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| Grain and Feed October Update Mexico | Grain and Feed | Mexico City | Mexico | 10/22/2014
Due to generally favorable weather conditions throughout Mexico’s crop producing regions, production is expected to be higher in marketing year (MY) 2014/15 for most crops, including corn, sorghum and rice, while production is down slightly for wheat and dry beans.  MY2014/15 imports are forecast lower for corn, sorghum, rice and dry beans while up slightly for wheat.  Responding to demands from various grower organizations about low commodity prices and the need for more assistance at the farm ...
Grain and Feed Update_Mexico City_Mexico_10-17-2014



| Select | Sugar Semi-annual | Sugar | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 10/22/2014
The Brazilian MY 2014/15 sugarcane crop is estimated at 619 mmt, down 5 mmt from MY 2013/14, mainly due to weather related problems in the center-southern producing region.  Approximately 45 percent of the crop should be diverted to sugar, down 0.5 percentage point compared to the previous season due to better ethanol prices.  Total exports for MY 2013/14 are forecast at 24 mmt, raw value, down 1.25 percent compared to the previous estimate.   Post: ATO Sao Paulo
Sugar Semi-annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_10-17-2014



| Grapefruit, Fresh | Annual | Dairy and Products | Kiev | Ukraine | 10/22/2014
Production and exports of cheese in 2014-15 is expected to decrease significantly due to Russia’s import ban.  Processors will have no choice but to switch to butter and non-fat dried milk production and rely on export sales.  Imports of dairy products will also decrease due to significant currency devaluation.  Local whole dairy products production will remain stable – supported by domestic demand for this staple food.
Dairy and Products Annual_Kiev_Ukraine_10-17-2014



| Success for U.S. Exhibitors at HKTDC Food Expo 2014 | Export Accomplishments - Events | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 10/22/2014
Eight U.S. exhibitors reported $200,000 in sales following a successful participation in the HKTDC Food Expo held in Hong Kong during August 14-16, 2014.
Success for U.S. Exhibitors at HKTDC Food Expo 2014_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_10-9-2014



| Report Update – Exporting to Colombia – Registering and Verifying Ex | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative, Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products, Trade Policy Monitoring | Bogota | Colombia | 10/21/2014
This report is an update of the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative report with special attention to U.S. exporters of meat and poultry products on the procedures for registering U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) federally inspected establishments with the Government of Colombia (GOC).  New informational requirements for exporting establishments include:  GPS coordinates, product Harmonized Standard (HS) codes, and the mode of preservation.      
Report Update – Exporting to Colombia – Registering and Verifying Ex_Bogota_Colombia_10-16-2014



| Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Cheese, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder, Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry, Select | Mexican Dairy and Products Production and Consumption Grow, Imports Still Large But Mostly Flat | Dairy and Products | Mexico City | Mexico | 10/21/2014
The Mexican dairy sector will again increase production in 2015.  Milk, cheese, and most dairy products consumption continue to rise.  In 2014, Liconsa, Mexico’s producer/consumer support intensified its program to source more product domestically, cutting expectations for dry whole milk powder consumption and imports.  Market opportunities open in Mexico for U.S. exporters as traditional suppliers shift focus to other destinations.   Give Us Your Feedback on this Report
Dairy and Products Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_10-16-2014



| Pistachios, Inshell Basis, Almonds, Shelled Basis, Walnuts, Inshell Basis | 2014 Turkey Tree Nuts Annual | Tree Nuts | Ankara | Turkey | 10/21/2014
Turkey experienced adverse weather in 2014 that resulted in lower tree nut production.  Marketing year 2014 is an “on year” in the biennial cycle for pistachios and producers and traders were expecting production of 120,000 metric tons (MT).  However, frost in March/April, and a significant drought hurt production and Post forecasts pistachio production at 85,000 MT in marketing year MY 2014, up from 50,000 last year.  Both almond and walnut production were also affected by the bad weather cond...
Tree Nuts Annual_Ankara_Turkey_10-16-2014



| Legumes Sector Update | Product Brief | Sofia | Bulgaria | 10/21/2014
Market demand, consumption and trade in legumes in Bulgaria are increasing.  The market is diversifying and demand for higher quality product grows.  This opens good opportunities for U.S. exporters to explore the local market where the prospects for growth and development in the near future remain very good.   
Legumes Sector Update_Sofia_Bulgaria_10-16-2014



