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| New Draft Organic Regulations Available for Public Comments | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Retail Foods | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 9/15/2014
In July 2014, the Russian State Duma Committee announced the start of public comments and expert evaluations of a draft version of National Standard (GOST) “Regulation of Organic Production” which will last until September 15, 2014. The GOST is prepared in accordance with the Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of June 28, 2007, on organic production and describes the requirements for organic production and labelling. The GOST includes lists of fertilizes, plant protection products and agricultu...
New Draft Organic Regulations Available for Public Comments_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_9-12-2014



| Food Retailers demand return to non GE-free feed | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals, Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products | Berlin | Germany | 9/15/2014
The German food retailers have demanded from the German Poultry Association (ZDG) to stop using genetically engineered feed starting from January 1st 2015. According to Lebensmittelzeitung, a working group "Soy in Animal Feed" was established with the long term goal to abandon GE feed totally in poultry and livestock production in Germany.
Food Retailers demand return to non GE-free feed_Berlin_Germany_9-3-2014



| 8th Food and Grocery Forum India 2015 - Update | Promotion Opportunities, Trade Show Announcement, Food Processing Ingredients, Retail Foods, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 9/15/2014
The 8th annual Food and Grocery Forum India (FGFI) food show  will be held during January 14-16, 2015, in Mumbai, Maharashtra.  The 2015 FGFI show and subsequent conference will be sponsored by the Forum of Indian Food Importers and the National Restaurant Association of India, and will be organized by the Images Group, in association with the Ministry of Food Processing.  Dependent on budget availability, USDA hopes to establish a presence with a booth at the show and provide on-site assistanc...
8th Food and Grocery Forum India 2015 - Update_New Delhi_India_9-10-2014



| 2014 Francophone West Africa Biotechnology Report | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Dakar | Senegal | 9/15/2014
Since January 2014, the Burkinabe National Biosafety Agency (NBA) has been in the process of converting the status of the organization to a technical and scientific public institution (EPSET) for greater autonomous.  Legal texts have been submitted to the parliament for adoption. The Burkinabe National Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA) would like to conduct confined field trials on Bt cowpea with two local varieties. If it is authorized by the NBA, research could start t...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Dakar_Senegal_8-1-2014



| Safeguard on dairy imports from New Zealand | Dairy and Products | Santiago | Chile | 9/12/2014
Due to significant increases of butter and cheese imports, the Chilean Government proposes to apply safeguard on dairy imports from New Zealand.
Safeguard on dairy imports from New Zealand_Santiago_Chile_6-19-2014



| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Swine | Russian Ban Mitigates Full Recovery | Livestock and Products | The Hague | EU-28 | 9/12/2014
Both EU beef and pork production are forecast to increase in 2015.  Beef production is supported by the liberalization of the dairy sector, while improved efficiency in the swine sector and an abundance of feed will reinforce pork production.  Both sectors will have to increase sales to alternative markets, as demand on the domestic market is weak and Russia, the largest third country market, has closed.  Due to the absence of strong competition on the world market, EU is expected divert the tra...
Livestock and Products Annual_The Hague_EU-28_9-9-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 9/12/2014
TH4077 – Export prices increased 1 to 4 percent due to announcement of a smaller-than-expected rice tender by the government.  The tender will open on September 12.  The government will likely limit the sales of 5 percent grade white rice.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_9-9-2014



| August Lockup Report | Oilseeds and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 9/12/2014
Post’s August forecast for MY14/15 total oilseed production is 56.8 million tons, down by 3.3 percent from an estimated 58.7 million tons in MY13/14, primarily due to lower cottonseed production.  Despite a short drop in oilseed product consumption in MY13/14, total oilseed demand continues to grow, particularly for soybeans, with total imports estimated at 69 million tons in MY13/14 and 72 million tons in MY14/15.
Oilseeds and Products Update_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_9-9-2014



| August Lockup Report | Cotton and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 9/12/2014
Post’s MY14/15 forecast for cotton production remains unchanged from the previous 6.5 million tons.  According to several leading industry sources, a change in the government’s support policy may have reduced the cotton planting area in cotton-producing provinces (except Xinjiang). However, as of this publication, the current available data is insufficient to support an adjustment to Post’s recent forecast. As of late MY13/14, government cotton purchases over the past three years have built dom...
Cotton and Products Update_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_9-9-2014



| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Swine | Annual Livestock 2014 | Livestock and Products | Brasilia | Brazil | 9/11/2014
Post forecasts 2015 production and exports of beef to increase by three and ten percent, respectively. This forecast is driven by greater availability of cattle for slaughter, stable domestic cattle prices, and the ongoing depreciation of the Brazilian currency. These factors will likely make Brazilian beef highly competitive in the world market. Pork production and exports are also forecast to increase in 2015 by fine and 21 percent, respectively. Driving forces are lower feed costs due to rec...
Livestock and Products Annual_Brasilia_Brazil_9-4-2014



| Walnuts, Inshell Basis, Almonds, Shelled Basis | Chile's Tree Nuts Annual report 2014 | Tree Nuts | Santiago | Chile | 9/11/2014
Walnut production and exports are expected to increase this year due to favorable weather conditions and new planted areas coming into production.  Almond production fell dramatically due to a heavy frost during last spring (September 2013).
Tree Nuts Annual_Santiago_Chile_9-8-2014



| Tel Aviv Tidbits -Developments in Israel’s Agriculture and Food Sect | Agriculture in the News | Tel Aviv | Israel | 9/11/2014
The following developments in Israel's Agriculture and Food Sectors are summarized in this report:   - Gaza War and its Impacts - Imports of Agricultural and Food Products into Israel are Up - 2013 Annual Survey of Organic Produce in Israel  
Tel Aviv Tidbits -Developments in Israel’s Agriculture and Food Sect_Tel Aviv_Israel_9-3-2014



