South America

U.S. beef, pork on display at one of world’s largest food shows

Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for marketing and communications, is in Paris this week for SIAL 2014 – one of the world’s largest food exhibitions. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork faces growing competition in Honduras

Since the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) was implemented in 2006, Honduras has blossomed into a top 10 destination for U.S. pork exports. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork exports to Colombia surges, beef gaining traction

While the United States has been one of Colombia’s leading meat suppliers for many years, the volume of trade with Colombia was significantly held back by high duties and other trade barriers. FULL STORY »

Mexico says U.S. not respecting WTO ruling on meat labeling

The United States is not respecting a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on meat labeling, Mexico's Agriculture Minister Enrique Martinez said on Tuesday, saying it was hurting local industry. FULL STORY »

Argentine farmers hoard soy as protection against falling peso

Sales of Argentine soybeans are lagging this season due to expectations for higher world prices later and to domestic financial uncertainty that has prompted farmers to save in beans rather than pesos. FULL STORY »

Canada retaliation on U.S. labels may go beyond beef, pork

Canadian retaliation against the United States for its country- of-origin meat-labeling rules may target more products than U.S. beef and pork. FULL STORY »

Russia to ban meat from most Canadian, Mexican suppliers

Russia plans to ban meat imports from most Canadian and Mexican suppliers from April 8 over concerns about the use of the feed additive ractopamine, Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service (VPSS) said on Friday. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Producers see export opportunities firsthand

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) conducted its 2013 Market Expo last week in Lima, Peru, and Panama City, Panama. FULL STORY »

Frost hits Argentine soy fields, some yield loss expected

A sudden blast of Arctic air shocked late-planted soy fields in parts of Argentina's main grains province Buenos Aires over the weekend, putting pressure on harvest expectations in one of the world's top exporters of beans and soy byproducts. FULL STORY »

Brazil to overtake U.S. as top soybean producer

An Iowa State University grain markets expert said this week that a combination of long-term trends and recent weather patterns are responsible for putting Brazil in a position this year to overtake U.S. soybean production for the first time. FULL STORY »

Smithfield venture in Mexico gets $40 million boost

The World Bank's private-sector lender said this week it will lend $40 million to Norson, a joint venture in Mexico of local investors and the world's largest pork processor Smithfield Foods, to expand production and cut greenhouse gas emissions at its plants. FULL STORY »

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