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U.S. Grain Exports To Southeast Asia Continue to Grow

by Christopher Feddersen
Headlines around the world have been captured by the partial government shutdown in the United States and the threat of a debt default. However, below the surface of the stormy waters, the quiet work of building economic ties between it and Southeast Asia continues.

ASEAN is a Growing Market for US Pork Exports

by Alex Forster
New trade data published last week by the US Department of Agriculture indicates that US pork exports are on the rise in the ASEAN region. This is particularly good news, as exports to Japan, China and South Korea are currently on the decline.

Virginia Increasingly Looks to China as an Export Market

by Christopher Feddersen
Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia has been proactively looking to China as an export market for Virginia’s agricultural products, a subject that we have previously highlighted.
On May 16th, Ron Kirk, the US Trade Representative, and Bark Tae-ho, the Korean Minister for Trade, led the first KORUS FTA Joint Committee meeting, which oversees the ongoing implementation of the FTA.
Exactly 100 years ago on March 27, 1912 in a small private ceremony, First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Japanese Cherry Blossom, or Sakura, trees, in a secluded corner of Washington, DC. Despite its lack of fanfare public fanfare,...

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