Drought in major cattle regions in Australia has significantly increased slaughter and production as producers bring forward turnoff, depressing domestic prices but boosting exports.
On December 31, 2013, China’s National Standardization Technical Committee on Cotton Processing published the final version of National Standard on cotton baling (GB6975-2013).
In June 2013, the Philippine Department of Agriculture formally allowed the importation of U.S. fresh table stock potatoes for consumption.
Mexican beef consumption continues to fall next year while pork rebounds slightly as the more affordable meat.
The German Federal Constitutional Court rejected a constitutional complaint by 16 German wine-growers against a check-off program called "German Wine Fund."
The recent detection of substandard lard produced from recycled cooking oil has caused the recall of hundreds of food products in Hong Kong and generated new proposals to regulate cooking oil waste.
This report is a summary of issues in Russia of interest to the U. S. agricultural community.
On October 6th, 2014 Russia imposed a ban on re-export of plant products from Poland to Russia.
Seven U.S. exhibitors reported over $130,000 in projected sales following a successful participation in the inaugural Natural and Organic Products Expo Asia 2014 held in Hong Kong during August 27-29.
MY 2014/15 sugar production is forecast at 13.3 million tons, down one million tons from MY 2013/14 on falling acreage.
There is a need for genetic improvement of BiH’s dairy herds to increase the production of milk and meat and create higher income for the rural population.
This report provides an overview of the food laws and regulatory environment in Morocco as they relate to U.S. food and agricultural exports.
During Marketing Year 2013/2014 (MY 13/14), sugar production reached 561,324 Metric Tons (MT) and Post estimates overall production of nearly 580,000 MT during MY 14/15.
Malaysia has a relatively small consumer base for wine. Nonetheless, U.S. sales were a record in 2013, and U.S. wines can build upon this through more educational and promotion efforts.
For MY2014/15, grain crop production in Morocco is expected to decrease.
The Dutch feed sector announced a two-track sourcing policy in 2015, by which a third of the market will be supplied with RTRS soy and two-thirds of the market by alternative sustainability programs.
The cattle herd will continue to shrink in 2015, as record high animal prices prompt many producers to liquidate, while beef heifer retention remains weak.
FAS/Moscow forecasts Russian broiler production to rise to 3.4 MMT in 2015.

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