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Tag Archives: China

SORGHUM ACRES UP

Illinois’ sorghum planted area is expected to total 40,000 acres, up 74% from 2014. Chinese export demand sparked a national increase in sorghum acres.

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CHINESE DEMAND

The overwhelming demand for soybeans by China shows up in a pair of maps recently updated by FarmdocDaily.  It indicates how important China is to Illinois soybean farmers.

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PORK AND PORTS

A strong dollar has made U.S. pork more costly than meat from competing countries, which has led to a slowdown in exports, especially to China. And cargo slow-downs due to a labor dispute at West Coast ports has left stocks of pork products piling up.

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TOO MANY RULES

China’s government has too many rules restricting the adoption of genetically modified food, and that’s ultimately hurting its long-term competitiveness in the sector, according to a leading Chinese researcher on the topic.

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IT’S OFFICIAL

China has officially approved imports of Viptera, a GMO corn seed at the center of a string of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments, Syngenta AG said on Monday, ending uncertainty after a five-year review. Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera corn strain has been under scrutiny since late last year.

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CHINA TRADE

Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang has assured US officials and business communities that his country’s policy for developing the China-US economic relationship will not change despite China’s expanding economy. He made the comments this week during a visit to Chicago.

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VIPTERA FOLLOWUP

With expectations rising that China will soon approve imports of a GMO corn variety developed by Syngenta AG, the seed maker dropped a lawsuit against Bunge North America over the agribusiness company’s refusal to handle the controversial grain.

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VIPTERA UPDATE

Chinese officials have reported that the Ministry of Ag has officially approved imports of GMO corn and soybean varieties from Dupont, Pioneer and Bayer Cropscience. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement in Chicago.

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VIPTERA CORN OKAYED

Chinese officials informed some U.S. seed industry officials late Monday that they approved Syngenta AG’s genetically modified corn Viptera, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg. The corn is at the center of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments rejected by Beijing.

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CHINA CORN

Chinese grain analyst CNgrain released a report today estimating China 2014/15 ending Corn stocks at 120 million tonnes and the stocks-to-use ratio at a new record of 60%.

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