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| Barley, Corn, Rice, Milled, Sorghum, Wheat | 2017 Grain and Feed Semi-Annual | Grain and Feed | Tokyo | Japan | 10/19/2017
Given competitive prices for imported feed grains (particularly for corn) and DDGS, Japanese demand is expected to remain strong in 2017/18, with corn imports again forecast to total 15.2 million MT.  Favorable weather, resulting in improved Japanese wheat production, is expected to lead to a small reduction in imports (100,000 MT).  Japanese rice production is estimated to decrease 2.3 percent in 2017/18 as a result of reduced planting area and poor weather in certain parts of the country.  Wit...
Grain and Feed Update_Tokyo_Japan_10-13-2017



| Wheat, Barley, Sorghum, Rice, Milled | October 2017 | Grain and Feed | Canberra | Australia | 10/19/2017
Post has further lowered its estimate for Australian wheat production to 20 million MT for 2017/18, due to continuing adverse seasonal conditions across most cropping areas. This forecast harvest is over 40 percent below the record harvest of 35 million MT in 2016/17. Barley production is forecast by Post at 8 million MT, the same as the official estimate, as rainfall has been sufficient in cropping areas in southeastern Australia. Post expects sorghum production to recover to 1.9 million MT in ...
Grain and Feed Update_Canberra_Australia_10-17-2017



| 2017 West Africa Update | Cotton and Products | Dakar | Senegal | 10/19/2017
For MY 2017/18, total area and production levels for West Africa are estimated to increase 2.75 percent to 2.95 million 480 lb. bales assuming good weather and strong farm gate prices. For MY 2017/18, cotton area and production levels in Burkina Faso are projected to increase 8 and 10 percent to 755,000 HA and 1.42 million 480 lb. bales on expectations of higher prices and good weather. Exports from the West African region are expected to grow 17 percent to 2.88 million 480 lb. bales on expectat...
Cotton and Products Update_Dakar_Senegal_9-5-2017



| Select | Livestock And Genetics Still A Hopeful Market For U.S. Exports | Dairy and Products | Algiers | Algeria | 10/19/2017
The development of the dairy sector remains a priority for the Government of Algeria. While cheese is on the list of agricultural products subject to the import licensing regime, milk powder remains unaffected.
Dairy and Products Annual_Algiers_Algeria_10-16-2017



| Turkey Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Ankara | Turkey | 10/19/2017
All of Turkey’s wheat harvest has been completed and Marketing Year (MY) 2017/18 total wheat area and production are estimated at 7.8 million hectares and 19.5 million metric tons (MMT).  Post revised barley production forecast down to 6.4 MMT. Due to Turkish government’s reduction on the import tariff on barley, Turkey imported about 100,000 MT of barley in July 2017. MY 2017/18 total rice area and production are estimated at 99,000 hectares and  776,000 metric ton. 
Grain and Feed Update_Ankara_Turkey_10-13-2017



| Tree Nuts Annual | Tree Nuts | Bucharest | Romania | 10/19/2017
Post forecasts that Romania’s walnut harvest in 2017 will decline by 3.2 percent from 2016 to 33,000 metric tons (MT), mostly due to unfavorable weather conditions.  U.S. tree nut exports to Romania reached $8.3 million in 2016, with almonds accounting for 75 percent of U.S. tree-nuts exports.  Tree-nut consumption growth in Romania is supported by changing consumer trends, including a growing interest in healthful food products and habits.   Note: Further information about the U.S. exports to ...
Tree Nuts Annual _Bucharest_Romania_10-16-2017



| Wheat, Rice, Milled | Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Islamabad | Pakistan | 10/19/2017
Based on the latest official estimate, Pakistan’s 2017 wheat production was 25.7 million metric tons, the second largest harvest on record.  Despite successive near record harvests, Pakistan is isolated from the international wheat market because its high domestic wheat prices – a result of its high government procurement prices.  Expectations that rice prices would moderate following Ramadan have not materialized and domestic rice prices remain high relative to competing suppliers.  As a resul...
Grain and Feed Update_Islamabad_Pakistan_10-3-2017



| Sugar, Centrifugal | Sugar Semi-annual 2017 | Sugar | Islamabad | Pakistan | 10/19/2017
Sugar production is forecast at a record 6.5 million metric tons for 2017/18, up six percent from the initial forecast of 6.0 million tons due to an increase in area, better cane yields, and improved sugar recovery rates.  Record production is expected in the face of record stocks and is likely to present a challenge for the industry if it is unable to export its high-priced sugar stocks.  While the government did not announce an export subsidy during 2016/17, exporters still managed to find a ...
Sugar Semi-annual_Islamabad_Pakistan_10-4-2017



