TPP Signed; Next Step: Rocky Road to Ratification

Ministers from the 12 countries including the United States that have agreed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact signed it this week at a ceremony in New Zealand, formally marking the beginning of a ratification process that is looking increasingly tenuous in the United States.

In general, member countries have two years to consider the deal before it is entered into force. Of course the more quickly the agreement goes fully into effect, the more benefits U.S. farmers will see from it.

USGC’s Aqua Feeding Trials In Vietnam Show Promising Results

Results of two distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) aqua feeding trials conducted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in Vietnam show that U.S. DDGS is an economical and nutritious way to feed pangasius catfish produced there.

“The goal of this project was to show the industry that you can feasibly utilize plant-based proteins, both DDGS and soybean meal, as combined sources of protein in fish diets,” said Kevin Roepke, USGC regional director for South and Southeast Asia.

Video: Grain Export Mission Participants Reflect On Their Experiences In China

Eleven U.S. farmers learned firsthand about their customers’ perspectives in China and the Philippines during the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Grain Export Mission (GEM) last month.

The participants returned from this mission with a clearer understanding of the challenges, opportunities and competition U.S. grains face in the international marketplace.

International Alliance MAIZALL Sets Priorities for 2016

The board of directors for MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to strategic cooperation in addressing market access issues related to biotechnology and other agricultural technologies last week during a meeting in Uruguay.

The meeting was focused on solidifying outreach plans for 2016 and discussing the future of MAIZALL as an organization.

Chart of Note

USGC Laying Groundwork to Export 22 Percent More U.S. Corn In 2025/2026

This week’s U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Chart of Note illustrates the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) projections that U.S. corn exports will rise to 57.5 million metric tons (2.26 billion bushels) by marketing year 2025/2026, an increase of 22 percent from last marketing year’s total exports of 47 million tons (1.85 billion bushels).

Word from the Ground

Watch the Mail: Links to USGC Meeting Documents Coming to Attendees

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will be paperless for its 13th International Marketing Conference and 56th Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled for Sarasota, Florida, next month.

All meeting materials including agendas, minutes, background papers and financial reports will be available in electronic form, via the Guidebook meeting app or website.