USDA/APHIS Confirms Presence of Xanthomonas

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and other organizations representing the nation's seed, farm, grain handling and export sectors following the agency's confirmation of the presence of Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum (Xvv) in some counties in the U.S. Corn Belt.

Xvv is a bacterium that affects the leaves of corn plants, with symptoms appearing as narrow brown or orange-to-reddish streaks or stripes.

Algerian Market Returns To U.S. Corn, Shows Room For Development

U.S. corn sales to Algeria are making a strong showing in 2016, doubling 2014/2015 marketing year imports.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) export sales report for Aug. 18, 2016, showed 527,000 metric tons (20.7 million bushels) of U.S. corn being exported to Algeria in the 2015/2016 marketing year, more than double sales last marketing year of 238,000 metric tons (9.3 million bushels).

Taiwanese Stakeholders See Advantages Of U.S. Corn, DDGS

A group of grain buyers from Taiwan visited Indiana and Michigan this week to become familiar with production, application, grading and quality standards for U.S. corn and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The trip gave stakeholders the chance to gain technical skills and knowledge in handling, procurement and storage and offered critical insight into the advantages of purchasing U.S. corn and DDGS.

Quality: A Top Differentiator In The Corn Market

By: Kimberly Atkins, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Grains Council

This year's corn crop is expected to be one of the largest on record, with roughly 384.92 million metric tons (15.153 billion bushels) projected to be produced, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest estimates. As a top corn exporter, farmers and the grain industry in the United States appreciate the opportunity to sell their product around the world to customers who need it to help drive their businesses and achieve food security for their nations.

Grain Buyers From Middle East, North Africa To Join Export Exchange 2016 Trade Teams

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce companies from the Middle East and North Africa with representatives planning to join trade teams traveling to Export Exchange 2016.

Export Exchange is a forum for education and trade of U.S. feed grains that will host nearly 200 international buyers and end-users from more than 33 countries organized into 19 USGC trade teams. The biennial conference, scheduled for Oct 24 - 26 in Detroit, Michigan, is sponsored by USGC and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

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Dairy Cooperative Leaders from Morocco, India Meet, Share Experiences

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.