Trade Advocates Confirmed To Leadership Roles At USDA

Left: Stephen Cenksy, USDA Deputy Secretary; Right: Ted McKinney, USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is gaining two new leaders - and agriculture trade is gaining two new advocates - with the confirmations this week of Steve Censky as deputy secretary and Ted McKinney as the newly-created undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. 


The U.S. Senate confirmed both the non-controversial nominees late Tuesday evening Washington time. 

Workshops In Singapore, Malaysia Share Value Of U.S. Grains And Soybeans

Workshops in Southeast Asia

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) joined forces this month to put on two one-day workshops for Southeast Asian buyers looking for the latest in market and harvest information and details about how U.S. agricultural products can benefit their businesses.

Manuel Sanchez, USGC regional director for South and Southeast Asia, provided timely insights on the 2017/2018 coarse grains outlook, while other presenters provided outlooks on the global overview for grains and oilseeds.

Infographic: Global Action Equals Global Success For U.S. Grains

USGC Success Stories

Around the world and around the clock, the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) staff and consultants are working on behalf of the organization's members to help U.S. agricultural exports reach new levels of demand and growth. A selection of success stories on the Council’s website chronicles the Council's push to find new buyers for a bountiful harvest in up-and-coming markets as well as maintain demand with our long-term trading partners. 

USGC Works To Expand Ethanol Use In Africa As Part Of Global Demand Strategy

Ethanol potential in Africa

Individual markets in Africa vary greatly, but the continent as a whole offers significant potential demand for U.S. ethanol exports. 

Brian Healy, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) manager of ethanol export market development, recently traveled to Kenya to evaluate and develop opportunities for U.S. ethanol in the continent and speak at a regional ethanol and sugar conference. There, he was able to engage with senior agricultural, energy and environmental ministry officials to learn more about ethanol production, use and trade across the region.

Northern Neighbor Top Market For U.S. Feed Grains, Co-Products

U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms to Canada since implementation of NAFTA

Canada - the host of the just-concluded third round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - is a top trading partner for U.S. feed grains and co-products like ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) thanks to geography and strong trade policy.

Canada - the host of the just-concluded third round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - is a top trading partner for U.S. feed grains and co-products like ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) thanks to geography and strong trade policy.

Marketing Programs Pay Off For U.S. Co-Products In Turkey

U.S. DDGS Exports to Turkey

Turkey’s imports of U.S. corn co-products surged in the 2016/2017 marketing year, a significant pay off for U.S. Grains Council (USGC) marketing programs in the country. 

Turkey is the second largest buyer of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in the 2016/2017 marketing year (Sept.-July) with 1.29 million metric tons of imports, nearly double the total from last marketing year. Additionally, Turkey is the fourth largest buyer of U.S. corn gluten feed/meal, purchasing almost 196,000 tons in 2016/2017. 

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