News & Events
The first of 19 trade teams taking part in Export Exchange 2016 have arrived in the United States for pre-tours before the conference in Detroit that will bring together international grain buyers and U.S. exporters next week.
The biennial event, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), offers an unparalleled opportunity for those interested in coarse grains to make connections and do business. More than 215 international buyers are scheduled to attend, along with an additional 250 or more U.S. participants.
A recently released U.S. Grains Council (USGC) study finds that a significant portion of U.S.-produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan's 50 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold over gasoline, supporting the case for that fuel's competitiveness and its sustainability compared to other fuel sources.
A delegation led by Malaysia's Minister of Agriculture Dato Sri Ahd Shabery Bin Cheek recently traveled to the U.S. Midwest and Pacific Northwest to become better acquainted with the corn supply chain and understand how a bushel of grain moves from the field to feed mill.
"Currently, Malaysia adopts single source corn origination, which can be very problematic in the event of supply shocks and other market disruptions," said USGC Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia Kevin Roepke, who is based in Kuala Lumpur.
U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms in 2015/2016 totaled 100.5 million metric tons (3.96 billion bushels), an increase of more than 300,000 metric tons (11.8 million bushels) from the previous marketing year and the second highest level on record, new trade data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show.
Chart of Note
This week's Chart of Note illustrates the record breaking exports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the Middle East and North Africa in the 2015/2016 marketing year.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) latest trade data report, the United States exported more than 1.14 million metric tons of DDGS to these countries last marketing year, a new high.
Word from the Ground
Deep in the Anti-Atlas region of Morocco’s Sous plain, two of the world’s most cutting edge dairy cooperatives recently met for the first time. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC), with the financial and professional support of the Kansas Corn Commission, organized a technical exchange for India’s Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) and Morocco’s COPAG.