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Nearly 180 international coarse grains buyers from 39 countries are arriving today in Seattle, Washington, for Export Exchange 2014, ready to meet with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the value chain.
Export Exchange 2014, co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), is a biennial event aiming to make connections that will build and sustain business in the current market and for years to come.
Coarse grains customers from around the world are heading toward Seattle, Washington, for the biennial Export Exchange, scheduled for Oct. 20 to 22.
Sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the conference will include educational sessions and networking opportunities to help buyers and sellers deepen their relationships and set the stage for business in the coming year.
The latest USDA World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released Oct. 11 is still predicting a record corn crop, with expected yields up 0.16 metric tons per hectare (2.5 bushels per acre) to a total of 10.9 tons per hectare (174.2 bushels per acre).
U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Trade Manuel Sanchez discussed the outcomes of the report in a recent audio interview with the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB).
A team of nine representatives of the Japanese corn processing industry, feed industry and corn trade is touring the Midwest ahead of Export Exchange 2014, one of 18 trade teams set to travel in the United States before and after the coming conference.
These trips give participants, hailing from more than 30 countries, the opportunity to see firsthand the U.S. coarse grain production and supply systems and, importantly, the current crop quality.
Consumers in Japan are among the most health conscious in the world, and the U.S. Grains Council actively promotes the health benefits of consuming food sorghum from the United States in this market. Last week, the U.S. Grains Council participated in the Health Ingredients Show in Japan, showcasing food products made from U.S. sorghum.
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Word from the Ground
By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea
Although almost 80 percent of Korean mixed feed manufacturers have tried U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in livestock and poultry diets, they have not continuously used the products. A few of them have incorporated it into their feed formulations, but with a lack of experience with the nutritional value of DDGS, they are hesitant to use the product in their rations.