TPP Update: Talks Continue; No Predictions on Outcome

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are continuing quiet bilateral discussions, with the Canadian elections scheduled for Oct. 19 and the intensifying U.S. presidential race adding new pressure to an already challenging calendar.

“In 2014, the U.S. had Congressional elections and Japan had parliamentary elections. That gave the two largest economies involved in the talks a year to act before a new election cycle again complicated the talks,” said Floyd Gaibler, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) director of trade policy and biotechnology.

USGC VP Atkins Discusses Fall Priorities

This week, Global Update sat down with new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly Atkins to discuss priorities and programs the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has planned for the remainder of the year. Atkins has served in several roles with the Council over the past 10 years and was named to her new role this summer following the retirement of Erick Erickson.

Increases Shown In Ethanol Exports As Promotion Work Ramps Up

This marketing year’s U.S. ethanol exports are expected to be the second largest on record as ethanol export promotion efforts ramp up by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

“Efforts to promote increased exports of U.S. ethanol are showing progress, with global ethanol exports during the first 10 months of the current marketing year posting an 11 percent gain over last year’s numbers,” said USGC Chief Economist Mike Dwyer.

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Word from the Ground

USGC Opens Doors for DDGS Distributors, End-Users in Southern Mexico

By: Javier Chavez, Marketing Specialist in Mexico, U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and consultants recently completed a tour of Southeast Mexico to make presentations promoting U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to 23 ranchers in Chiapas. The attendees were presidents and chairmen of local cattle producer associations and represent an estimated 1.1 million head of cattle, more than 40 percent of the total cattle in the area.