| Sugar Cane for Centrifugal, Sugar, Centrifugal | Semi-Annual Situation and Outlook | Sugar | Manila | Philippines | 10/21/2014
Though a minor player in the international sugar market due to its high production costs, the Philippines is the 8th largest sugarcane producer and the third largest U.S. sugar tariff rate quota (TRQ) recipient.  Despite a slight drop in area harvested, Market Year (MY) 2013/14 (December/November) raw sugar production is expected to reach 2.45 MMT (up 2.7 percent over MY 2012/13) mainly due to favorable weather conditions, improved farm yields and higher sugar recovery from cane.  Total raw suga...
Sugar Semi-annual_Manila_Philippines_10-16-2014



| 2014 Pork and Poultry TRQ for Belarus Doubled | Trade Policy Monitoring, Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products | Moscow | Belarus | 10/21/2014
On October 14, 2014, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) published amendments to the list of commodities subject to tariff rate quota (TRQ) regulations in 2014 and the volumes of the tariff-rate quotas for imports of these goods into the Customs Union territory (i.e., Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus).  In particular, the Decision doubled the pork and boneless poultry TRQ volumes for Belarus in 2014, to 40MT and 20MT, respectively. The EEC Decision shall enter into force 10 days from the date ...
2014 Pork and Poultry TRQ for Belarus Doubled_Moscow_Belarus_10-15-2014



| Select | New Zealand Annual Dairy and Milk Supply Report | Dairy and Products | Wellington | New Zealand | 10/21/2014
Milk production continues to climb (22.1 million metric tons in 2015, 1.75% up on 2014) in the face of severe price drops both at international trade level and at the farm gate.
Dairy and Products Annual_Wellington_New Zealand_10-16-2014



| Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry | 2014 | Dairy and Products | New Delhi | India | 10/20/2014
Calendar year (CY) (January-December) 2015 fluid milk production is projected to increase to 147 million metric tons (MMT) assuming a normal monsoon and continued private and public sector efforts to improve farm management and production through extension services. CY 2015 fluid milk consumption is forecast to increase to 59.75 MMT on population growth and rising incomes, which likely will pressure the formal dairy sector to expand. 
Dairy and Products Annual_New Delhi_India_10-15-2014



| Select | Indonesia Dairy and Products Annual Report 2014 | Dairy and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 10/20/2014
Indonesian imports of nonfat dry milk slowed in 2013 due to tight international supplies.  This is expected to continue in 2014, although Post expects a rebound in 2015, dependent on international prices. Post estimates CY 2014 Indonesian whole milk powder imports to decrease to 48,000 MT compared to 50,000 MT in CY 2013, based on the same conditions. Indonesian WMP imports are also expected to rebound in CY 2015 to 50,000 MT. Despite bumps, Indonesian per capita milk consumption is expected to ...
Dairy and Products Annual_Jakarta_Indonesia_10-15-2014



| Select | China's Raisin Production to Increase to 180,000 MT in MY2014/15 | Raisins | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 10/20/2014
The Office of Agricultural Affairs forecasts that China’s MY2014/15 raisin production will increase by 9 percent to 180,000 tons.  This increase is largely attributed to the surge of available grapes as a result of economic disruptions caused by incidents of social unrest in Xinjiang.  In the first three quarters of MY2013/14, the United States remained the largest raisin supplier to China. In MY2013/14, the United Kingdom replaced Japan as the largest buyer of Chinese raisins due to a decline i...
Raisin Annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_10-10-2014



| Russian Far East Ag Policy and Situation Update | Agriculture in the News, Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy | Vladivostok | Russian Federation | 10/20/2014
Government to Approve Draft of Federal Law on Territories of Priority Development in Russian Far East… Russia to Resume Rice Imports from China... China to Supply Russia with Vegetables and Fruits… Khabarovsk to Import Pork from China… Meat Importers in the Russian Far East to Join Forces and Oppose Food Ban… Primorye Did Not Get Low-Cost Chinese Meat… New Zealand Businesses to Create Milk Production Facility in Primorye… FESCO to Launch a New Regular Train Service from Vladivostok to Tashkent…...
Russian Far East Ag Policy and Situation Update_Vladivostok_Russian Federation_10-15-2014



