Midwest field work, persistent dryness in the Southern Plains, limited field-work progress in the Northern Plains, a mixed pattern in the Delta, another dry outlook for West Texas, meager rainfall in western Europe, a developing drier trend in Ukraine, a mild pattern in central China, and approaching showers over northern China are the main weather items for the commodity trade's attention. FULL STORY »

USMEF Report: U.S. beef exports to Europe growing faster than expected

In mid-2009, the United States and the European Union struck an agreement that defused the tension over beef from cattle raised with growth promotants. FULL STORY »

EU talks on banning food from cloned animals fail

European Union negotiators on Tuesday abandoned widely popular new legislation that would have banned cloning animals to produce food after all-night talks bogged down in disagreement. FULL STORY »

EU links rising food prices to commodities speculation

Agence France-Presse reports the European Commission acknowledged a link between commodities speculation and volatility in food prices. FULL STORY »

German Agriculture Minister Vows Tougher Controls

Germany's agriculture minister says the country is planning to increase controls on livestock feed and groceries in reaction to the dioxin-tainted food scandal that let to the closure of thousands of farms selling eggs, poultry and pork. FULL STORY »

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