Pork production in the Ukraine may be reduced due to multiple outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in commercial hog herds, a USDA attache report said this week.
PEDV, which recently hurt U.S. pork production, could spread from Ukraine to neighboring countries, such as Poland which has a big hog population, and cause a "major production decrease in 2015," the report said.
Reports say the spread of the disease accelerated in the Ukraine in November and December of this year.
Egypt to Keep Buying Russian Wheat - Reuters
Egypt's state grain buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities said it will continue include Russian wheat in its regular purchase tenders, according to a Reuters report.
Russian sources this week said Russia will restrict wheat exports to certain countries. GASC said Egypt was not one of those countries.
Egypt is the world's largest importer of wheat and GASC said Russia's decision to limit wheat would not affect GASC's purchases. Turkey and Egypt are the largest buyers of Russian wheat.
Fewer McDonald's French Fries in Japan – Newspaper
A shortage of potatoes from the United States has prompted McDonald's in Japan to limit servings of its French fries to the smallest of its three sizes, the New York Times said on Thursday.
The company said labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast slowed shipments of potatoes needed to make the fries.
Japan is the second largest market for McDonald's after the United States.
Putin Confident Russian Economy Will Recover – Reuters
In a three-hour news conference this week Russian President Vladimir Putin assured Russians that the country's economy will improve and that the country must diversify to lessen its dependence on oil exports, according to a Reuters report.
Low oil prices have hurt that economy, putting the rouble on a downward path, down 45% against the dollar this year, the report said. Putin said if the economy does not improve Russia will have to cut some spending.