News & Events
The recently-released U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Outlook Colombia 2030 report found new market development opportunities in the Colombian market as the country’s feed imports are likely to expand significantly faster than historical trends have suggested.
President Barack Obama’s announcement in Germany earlier this week that he believes the United States and European Union can strike a deal on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) by the end of 2016 put additional focus on the latest round of U.S.-EU negotiations happening in New York.
As part of the negotiations, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) participated in a U.S.-EU Direct Stakeholder Engagement Event and chief negotiators briefing on April 28, focusing on the EU’s authorization system to approve biotech events.
Five Tanzanian poultry producers have expanded their farms from a few thousand birds in 2013 to more than 20,000 today in large part due to U.S. Grains Council (USGC) training programs that have taught producers how to address challenges with large-scale production, such as biosecurity and flock management.
A team of New Zealand government officials recently traveled to Iowa, Louisiana and Washington, D.C., to study the U.S. grain export system and to explore ways to streamline their protocols to allow more U.S. corn exports to New Zealand.
While New Zealand is not traditionally a large market for U.S. corn, buyers from that country did purchase more than 142,000 metric tons (5.59 million bushels) of U.S. corn valued at $34 million during the 2014/2015 marketing year.
Cuban importers and officials visit the U.S. Grains Council’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. April 18, 2016.
Chart of Note
This week's U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates Japan’s returned interest and preference for purchasing U.S. corn. During March, Japan purchased more than 1 million metric tons (39.368 million bushels) of U.S. corn, and the country has already topped those sales during the first three weeks of April.
Word from the Ground
By: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs
A ceremony was held this month honoring the Tanzanian Central Veterinary Lab (CVL) staff with certificates for completing a U.S. Grains Council- (USGC) sponsored training program focused on new lab equipment and best management practices.
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