As Industry Develop Exports, U.S. A Dominant Biofuels Producer

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The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is working with partners including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy to develop and execute global market development programs for U.S. ethanol in select markets including Canada, China, Colombia, the European Union, Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. 

Colombia On Track To Again Fill Duty-Free Quota Before Year’s End

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This week’s U.S. Grains Council’s Chart of Note illustrates that Colombia is importing a similar amount of U.S. corn in the first four months of this calendar year as compared to last year and will likely exhaust its duty-free quota soon. This is in stark contrast to just two years before when only 18,500 metric tons (728,000 bushels) of U.S. corn were imported by Colombia from January to April 30. This large increase in the past two years was made possible by both greater availability and the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement (FTA).

U.S. Sorghum Exports Projected to Be 10 Times Larger Than In 2011/2012

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This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates that projected U.S. sorghum exports for the 2014/2015 marketing year are expected to be 10 times larger than just a few years ago, during the 2011/2012 marketing year. This sizeable increase is mostly attributable to China, which has had surging demand since receiving its first bulk shipment on Oct. 13, 2013.

Chart of Note: U.S. Corn Carryover’s Influence on 2015 Planting Intentions

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This week’s U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC's) Chart of Note illustrates that global corn stocks for the 2014/2015 marketing year are projected to be 185.3 million metric tons (7.3 billion bushels), the largest ending stocks since the 1999/2000 marketing year when 194.4 million tons (7.7 billion bushels) were carried over, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Latin American Demand Estimated at a Quarter of World Corn Market in 2014/2015

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This week’s U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates the importance of the top four Latin American corn importers - Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru - in the world corn market this marketing year in comparison to expected top 10 markets.

The top four corn importing countries in Latin America are estimated to make up more than a quarter of the world market for corn this year. In fact, combined they are expected to import more corn from the world than Japan, which is currently the top destination for U.S. corn.

USGC Corn Harvest Quality Report Highlights High-Quality, Record Crop

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This week’s Chart of Note illustrates the high quality of U.S. corn at harvest demonstrated in the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report. According to this analysis, most samples from the 2014 U.S. corn crop would grade No. 1 based on the four grading factors of test weight, broken corn and foreign material (BCFM), total damage and heat damage.

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