| Japanese Fresh-Cut Vegetable Market--Recent Changes and Implications | Market Development Reports | Osaka ATO | Japan | 10/17/2014
This report, covering Japan’s fresh-cut vegetable market, examines the implications of sweeping changes taking place in the Japanese fresh produce market and analyzes opportunities and challenges for U.S. agricultural products.
Japanese Fresh-Cut Vegetable Market--Recent Changes and Implications_Osaka ATO_Japan_10-8-2014



| Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder, Dairy, Cheese, Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry | Annual Dairy Report | Dairy and Products | Brasilia | Brazil | 10/17/2014
Post forecasts fluid milk production to increase by 3 percent in 2014, supported by a relatively strong domestic demand. Post has revised production and export estimates for dairy products for 2014 and forecasts for 2015 to reflect new estimates made by trade sources and official data. These estimates call for more consumption and increase in production of dairy products.
Dairy and Products Annual_Brasilia_Brazil_10-14-2014



| Potato Products, Frozen | 2014 | Potatoes and Potato Products | Ottawa | Canada | 10/17/2014
Post forecasts a reduction in fresh potato production, a modest increase in exports and mild decline in imports based on a weaker Canadian dollar. The frozen french fry sector will continue to remain stable. Planted areas declined once again this year as a result of further reduction in the demand for processing potatoes, and a stable demand for table potatoes. Yields are expected to be good across the country, despite late planting due to wet weather in most of the regions.
Potatoes and Potato Products Annual_Ottawa_Canada_10-10-2014



| Animal Feed Situation 2014 | Grain and Feed | Nairobi | Kenya | 10/17/2014
The use of manufactured animal feeds and feed supplements in Kenya has increased steadily over the last ten years.  Data by Kenya’s State Department of Livestock estimates that demand for feeds and supplements is about 650,000 tons up from 300,000 tons in 2008. Registered feed manufacturers account for about 60 percent of the demand; while the unregistered small scale manufacturers, home/community-based formulators, and importers account for the balance. Some of the challenges facing the animal ...
Animal Feed Situation 2014_Nairobi_Kenya_10-14-2014



| Changes in Kenya's Agricultural Sector - Update | Agriculture in the Economy | Nairobi | Kenya | 10/17/2014
The Government of Kenya (GOK) has undertaken key changes affecting the regulatory and research functions in a major agricultural sector reform milestone authorized by law. The changes involved the dissolution of eight former regulatory agencies, the creation of a new overarching regulatory agency, the Agriculture Fisheries and Food Authority (AFFA) and the merger of four research institutions to form the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). This is an update of the FAS...
Changes in Kenya's Agricultural Sector - Update_Nairobi_Kenya_10-14-2014



| Sugar, Centrifugal, Sugar Cane for Centrifugal | 2014 | Sugar | New Delhi | India | 10/17/2014
Post forecast centrifugal sugar production for marketing year (MY) 2014/15 at 27.3 MMT (raw value), a decrease of 640,000 metric tons (MT).  This revision reflects less-than-anticipated sugarcane acreage in Uttar Pradesh and adjoining states.  Tighter sugar supplies will boost opportunities for imports in MY 2014/15, which are now forecast at 1.0 MMT (mostly raw).  Sugar exports for MY 2013/14 are revised from 1.8 MMT to 2.7 MMT as per the most recent trade estimates.  
Sugar Semi-annual_New Delhi_India_10-14-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 10/17/2014
TH4092 – Export prices remained unchanged from the previous week.  The government is likely to issue a new public tender next week.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_10-14-2014



| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal, Meat, Swine | 2014 | Livestock and Products | Canberra | Australia | 10/16/2014
Drought in major cattle regions in Australia has significantly increased slaughter and production as producers bring forward turnoff, depressing domestic prices but boosting exports. In 2014, total slaughter will exceed 9.6 million and production is expected to be over 2.5 million tonnes. Live cattle exports are expected to reach 1.4 million in 2014 before declining the following year. In 2015, the diminished herd size is likely to impose supply constraints on exports, including to the United St...
Livestock and Products Annual_Canberra_Australia_10-10-2014