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December 10, 2018
South Korea’s imports of American food and agricultural products in 2018 through October totaled $7.9 billion, up 16.8 percent from the same period of the previous year.
December 6, 2018
Due to bad weather during the flowering and fruit growing seasons, Korean fresh apple production is projected to decrease by 14 percent to 467,800 metric tons (MT) in Marketing Year (MY) 2018/19.
December 4, 2018
Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety will begin implementation of its previously announced pesticide Positive List System (PLS) on January 1, 2019.
December 3, 2018
On November 13, 2018, Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) released its revised 2018 rice production estimate of 3.868 million metric tons (MMT), slightly down from 3.875 MMT, the initial rice production....
November 20, 2018
Korea relies heavily on imports to fulfill its food and agricultural needs. Korea maintains a strong food processing industry that manufactures a wide variety of food and beverage products.
November 13, 2018
In 2017, domestic raw milk production totaled 2.06 million MT, down less than 1 percent from 2016. Since the FMD outbreak in 2010, local raw milk production has over-corrected....
November 7, 2018
In marketing year 2018/2019, FAS Seoul projects that Korea’s pear production will decline by close to 20 percent from the previous marketing year to 214,000 MT....
November 5, 2018
In Marketing Year (MY) 2018/19, heavy rains during the planting season caused farmers to opt out of the government program to reduce rice acreage and continue planting rice.
October 8, 2018
Korea’s cattle and hog herds will continue to grow next year, driving beef and pork production.
September 14, 2018
Korean imports of seafood in 2017 totaled $4.98 billion, up 10.7 percent from 2016 due to rising prices and increased imports of white fish and shrimp.
September 7, 2018
In Marketing Year (MY) 2019 (January – December), Korea’s chicken production is projected to increase about 2.4 percent to 932,000 metric tons (MT) from 910,000 MT in MY 2018....
August 20, 2018
Strong consumer demand for value, quality, convenience and diversity generates increased demand for imported agricultural products in the Korean retail sector.
August 13, 2018
On June 26, 2018, the Agricultural Affairs Office at U.S. Embassy Seoul, the U.S. Grains Council Korea office and the Korea Biofuels Forum jointly hosted the 2018 Seoul Bioethanol Conference.
July 9, 2018
Korean potato production is expected to increase to 530,000 metric tons (MT) in Calendar Year (CY) 2018, as potato farmers respond to higher prices caused by low supply in CY 2017.
July 3, 2018
As actual rice planting area was less than FAS/Seoul had estimated in the last report, the rice production forecast for MY 2018/19 is revised down to 3.73 million metric tons (MMT).
June 20, 2018
Korea has an active greenhouse farming culture, accounting for about 12 percent of agricultural output by value.
June 20, 2018
Total production of grain and other crops on a grain equivalent basis is estimated at 5.75 million metric tons (5 MMT, milled basis for rice and grain equivalent for soybeans) in marketing year....
April 16, 2018
South Korea is the United States’ second largest beef market by value, a remarkable turnaround from the market closure in late 2003.
April 9, 2018
Korean rice production is forecast to decrease in MY 2018/19 as the government’s rice reduction program takes effect.
April 3, 2018
This is an update to implementation of Korea’s Special Act on Imported Food Safety Management (GAIN KS1609).

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