News & Events
The U.S. Grains Council and Ministry of Agriculture cooperative program to establish a Tunisian central laboratory for feed analysis is well underway, reported Cary Sifferath, USGC regional director.
Since moving into their building last September, the laboratory staff has grown to 13, including two technical engineers and five specialized technicians trained in grain inspection, minerals, crude fat and fiber analysis using atomic absorption spectrometry.
Every few years South Africa produces enough corn to compete for export sales. The latest statistics from the South African Grain Information Service show that in the May-April 2010/11 marketing year South Africa exported 1.05 million metric tons (41 million bushels) of white corn and 1.02 million metric tons (40 million bushels) of yellow corn.
The U.S. Grains Council recently recognized Egypt Director Dr. Hussein Soliman for his 20 years of dedicated service and achievements in Developing Markets, Enabling Trade and Improving Lives.
"Dr. Soliman's work is an outstanding example of what the Council tries to do in every market," said Chris Corry, USGC senior director of international operations.
A delegation of U.S. sorghum industry representatives recently traveled to Morocco, Spain and Belgium as the U.S. Grains Council continues its efforts in developing sorghum markets abroad.
Tunisia’s new government is taking steps to improve grain quality, and the U.S. Grains Council is helping with the process under a five-year agreement with the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture.
Prior to its revolution, Tunisia had no regulations for monitoring the quality of imported grain, and poultry industry representatives were reporting instances of corn shipments containing aflatoxin at more than 20 parts per billion.
With large-scale livestock operations now emerging in Morocco, the U.S. Grains Council recently brought 10 key opinion leaders from the dairy and beef industries, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Moroccan Feed Millers Association to the United States for a look at health issues in large herds.
Currently, Moroccan regulations on importing vaccines are a challenge, requiring livestock producers to file vaccine requests that may face months of delay before even a limited supply of vaccines reaches the farms.
Two major Moroccan grain importers are continuing a pattern of regular sorghum purchases, putting Morocco on course for record U.S. sorghum imports this year.Sales, as of May 19, total 112,000 metric tons (4.4 million bushels), up 57 percent from the same time last year. In comparison, Moroccan purchases totaled 98,000 tons (3.9 million bushels) in the 2009/2010 market year.
Last week, Morocco bought an additional 26,000 tons (1 million bushels).
The U.S. Grains Council signed agreements to work through 2011 with Morocco’s red meat producers’ association and poultry association on projects to expand both sectors.
Work with ANPVR, which represents Morocco’s beef, sheep and goat producers, will include bringing beef farmers from its different regions to the Meknes agriculture fair for a program on livestock crossbreeding, the use of high quality feeds, and co-production inclusion in feeds.
Egyptian purchases of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) reached 21,879 metric tons in the first quarter of calendar year 2011 – a major increase over the 12,348 tons imported at this time a year ago – and Dr. Hussein Soliman, U.S. Grains Council director in Egypt, believes imports could reach 350,000 metric tons by 2020.
This belief reflects the Council’s success on several fronts, from introducing DDGS use to multiple animal sectors to encouraging more U.S. grain and co-products suppliers to offer DDGS to their Egyptian customers.
One of Morocco’s leading grain importers is beginning to shift its buying status from C&F (cost and freight) to FOB (freight on board), a change with important implications for U.S. export sales.
Casa Grains, consistently one of the top three Moroccan importers, buys corn, sorghum, wheat, soybeans and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in large enough volumes to justify contracting for its own freight.
By helping Casa Grains move to FOB purchasing, the Council is also helping the company manage freight costs and control where its grain originates.