USGC Conference Connects U.S. Suppliers To Buyers In European, MENA Regions

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) corn and co-products conference in Rome, Italy

End-users in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa are purchasing increasing amounts of U.S. co-products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed/meal, thanks to advantageous pricing in recent years. 

Building on these cost competitive deals, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) conducted a conference in Rome, Italy, last week to connect end-users from both regions with U.S. farmers, grain suppliers and technology companies for education and the opportunity to make or negotiate sales.

Stronger Demand Leads To Brisk Exports Of U.S. Grains As Marketing Year Begins

Exports of U.S. feed grains have a promising outlook after the completion of the first quarter of the 2016/2017 marketing year, according to recently published U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade data.

Total exports of feed grains in all forms in September, October and November 2016 reached 27.9 million metric tons (1.1 billion bushels), up 32 percent from the same quarter last year.

Talking Trade: Strong Trade Policies and Market Development Efforts Will Be Critical in 2017

With a record crop year in the books, U.S. farmers are now turning their sights to the 2017 planting season. And while there are still many unknowns - weather, crop yields, market fluctuations and a new political environment - one thing is certain: strong trade policies and dedicated market development will be critical to their success.

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.

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.

Three USGC Delegates Honored for A Decade of Service

Three U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) delegates – Randy Ives of Gavilon; Ray Defenbaugh of Big River Resources; and Stan Garbacz from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture – were honored for 10 years of service to the organization at its 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this week in Montreal, Canada.

Asked about their experiences with the Council, the three told different stories but were unanimous in recognizing its value.

The highlight for Ives has been seeing the ethanol industry come together to meet challenges from antidumping cases to biotechnology acceptance.

Five-Year Honorees Praise A-Teams, Personal Connections

Jerry Wang, delegate for Living Water Integra Trade Inc., and Russ Hurlbert, delegate for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation were honored for five years of service to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) during the organization’s 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting held this week in Montreal, Canada.

For both men, their years of service to the Council have brought practical rewards.

“It’s been an excellent experience working with the Council, and especially with the value-added Advisory Team (A-Team),” Wang said. “I learned a lot and also gave a lot of insights I have in the grain industry. The Council always listens to the members’ opinions.”

Council Recognizes Three Grower Organization Executives

The U.S. Grains Council recognized three state grower organization executives at its Montreal meeting this week for the years they have worked with the organization: Laura Knoth, Kentucky Corn Promotion Council, for five years of service; Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, for 10 years of service; and Joyce Woodhouse, Corn Growers Association of North Carolina, for 35 years.

State executives play a unique role in the Council’s efforts, providing continuity and a source of information on the Council’s work for growers in their states.

Thinking over her many years of involvement, Woodhouse highlighted the value of personal contact between Council officials, grower groups and leaders like the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina Past Chairman Bill Griffin.

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