2014 in Review

Global Awareness, Global Connections.

The U.S. Grains Council tailors its efforts to each region, each nation and each situation to help develop export markets for U.S. coarse grains and related co-products. It's this global awareness and the Council's global connections that make export growth happen and that inspired our theme for this year, Global Awareness, Global Connections
From the soaring sales of U.S. sorghum to China to launching the Tanzanian Food For Progress program to trade policy talks to Export Exchange 2014, the Council's engagement has:

• promoted food security and economic growth;
• grown the value of trade;
• nurtured reliable trade policies; and
• added valuable expertise.

The Council welcomes you to explore its 2014 Year In Review materials available on this site, including our market profiles, highlights on our work in more than 20 countries and video updates on our key successes. Please also download the poster-sized version of our report and keep it handy for reference in the coming year.
We sincerely appreciate the support of our members and the coarse grains industry and look forward to more successes in the coming year!

Member Letter

2014 Financials (PDF)

To U.S. Grains Council members:

Since its founding 54 years ago, the U.S. Grains Council has recognized that each region and each nation where we work has a unique set of circumstances in which our expertise can help solve problems and improve lives. This global awareness and the development of individually-tailored demand-building initiatives has helped the Council build an incredible network of global connections.

Utilizing those connections during the challenging years for trade servicing, confidence building and promoting pro-trade policies helped lay the groundwork for turning back-to-back record harvests and more competitive pricing into record U.S. ag exports in 2014.

The efforts of our staff, consultants and member-leaders in 2014 highlight so much of what is good about the Council’s work, and so much of why we’ve been successful in becoming a trusted bridge between international customers and U.S. farmers and agribusinesses.

Export Exchange 2014 – a hallmark Council program, put on in partnership with the Renewable Fuels Association – brought together buyers from around the world to build relationships with U.S. exporters and see first-hand the quality of the record U.S. crop.

We began a new Food for Progress program in Tanzania, aiming to provide a quality protein source for the growing middle class in the region.

We were thrilled to see our work bear fruit when Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare approved a ready-to-eat barley-rice product, and China imported more than 6.4 million metric tons of U.S. sorghum in 2014.

The Council also worked with partners to begin assessing how best to promote U.S. ethanol in the global marketplace, and we helped the industry manage the short-term impact of biotech-related market disruptions while continuing to push for a long-term solution on asynchronous approvals and trade-enabling policies on the low-level presence of biotech events.

These are exciting and important projects that are made possible by our vibrant, active membership base, volunteer leaders from all sectors of agriculture and our dedicated global staff. We thank you and hope you are able to learn from, engage with and even – for the first time – display this annual report.

Ron Gray

Thomas Sleight
President & CEO


2014 Market Profiles

Compiled here are market snapshots of 21 countries in which the U.S. Grains Council works. In most cases, these profiles contain supply/demand information and market growth potential, as well as articles relating to highlights of our work in that country.

A complete dataset for all of the countries and regions is available for download by clicking here (.xlsx format).

2014 Yearly Highlights

Growing the Value of Trade

The United States offers the highest quality and most consistent market for corn, sorghum, barley and dried distiller's grains with solubles (DDGS) in the world. Yet American agriculture offers its international customers much more. With consistent outreach from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), global buyers enjoy access to world-class agricultural research, the latest in production technology, trade policy expertise and timely insight into future supply opportunities.

These efforts by... Read Story

Promoting Food Security & Economic Growth

Certainly U.S. grain and related products help provide high-quality food to people around the world – but they also stimulate economic growth among our trading partners. Through the work of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), trading partners recognize they can utilize reliable U.S. grain supplies to advance food security through trade while focusing other resources to grow their economies.

A tremendous example of this is the Council’s new program in Tanzania, which is funded by a Food for... Read Story

Nurturing Reliable Trade Policies

When nations employ consistent and clear trade policies, they help avoid ad hoc import bans, tariffs, embargoes and other barriers that can limit access to a reliable supply of U.S. grain and grain products. This is important because access to the U.S. market is a cost-effective strategy for enhancing diets and advancing food security for countries around the world.

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) encourages and promotes sound trade policies and works tirelessly to address policies that... Read Story

Adding Valuable Expertise

USGC's work begins long before an export transaction is in place, and USGC's relationships with buyers continue long after delivery. It’s simple, really: buyers of U.S. grains and grain co-products receive more than just a quality product when dealing with the United States. Instead, the Council offers international buyers a range of value-added services on both ends of the sale.

This includes everything from technical assistance to information about best management practices to... Read Story


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