ICYMI: Export Exchange Results In $460 Million In Grain And Co-Product Sales

The numbers are in and this fall's Export Exchange, hosted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), is already paying dividends - to the tune of nearly a half billion dollars' worth of grain and ethanol co-product sales.

In total, attendees of this biennial networking event reported sales of approximately 2.6 million metric tons of grains and co-products worth $460 million either at the conference or immediately before or after it.

New Study Shows High Return on Investment From Overseas Market Development Programs

Growing and maintaining export markets is essential for U.S. farmers and ranchers, especially at a time of low commodity prices and abundant supply. USDA's Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program play a critical role in this effort and offer both farmers and taxpayers an excellent return on investment, according to a new study that looked at program impact over the past four decades.

Audio: Harvest Time Highlights Importance of Trade Policy, TPP

As harvest gets underway, trade policy remains an important topic for U.S. farmers preparing to harvest another year of bumper crops—but that bounty can result in lower prices if supply outstrips demand.

In a recent interview, North Carolina farmer and U.S. Grains Council board member Darren Armstrong discussed the importance of increasing demand through favorable trade policies.

Chart of Note: U.S. Feed Grains In All Forms Exports to Mexico Soar In 2015/2016

This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note shows the standout performance of U.S. exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms to Mexico over the past six years.

For marketing year 2015/2016, USGC forecasts U.S. exports of these products - including corn, barley and sorghum as well as co-products like distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and products that require these grains, like meats - to Mexico will total a record 22.7 million metric tons, up 14 percent from last year and up 30 percent since 2010/2011.

Taiwan Culinary Professionals Get Creative With U.S. Barley

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)’s Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) held a U.S. Food Creativity Series this past summer that featured a summer camp for culinary professionals. The program was designed to help educators build their knowledge of U.S. agricultural products and gave the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) the opportunity to introduce attendees to U.S. barley in food.

Chart of Note: Global Survey Demonstrates Scale Of Feed Market

Global feed tonnage reached 995.6 million tons in 2015, according to the 2016 edition of an annual global feed survey by agriculture supplier Alltech.

The survey, conducted in December 2015, gathered data from 131 countries, 32,341 feed mills, and several feed industry associations.

Over the past five years, global feed tonnage has increased by 14 percent and, in the past year alone, tonnage increased by 2 percent, the survey showed. The data reflects a worldwide increase in the demand for protein and the global need for feed production.

TBT: The Trade Term, Not The Tweet

In the hip world of social media, TBT stands for “throwback Thursday,” and for one day a week, it is among the online universe’s most used hashtags. TBT is a staple of modern-day marketing campaigns, designed to conjure up nostalgia, encourage dialogue and induce consumer endorsement. It looks something like this:

#TBT. do u remember @Wendys “where’s the beef” ads? i still luv that little ole lady…and those burgers.

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