Export Sorghum Event Builds Connections With Top U.S. Customers


By: Lyndsey Erb-Sharkey, Director of Industry Relations, U.S. Grains Council

Exports are predicted to consume 77 percent of U.S. sorghum production in the 2015/2016 marketing year, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Building on this information, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) was an active participant in Export Sorghum, a two-day educational seminar held this week in Houston, Texas, for international buyers of U.S. sorghum hosted by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) and the Texas Grain Sorghum Producers.

The sorghum conference was geared toward creating networking opportunities while providing both domestic and international grain buyers with insights on sorghum markets, trade opportunities, contractual procedures and logistics.

U.S. Sorghum Exports Projected to Be 10 Times Larger Than In 2011/2012

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This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates that projected U.S. sorghum exports for the 2014/2015 marketing year are expected to be 10 times larger than just a few years ago, during the 2011/2012 marketing year. This sizeable increase is mostly attributable to China, which has had surging demand since receiving its first bulk shipment on Oct. 13, 2013.

Building on Success: Next Steps for Sorghum in China


U.S. sorghum exports to China rocketed to a record 4.2 million metric tons (165 million bushels) last marketing year, and they continue at a record pace with accumulated exports and outstanding sales of 6.6 million tons (260 million bushels) as of March 12, only halfway through the 2014/2015 marketing year.

Looking to build on that success, a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) team recently attended the sixth annual China DDGS and Sorghum Conference in Xiamen, China, where they engaged in a vigorous exchange with Chinese buyers and end-users about the prospects for continued growth.

ICYMI: U.S. Grains Council Applauds Chinese Approval of MIR 162


The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) applauded the decision by the Chinese government to finalize approval of the MIR 162 biotech corn trait, verified by Syngenta on Dec. 22, 2014.

MIR 162 has been approved in 19 countries since 2011 and is a valuable tool for U.S. farmers who are working to address pest problems and increase yields.

The Council views China's decision as a positive but incomplete step towards the objective of normalizing agriculture trade with China.


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