Council Team Promotes Sorghum, DDGS at Major Conference

The U.S. Grains Council built on its long-standing presence at the Global Grains Conference to promote U.S. sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to almost 900 grain traders and feed manufacturers.

The conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 16-18, 2010, offered the Council an opportunity to begin educating new markets about DDGS.

Biosafety Protocol Agreement Satisfies Some Concerns

After six years of talks, countries who signed on to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety reached an agreement last week in Nagoya, Japan, on supplementary text that will establish rules and procedures for liability and redress in case of damage to biological diversity resulting from living modified organisms (LMOs).

LMOs are products derived from modern biotechnology. An example would be biotech corn and soybeans.

US Prepares for Increased Competition from Ukraine

State corn checkoff executives recently traveled to Ukraine to assess its production potential, trade opportunities and market competitiveness.

Iowa Corn Promotion Board CEO Craig Floss participated in the U.S. Grains Council’s State Executives Mission and said he was most surprised by the significant progress Ukrainians are making in areas of their agricultural development.

USGC Strikes at Korean Roots to Change Negative Biotech Perception

The lack of scientific information and understanding of genetically enhanced grains hinders the U.S. ability to fully penetrate the South Korean market. This lack of information renders negative publicity and consumer perception resulting in the enforcement of strict biotechnology labeling laws. Additionally, the Korean government expanded biotech food labeling regulations to include corn syrup and corn oil, as well as to cover all food products that contain biotech food ingredients and biotech additives.

Japan Biotech Regulators Visit U.S. Counterparts and Corn Export Industry

A team of Japanese food, feed and environmental regulators from four government agencies recently visited their U.S. counterparts as well as U.S. biotechnology seed companies, biotech industry organizations, a U.S. corn farmer, and companies involved in the production, distribution and export of U.S. corn to Japan.

Report Highlights Benefits of Genetically Enhanced Crops

U.S. farmers growing genetically enhanced (GE) crops see more economic and environmental benefits compared with conventional crops, including lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides and better yields, according to a new report from the National Research Council. The U.S. Grains Council is a major advocate for the benefits GE crops bring to producers and has long led the charge against misinformation circulating around the perceived dangers of genetically enhanced grains.

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