Mexican Craft Brewers Visit The United States To Learn About U.S. Malting Barley Production

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Mexican craft brewers visited the United States recently to familiarize themselves with U.S. malting barley production and learn about new barley variety development and U.S. quality standards.

The brewing industry in Mexico is growing stronger and becoming more aggressive with many players making substantial investments in new brewing, malting and bottle manufacturing plants. These investments represent additional demand for malting barley as well as for barley malt.

USGC Releases Colombia 2030 Report; Examines Potential In Colombian, Peruvian Markets

Colombia’s feed imports are likely to continue to expand significantly faster than historical trends have suggested, according to a new U.S. Grains Council (USGC) report on market development opportunities in there. 

The findings in the report, known as Outlook Colombia 2030, were released this week to the country's top feed, poultry and livestock industry executives in conjunction with a USGC mission examining growth opportunities for U.S. coarse grains and co-products to Colombia and Peru.

Other key conclusions of the report included:

NAFTA Video Series Part 2: The Mexican Perspective

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to release the second half of its video series focusing on the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA’s) impact on Mexican buyers and end-users.

“The mutual benefits of free trade as a result of NAFTA have helped Mexico integrate more with the United States, attract foreign investment and grow more quickly,” said U.S. Meat Export Federation Regional Director for Mexico Chad Russell.

Conference Offers Unique DDGS, Barley Data To Canada’s Leading Beef Producers

With an output of 1.8 million head of cattle per year, Alberta is the heart of Canada’s beef industry and an area the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has identified as a potential growth market for sales of U.S. barley and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

At a recent Council-sponsored conference on the use of supplements in Canadian beef production, the organization and its partners introduced a new tool for evaluating DDGS to some of the largest producers in Alberta.

USGC Expands Promotion Of High Beta-Glucan Barley In Taiwan

By: Clover Chang, U.S. Grains Council Director in Taiwan

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has made progress this year towards encouraging U.S. barley’s food application for diabetics and coronary heart disease patients in Taiwan. This program is part of an ongoing effort to promote U.S. barley containing beta-glucan as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Barley Farmer Manages Stored Grain, Awaits Contract

For North Dakota barley farmer Mark Seastrand, farm activity this time of year focuses on monitoring the barley he harvested in August. To do this, Seastrand routinely uses a grain sampling probe to test the moisture levels of his grain in his on-farm storage bins.

In addition, he uses fans to cool the grain if the temperature or moisture level rises to unfavorable levels.

The grain will remain in storage on his farm until delivery in June or July.

Herbed Barley Scotch Broth

Nonstick cooking spray
2 leeks, thinly sliced, white part only
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, quartered and thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1/2 pound boneless lean lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes
6 cups fat-free chicken broth
1/2 cup pearl barley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Herb bundle: 6 sprigs thyme, 4 sprigs Italian parsley and 1 sprig rosemary

Council History: Decades of Opening Doors

Since its founding in 1960, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has held fast to its commitment to develop new markets for U.S. coarse grains and co-products – sometimes even in seemingly unlikely places.

It was an early step in the long process of re-opening U.S.-Cuba relations when the Council led a humanitarian grain donation to Cuba.

The Cuba mission in 1998 required State Department authorization, and the USGC delegation had to travel by way of Mexico because flights were not available from the United States to the island nation.

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