South Africa Approves Biotech Corn Events, Opening Door for U.S. Sales

South Africa's government announced this week it is eliminating import restrictions on some biotech corn products, likely opening it for additional imports of U.S. corn.

The list of products, or events as they are described by the scientific community, announced by the country's Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) that were previously ineligible for import includes several grown by U.S. corn producers either in single-event varieties or stacked varieties.

Grain Mission Participants Visit Mexico to See Hot Grain Market, Meet Key Buyers

Seven U.S. farmers are visiting Mexico as part of the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) Grain Export Mission (GEM) to the country, a unique opportunity for new-to-the-Council members to gain a better understanding of the challenges, opportunities and competition for U.S. grains in this key market.

During the visit, participants have met with key end-users, Council partners, U.S. and local government officials and trading company representatives, among others.

USGC Outreach Stokes FTA-Fueled Feed Grain Export Boom to Colombia

U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms to Colombia reached a record high during the 2015/2016 marketing year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and analysis from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) - a milestone on which the Council is seeking to further capitalize with outreach to buyers who want to take advantage of the favorable trade agreement between their country and the United States.

Analysis: U.S. Grain Prices Present Investment Opportunity for Global Livestock Producers

As corn harvest winds down in the United States, global livestock producers are in the enviable position of being able to both take advantage of competitive feed grain prices and invest in the future growth of their businesses.

Back in 2012, as corn prices hovered around $8 per bushel, many poultry, swine and dairy producers rode out the high prices, buying one cargo of corn at a time while waiting and hoping for the market to improve.

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Chart of Note: Healthy Start for U.S. Ethanol in 2016/2017 Marketing Year

Exports of U.S. ethanol began with notable growth in the first month of the new marketing year, according to recent data published by U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).

The top three customers of U.S. ethanol in September 2016 were Canada, Brazil and China, respectfully. Exports of U.S. ethanol totaled 99.6 million gallons (903,000 metric tons of corn equivalent).

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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.