News & Events
President Barack Obama called for Congress to approve trade promotion authority (TPA) in his State of the Union address delivered Tuesday, formally requesting what many believe will be the linchpin to securing new markets in Europe and Asia and elevating the issue to the national conversation.
The release of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report has become a globally anticipated event. Within days of its release, the Council started presenting the annual report’s findings to customers in overseas markets to provide them the critical information they need to make informed purchases and build confidence in the quality of this year’s U.S. corn crop.
Developing a strong and united poultry industry and improving lab facilities that will help promote feed quality were the major outcomes this quarter of an ongoing U.S. Grains Council (USGC) program in Tanzania, funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress grant.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report (WASDE) out this week showed a U.S. corn crop for the 2014/2015 marketing year of almost 361 million metric tons (14.2 billion bushels), with yields projected at 10.7 tons per hectare (171 bushels per acre).
The latest yield and production estimates represent a slight reduction from previous estimates, but both remain at historic levels. The 2014/2015 marketing year will again offer another large crop for export.
Chart of Note
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.
Word from the Ground
By: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs
The U.S. Council (USGC) is becoming recognized in Tanzania as a reliable source of information and a trusted partner following the launch of its Food for Progress program in that country earlier this year. The program has made advancement towards its primary goals: promoting quality feed formulations for poultry; developing self-sufficient industry associations for poultry producers and feed manufacturers; and improving broiler and layer production through training seminars.