| Shenyang Loading Up on U.S. Lumber | Wood Products | Shenyang ATO | China - Peoples Republic of | 10/19/2017
U.S. hardwood lumber is moving into Northeast China.
Shenyang Loading Up on U.S. Lumber_Shenyang ATO_China - Peoples Republic of_10-16-2017



| Southwest Monsoon Closes Out - Lower Rainfall Shapes Yields | Agricultural Situation, Climate Change/Global Warming/Food Security, Grain and Feed, Oilseeds and Products, Cotton and Products | New Delhi | India | 10/19/2017
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cumulative rainfall for the Southwest Monsoon 2017 (June to September) was five percent lower than the fifty-year average and two percent lower than last year’s monsoon. The first GOI advance production estimates for 2017 indicate lower production for major Kharif crops as moisture availability likely influenced optimal crop yields.
Southwest Monsoon Closes Out - Lower Rainfall Shapes Yields_New Delhi_India_10-16-2017



| Select | New Zealand Annual Dairy and Milk Supply Report 2017 | Dairy and Products | Wellington | New Zealand | 10/18/2017
Wet and cold Spring weather has thwarted the anticipated 3% rebound in 2017 milk production.  Now New Zealand 2017 milk supply is forecast to reach 21.5 million metric tons, a modest 1.3% increase over 2016.  An even more modest increase of 0.5% in 2018 should mean milk supply reaches 21.6 million metric tons.  Exports for 2017 will come off the boil just, to record a 0.7% reduction to 3.26 million metric tons then resume an upward trend in 2018 to be forecast at a total of 3.32 million metric t...
Dairy and Products Annual_Wellington_New Zealand_10-16-2017



| Mexico Announces Maximum Sugar Export Quota to the United States | Sugar, Trade Policy Monitoring | Mexico | Mexico | 10/18/2017
On October 13, 2017, the Secretariat of Economy (SE) published in the Diario Oficial (Official Gazette) two announcements containing the maximum quota allotment of sugar to be exported to the United States for the 2017/18 sugar cycle, based on U.S. sugar needs.
Mexico Announces Maximum Sugar Export Quota to the United States_Mexico_Mexico_10-13-2017



| Corn, Rice, Milled, Wheat | Brazilian Corn Exports More than Double Based on Competitive Prices | Grain and Feed | Brasilia | Brazil | 10/18/2017
2016/2017 corn production is estimated at a record 97.7 million metric tons (mmt), a 46-percent increase from the previous year, based on expanded area and improved yields. Brazil’s record corn production is expected to lead to record exports, estimated at 35 mmt in 2016/2017, more than double last year’s export volume. 2016/2017 milled rice production is estimated at 8.4 mmt, up 16.5 percent from the previous year on higher yields. 2017/2018 wheat production is estimated at 5.15 mmt, down 23 pe...
Grain and Feed Update_Brasilia_Brazil_10-13-2017



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry | The U.S. Continues to be the Top Supplier of Dairy Products to Chile | Dairy and Products | Santiago | Chile | 10/18/2017
The U.S. increased its dairy exports to Chile by 28% in value and 31% in volume in Jan -Aug 2017 over the same period in 2016.  Top dairy exports to Chile are cheese and non-fat dry milk.  Chilean imports of non-fat dry milk from the world have increased by 20% in MY2017 over MY2016 (Jan-Aug) reaching 9,972 MT.  The United States continues to be the main supplier of non-fat dry milk.
Dairy and Products Annual_Santiago_Chile_10-12-2017



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Cheese, Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder | EU-28 2017 Annual Dairy and Products Report | Dairy and Products | Warsaw | EU-28 | 10/18/2017
European Union (EU) milk deliveries in 2017 are expected to remain consistent with 2016 levels.  Post forecasts that cow inventories will stabilize in 2017.  Milk reductions resulting from unfavorable weather conditions during the first half of 2017 will be offset by higher output during the second half of the year.  In 2017, cheese production is expected to increase due to strong global and domestic demand.   Butter and non-fat dried milk (NFDM) production is expected to decrease due to the lim...
Dairy and Products Annual_Warsaw_EU-28_10-13-2017



| Select | Record Year for Brazil's Sugar Exports | Sugar | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 10/18/2017
Brazil’s MY 2017/18 sugarcane crush remains unchanged at 645 mmt. Approximately 48.3 percent of the crop is expected to be diverted to sugar, as a consequence of the continued worldwide sugar deficit.  Total exports for MY 2017/18 are estimated at 29.6 mmt, raw value, the highest export volumes ever reached by Brazil. This, despite action by China to limit sugar imports from Brazil and other countries.  Brazil’s export volume to China dropped significantly from 1.23 mmt in April-September 2016...
Sugar Semi-annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_10-10-2017



