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#CHINA OK’s IMPORTS OF TWO #GMO PRODUCTS

China approved imports of two new varieties of GMO crops, clearing the way for U.S. ag companies to market new biotech seeds to farmers. The decision affects GE corn and soybean varieties developed by Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and comes after China agreed to speed reviews of biotech applications as a part of the trade… read more

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PORK UPDATE

China, the world’s biggest consumer of pork, has agreed to resume imports of the meat from 14 U.S. plants and warehouses, ending restrictions that had been in place, in some cases for more than year.

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DOCK STRIKE SETTLED

West Coast ports are resuming full operation after settlement of a labor dispute that snarled Asia-bound traffic for weeks, hitting meat and produce exports especially hard. Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition says he’s seen estimates that the disruption on the West Coast has cost U.S. exporters of agricultural products $1.75 billion each month.

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PORT STRIKE

Negotiations toward a contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports are within days of a resolution, hanging on whether their union can fire arbitrators, the top executive at the Port of Long Beach said.  However, the West Coast ports will be shut down this weekend.

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CHINESE CHICKEN

The Department of Agriculture will allow Chinese poultry processing companies to ship fully cooked, frozen and refrigerated chicken to the United States.

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