| Select | Egypt Offers Meats under the New Food Subsidy Program | Livestock and Products | Cairo | Egypt | 9/11/2014
Beef production is expected down in 2015, as slaughter is lower than the revised 2014 number, reflecting the expectation that the UAE’s cattle donation will not continue into the coming year.  Increased beef imports in 2015 are expected to offset the lower domestic slaughter.  Beef consumption in 2015 is forecast to remain stable, though at higher levels than previous years.  The government has become far more involved in beef marketing as new government programs offer beef at affordable prices ...
Livestock and Products Annual_Cairo_Egypt_9-1-2014



| Biotechnology | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Caracas | Venezuela | 9/11/2014
Continued interest expressed by farmers and agricultural scientists to improve agricultural output via biotechnology has not resulted in a legal framework for either testing or commercializing biotech seeds and other products. Most biotech development projects were halted in 2006 and no change in the government’s position is expected in the short term.
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Caracas_Venezuela_7-10-2014



| Nile Nuggets for July 2014 | Agriculture in the News | Cairo | Egypt | 9/10/2014
News on developments in agriculture and food in Egypt.
Nile Nuggets for July 2014_Cairo_Egypt_7-30-2014



| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Update - 17 | Agriculture in the News, Agricultural Situation | Moscow | Russian Federation | 9/10/2014
On August 25th, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Yuryev held a regular meeting with industry unions… GOR to Provide $6.7 Billion Capital Injection from the NWF to VTB and Russian Agricultural Bank… Boris Titov, an Authorized Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Protection of rights… Federal Anti-Monopoly Service reports on two-week hotline results on increasing prices from consumers…. On September 4, Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolay Fyodorov reported at the meet...
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Update - 17_Moscow_Russian Federation_9-5-2014



| Rice, Milled | July 2014 | Grain and Feed | Hanoi | Vietnam | 9/10/2014
The report provides trade data on Vietnam's monthly rice exports by grades and destinations, and weekly quotes for export rice by grades.  
Rice Trade - Monthly_Hanoi_Vietnam_9-5-2014



| An Increase in U.S. Corn Import Share | Grain and Feed | Taipei | Taiwan | 9/10/2014
  Taiwan has imported 1,600 TMT of corn from the United States.   U.S. corn share was bouncing to 45%, compared to 13% from the same period last year, according to Taiwan Customs import data from October 2013-June 2014.  PSD Table for corn is updated accordingly.   
An Increase in U.S. Corn Import Share_Taipei_Taiwan_9-5-2014



| GVN Approves First Biotech Traits for Cultivation and Feed Food Use | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals | Hanoi | Vietnam | 9/9/2014
On August 11, 2014, following a near six month regulatory review, the Vietnam Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) signed the first four Certificates for Food and Feed Safety for four genetically modified corn traits.  Additionally, on August 27, 2014, following just over a year review; the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) issued the first Biosafety Certificate to one of the four corn traits approved by MARD on August 11.  The trait approved by MONRE will be ...
GVN Approves First Biotech Traits for Cultivation and Feed Food Use _Hanoi_Vietnam_9-5-2014



| Meat, Beef and Veal | 2014 | Livestock and Products | Buenos Aires | Paraguay | 9/9/2014
Paraguayan beef exports in 2015 are projected to be a record at 360,000 tons (carcass weight equivalent).  This is the result of increased beef output and continued strong foreign demand.  The business continues to be profitable for the different players in the sector.  Paraguay is starting to focus on the opening of the markets of the NAFTA countries and China.  Domestic consumption is forecast to grow marginally.
Livestock and Products Annual_Buenos Aires_Paraguay_9-2-2014



| Select | Report | Livestock and Products | Kiev | Ukraine | 9/9/2014
Pork production in 2015 is expected to decrease by 4 percent, influenced by the ongoing political and economic crisis and subsequent decline in consumer demand.  Similarly imports of pork will also drop by over 80 percent due to currency devaluation and consumer re-orientation to more affordable poultry meat.  All exports of pork to Russia are expected to cease completely.  Production of beef will resume with a slight decline following problems in the dairy market caused by Russia’s import ban o...
Livestock and Products Annual_Kiev_Ukraine_9-4-2014



| Citrus Semi-Annual 2014 | Citrus | Rome | Italy | 9/9/2014
Italy’s MY 2013/14 (November/October) orange production is expected to increase by 4 percent.  A shortage of big size (size ¾) is expected, as there will be more small size oranges.  Fruit quality is expected to be good, despite the unfavorable weather.  MY 2013/14 tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit productions are expected to stay flat. 
Citrus Semi-Annual 2014_Rome_Italy_9-3-2014



| Draft Customs Union Amendments to Sanitary Requirements | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Trade Policy Monitoring | Moscow | Russian Federation | 9/9/2014
The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the regulatory body of the Russia-Kazakhstan-Belarus Customs Union (CU), published a draft document amending the CU sanitary requirements.  The amendment clarifies that ascorbic acid in the section on food additives of the requirements is a substance for treatment of flour. There is a 60-day EEC public comment period, starting August 29, 2014, and ending October 28, 2014.  Interested U.S. parties are encouraged to share their comments and/or concerns wit...
Draft Customs Union Amendments to Sanitary Requirements_Moscow_Russian Federation_9-4-2014



| Oilseeds Market Update | Oilseeds and Products, Grain and Feed, Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals | Vienna | EU-28 | 9/9/2014
This report provides EU-28 production, supply, and demand forecasts for major EU oilseeds, protein meals and related products.
Oilseeds Market Update_Vienna_EU-28_8-22-2014