| Ethiopia Looking to Buy Foreign Wheat | Grain and Feed | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 10/18/2017
Ethiopia recently announced a tender for 400,000 metric tons of milling wheat to be used for humanitarian assistance purposes in the country.  Bids are due by October 24.  Based on past experience, Post expects most of this wheat will be sourced from the Black Sea region.    Delivery is expected by February 2018.
Ethiopia Looking to Buy Foreign Wheat _Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_10-13-2017



| Select | Report | Dairy and Products | Kiev | Ukraine | 10/18/2017
Fluid milk production continued to decline in 2017 following the long-term trend for animal number reduction. This trend will continue in 2018 at a somewhat slower rate. Despite smaller total milk yield, Ukraine significantly increased exports of butter and NFDM at the expense of diverting raw milk supplies to butter and decreased domestic consumption.  These exports are not expected to continue in 2018.  In 2017, Ukraine is expected to become a net importer of hard cheese for the first time in ...
Dairy and Products Annual_Kiev_Ukraine_10-13-2017



| Ukraine to remain an active exporter of wheat, barley and corn in MY2017/18 | Grain and Feed | Kiev | Ukraine | 10/18/2017
This report contains revised estimates for MY2016/17 as well as forecasts for MY2017/18.   Ukraine has completed harvest of wheat, barley and rye.  Corn harvest is still in progress with 20 percent of the crop harvested at time of this report’s publication.   Available production numbers for MY2017/18, as well as actual export volumes for MY2016/17, indicate that Ukraine will remain an active exporter in the Black Sea region for wheat, barley and corn.  Rye remains a marginal crop mainly utili...
Grain and Feed Update_Kiev_Ukraine_10-12-2017



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry, Dairy, Cheese | 2017 Market Situation Summary and 2018 Outlook | Dairy and Products | Tokyo | Japan | 10/18/2017
Japanese fluid milk production is forecast to decrease in 2017 as the milk-producing Hokkaido region continues to recover from last year’s typhoons while output in the rest of Japan falls on continued dairy herd contraction.  Tight fluid milk output is expected to limit production of nonfat dry milk, butter, and natural cheese.  Record-high imports of nonfat dry milk are projected in 2017 following the Government of Japan’s tender announcements in January and May to meet demand and bolster buffe...
Dairy and Products Annual_Tokyo_Japan_10-13-2017



| Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry | 2017 | Dairy and Products | New Delhi | India | 10/18/2017
India’s fluid milk production in Calendar Year (CY) 2018 is forecast to increase by around four percent to 167 million metric tons (MMT) assuming a normal monsoon. CY 2018 NFDM and butter exports are projected at 15,000 and 10,000 metric tons respectively on expectations of moderate export demand. India’s domestic production continues to fall short of increasing demand which is not able to be met with imports due to veterinary health certificate requirements that restrict trade.     
Dairy and Products Annual_New Delhi_India_10-13-2017



| Sugar, Centrifugal, Sugar Beets, Sugar Cane for Centrifugal | China’s Sugar Production Continues to Rebound | Sugar | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 10/18/2017
China’s sugar production in marketing year (MY) 2017/18 is forecast to increase for the second consecutive year, with expanded acreage for both sugar cane and sugar beets.  This increased domestic production, coupled with the safeguard measure on sugar imports, is expected to result in Chinese sugar imports continuing to fall in MY 2017/18.  Although industry contacts expect global prices to weaken due to robust world supplies, restrictions on imports and high domestic production costs are expec...
Sugar Semi-annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_10-13-2017



| Wheat, Corn, Rice, Milled | September 2017 | Grain and Feed | Hanoi | Vietnam | 10/18/2017
In calendar year 2017, Post estimates the total feed demand down about 15 percent compared to CY 2016. In CY 2018, feed demand is up about 2 percent up compared to CY 2017. The marketing year (MY) 2016/2017 total wheat consumption is estimated to show a sharp increase compared to MY 2015/2016 due to the increase demand for both feed and wheat based food products. The sharp increase of feed wheat is due to its price competitiveness over corn. However, in MY 2017/2018, wheat import is expected to ...
Grain and Feed Update Quarterly_Hanoi_Vietnam_10-12-2017



