South America

Trade secretary says 5 countries ban Brazil beef over BSE case

Five countries have banned imports of Brazilian beef after a case of atypical mad cow disease was confirmed last month, Brazil's foreign trade secretary Tatiana Prazeres said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Brazil's JBS says withdraws lawsuit against Greenpeace

JBS SA, the world's largest meat company, said on Wednesday it has withdrawn a lawsuit against environmental activist group Greenpeace and renewed a promise not to purchase cattle from restricted areas in Brazil. FULL STORY »

Brazil on the offensive to clear name over BSE

Brazil is launching a diplomatic offensive to defend its huge beef industry and clarify details of an 'atypical case' of mad cow disease that prompted its top customer, Russia, to consider import restrictions after Japan suspended purchases altogether. FULL STORY »

Argentine soy, corn sowing slowed by driving rains

Key Argentine corn and soy areas have been drenched by storms this month, keeping some fields under water and delaying planting while toxic fungus, bred by the excessive moisture, moves in on wheat fields. FULL STORY »

An important shift: U.S. cattle imports from Mexico and Canada

The supply side of the supply-demand economic environment will continue to support cattle prices. U.S. calf crops have been shrinking in recent years; the 2012 crop is likely 800,000 to 850,000 smaller than 2011’s. And the 2013 calf crop will be even smaller. Besides the smaller calf crop, in the next few years two additional factors will contribute to lower-trending U.S. cattle slaughter: 1) smaller cattle imports; 2) increased hold-back of U.S. heifers and cows for breeding herds. The discussion below focuses on why U.S. cattle imports are expected to drop. 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 »

U.S. Bush-era trade deal with Panama goes into force

A U.S. free-trade agreement with Panama went into force on Wednesday, five years after it was originally negotiated, opening the way for increased U.S. exports as the Central American country continues its canal expansion project. FULL STORY »

CME: Feeder cattle supplies tighter with fewer imports

Feeder cattle imports from Canada and Mexico make up a notable portion of the US feeder cattle supply, especially along the Northern and Southern border areas. FULL STORY »

Mexico looks beyond the United States for corn imports

Mexico's 270,000-tonne purchase of non-U.S. corn announced this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may signal the start of a trend away from its traditional near-total dependence on American producers, market watchers said. FULL STORY »

NCBA discusses the implementation of the US-Panama FTA

NCBA's Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, Kent Bacus speaks to us about the implementation of the US-Panama Free Trade Agreement. FULL STORY »

Analysis: Prices drive soy farming into Brazil cattle country

Farmers like Endrigo Dalcin are so keen to plant Brazil's biggest-ever soybean crop that they are tearing down the fences around once-sacred territory: pastures that feed the world's largest commercial cattle herd. FULL STORY »

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