MAIZALL Leaders Meet With U.S. Officials in Washington

Leaders from MAIZALL, the international alliance for maize, were in Washington this week for discussions with senior U.S. officials from the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding ongoing cooperation with the governments of Argentina and Brazil on market access for crops derived from biotechnology. 

Singapore Traders’ Symposium Talks GMOs, Region Focuses on Science

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) took center stage at a trade symposium held in Singapore this month, with more than 200 companies from dozens of countries represented in discussions about the future outlook of feed grain trade within the region.

After last year’s tumultuous trade interruptions with China, several speakers focused renewed attention on risk management in the global market. 

U.S., New Zealand Seek WTO Dispute Resolution with Indonesia

The United States and New Zealand last week requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine Indonesia’s restrictions on several categories of agricultural imports. This action follows the failure of bilateral consultations over the last three years to find a solution. U.S. horticultural and animal products are primarily affected by Indonesia’s challenged practices.

USGC’s 2014 Annual Report Available Online Now

Annual Report

From the soaring sales of U.S. sorghum to China to launching the Tanzanian Food For Progress program to trade policy talks to Export Exchange, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) left its mark on export markets for U.S. corn, barley, sorghum and their co-products in 2014.

These successes and more are highlighted in the Council’s 2014 annual report, which is available online at

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New Nutrient Labeling Framework has Implications for Food Barley in Japan

By: Tommy Hamamoto, U.S. Grains Council Director in Japan

Beginning April 1, 2015, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) in Japan will be launching a new food labeling framework for foods with health functions. This new framework will allow for foods containing a functional nutrient to be advertised as such on their labels. Beta-glucan, which is contained in some U.S. barley varieties, is a nutrient that falls into this category as a substance lowering blood sugar level, also known as glycemic index.