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder, Dairy, Cheese | Situation and Outlook | Dairy and Products | Manila | Philippines | 10/18/2017
The Philippines imports virtually all of its dairy products, especially milk powder, as domestic production cannot meet the country’s dairy requirement of 2.0 million metric tons (MMT) liquid milk equivalent (LME), according to the National Dairy Authority (NDA).  Total imports in 2017 are forecast to drop slightly to 2.5 MMT from a high of 2.77 MMT in 2016 as a result of rising dairy prices.  Major suppliers are New Zealand (39 percent), the United States (24 percent), and Australia (6 percent...
Dairy and Products Annual_Manila_Philippines_10-3-2017



| Annual 2017 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | The Hague | Netherlands | 10/17/2017
This report assesses the agricultural biotechnology sector in the Netherlands, and covers related production, trade and policies.  It includes topics related to genetic engineering and innovative plant and animal biotechnologies.  The main new development is the Dutch proposal to regulate plants derived from innovative biotechnology and the decision to sign the EU Soya Declaration.
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_The Hague_Netherlands_10-6-2017



| Select | Iraqi Wheat Production Down; Weather, Conflict, and Procurement Drop to Blame | Grain and Feed | Baghdad | Iraq | 10/17/2017
Iraq’s 2017/18 wheat production declined on unfavorable weather conditions, lower wheat procurement prices, and the ongoing conflict.  Because of quality issues, more wheat will be used for feed.  Increased wheat and corn feeding are expected to offset the reduced availability of barley, given lower production.  Higher forecast for wheat and rice imports may signal that Iraq will import these grains on a more regular basis this marketing year.  However, the bulk of Iraq’s wheat imports will cont...
Grain and Feed Annual_Baghdad_Iraq_10-10-2017



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder, Dairy, Butter | U.S. Milk Exports to Taiwan on Track to Reach New Record | Dairy and Products | Taipei | Taiwan | 10/17/2017
U.S. fresh milk exports to Taiwan are on track to reach a new record in 2017.  Exports for the first eight months of 2017 reached 19,015 tons, up 34 percent from the same period last year.  Milk consumption, production, and total imports are expected to remain relatively stable in 2017 and 2018.  High out-of-quota tariffs and Taiwan’s special safeguard mechanism (SSG) limit total imports and protect Taiwan’s domestic dairy industry.   
Dairy and Products Annual_Taipei_Taiwan_10-12-2017



| GOI Notifies Vertical Standards for Fish and Fish Products | Fishery Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 10/17/2017
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published official gazette notification for Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Eleventh Amendment Regulations 2017, which relate to vertical standards of fish and fish products.
GOI Notifies Vertical Standards for Fish and Fish Products_New Delhi_India_10-12-2017



| Prospects for US Ingredients in Burgeoning Philippine Food Processing Industry | Food Processing Ingredients Sector | Manila | Philippines | 10/16/2017
The Philippines’ rapidly expanding production of processed foods and beverages presents robust opportunities for U.S. exporters of agricultural raw materials and high-value ingredients.  In 2016, the industry’s gross value-added output increased 10 percent over the previous year to $28.9 billion.  Roughly 90 percent of the industry’s output is consumed domestically; as quality and efficiency continue to improve, the Philippines will be in a position to exploit export opportunities in the region...
FOOD PROCESSING SECTOR_Manila_Philippines_10-11-2017



| Flood Damage May Lead to Delays in Oilseeds Sowings, Full Extent of Damage Still Under Evaluation | Oilseeds and Products | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 10/16/2017
Heavy rains during August and September have caused noteworthy damage across Argentina’s main crop areas (specifically in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, and Cordoba).  Local reports estimate 5-10 million hectares could be underwater or damaged due to these rains.  While excess rain has affected the winter crop, current conditions indicate that they should not affect soybean, peanut, and sunflower planted area (although planting may be delayed).  As such, Post has not modified planting ...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Buenos Aires_Argentina_10-10-2017



| Tree Nuts Annual | Tree Nuts | Sofia | Bulgaria | 10/16/2017
Bulgaria is a growing market for tree nuts.  Prospects for growth of almond, walnut, and pecan exports are driven by the deep modern retail footprint, rising incomes, and consumer trends and preferences, the expanding food processing industry, and tourism.  Post expects Bulgarian tree nut imports and consumption will grow in marketing year (MY) 2017/18 following a drop in MY 2016/17.  2017 retail tree nut sales data (to date) shows a 3.2 percent increase over last year.  Post expects this level...
Tree Nuts Annual_Sofia_Bulgaria_10-10-2017



| The Budding Blueberry Industry in South Africa | Fresh Fruit, Retail Foods | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 10/16/2017
This is Post`s first report on the South African blueberry industry. The blueberry industry is small relative to other domestic fruit industries such as citrus, apples, pears and table grapes. However, the industry is growing rapidly due to domestic and international investments in the sector. The South African blueberry sector is export oriented, with at least seventy percent of the production being exported. Opportunities for the United States may include investments in blueberry production an...
The Budding Blueberry Industry in South Africa_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_10-5-2017