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China pork demand could lead to record corn imports

Country could become self-sufficient or a significant importer in either market, according to Rabobank
If current trends in China's pork production and industrialization continue, the country's corn imports could approach 20 million metric tons per year within a five-year time frame, according to a report released by Rabobank's Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory Group. China has recently been importing over 0.4 million metric tons of pork per year, in a world market with trade of less than 7 million metric tons per year. 
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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack defends ethanol policy at World Dairy Expo

Discusses importance of passing farm bill, misperceptions of ethanol production
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stressed the need for congressional action on the farm bill and defended the nation's ethanol policy at a forum held at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., on October 2. Vilsack was critical of the House of Representatives for not passing the farm bill in August, saying that the votes were available to pass it, but House leadership chose not to bring it to a vote prior to the election. 
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US pork supply reaches record on high feed costs

Output in first eight months up 3 percent over 2011
U.S. pork inventories rose 31 percent at the end of August, to a record 580.8 million pounds, as farmers culled their herds due to high feed costs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The number is up significantly from the 442.9 million pounds stored at the same time in 2011, and up 5.7 percent from the end of July.
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Pig costs up, prices down as US drought impacts producers

Farmers face challenges as they sell at a loss
U.S. hog producers are seeing increased feed costs and decreased pork prices, a combination resulting in some farmers selling their stock at a loss. Corn on the futures market is at nearly $8 per bushel through summer 2013, roughly a 50-percent increase over prices before the drought that has hit the U.S. all season. 
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FDA approves request to mix aflatoxin-infected corn, animal feed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a request from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to blend corn containing more than 20 parts per billion of aflatoxin with corn that has lower levels or no aflatoxin, according to reports. While corn with more than 20 parts per billion of aflatoxin can't be used for human consumption or as feed for dairy animals, blended corn is safe, said the agriculture department. 
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Heavy metal contamination in pork offal focus of Thailand event

Animine presents at Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries
The theme of “sharing toxicological knowledge for healthy life and environment” was key at the 8th Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries, held in Bangkok, Thailand, where attendees focused on the risks of heavy metal contamination in pork offal during a presentation given by Animine in association with Mahidol University (Thailand) and the French Institute for the Pig and Pork Industry.
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2013 International Production & Processing Expo surpasses 400,000 net square feet

Show registers largest number of exhibitors in a decade
The 2013 International Production & Processing Expo has surpassed 400,000 net square feet in exhibit space, covering over 20 acres of exhibit area, according to show organizers. Comprised of three integrated tradeshows — the International Poultry Expo, the International Feed Expo and the American Meat Institute's International Meat Expo — more than 970 exhibitors have registered for the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo as of the beginning of September. 
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India gets cattle feed processing plant in state of Gujarat

Cattle rearing sector neglected in India, says ministry official
A cattle feed processing plant and an institute for dairy technology have been inaugurated at Mahesana's Dudhsagar dairy in the Indian state of Gujarat, according to reports. The factory is the biggest in the country and will process 1 million kilograms of cattle feed per day. 
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Lallemand, Bionov partner on swine animal feed project

Research aims to reduce antibiotics in pigs, other animals
An animal feed project aimed at reducing antibiotic use in swine, as well as poultry and aquatic species, is being spearheaded by Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Bionov and has won the support of the French government, which is providing the companies with a grant of €2.9 million to assist with further development. The collaborative project, Melofeed, focuses on the development and marketing of animal feed ingredients extracted from melons and was officially unveiled at SPACE 2012 on September 12. 
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International Poultry Expo marks 65 years of industry service

Expansion leads to integrated International Production & Processing Expo
The International Poultry Expo is celebrating 65 years of tradeshow service to the poultry and egg industry. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the first “poultry convention” was attended by 200 poultry men in Atlanta in 1948. 
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