News & Events
By Tom Sleight, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) staff and consultants around the world serve as the eyes and ears for our members. It is the personal responsibility of each of our staff members and industry leaders to build relationships with customers, hear about their challenges and bring back what we learn to farmers and agribusinesses who are focused on increasing export demand.
Based on figures provided Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and analyzed by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the United States exported 114.1 million metric tons of feed grains in all forms (GIAF) from September 2016 to August 2017, a 12 increase from the prior year and a new record for the category.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) joined forces this month to put on two one-day workshops for Southeast Asian buyers looking for the latest in market and harvest information and details about how U.S. agricultural products can benefit their businesses.
Manuel Sanchez, USGC regional director for South and Southeast Asia, provided timely insights on the 2017/2018 coarse grains outlook, while other presenters provided outlooks on the global overview for grains and oilseeds.
Building on decades of successful market development work in Japan, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted this month a team of newer customers from the Japanese corn processing and feed milling industries to learn firsthand about the U.S. corn industry.
Members of the 2017 Agriculture Trade Goodwill Mission pledged Wednesday to purchase 5 million metric tons (197 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 500,000 tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) between 2018 and 2019, echoing a rebound of U.S. corn sales to this long-term trading partner.
Washington, D.C. - Members of the 2017 Taiwan Agricultural Goodwill Mission pledged Wednesday to purchase 5 million metric tons (197 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 500,000 tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) between 2018 and 2019. The commitment was made during a signing ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. government released international trade figures for July on September 6, the eleventh month of data for the 2016/2017 marketing year for corn and sorghum. With just one month of data still unpublished, U.S. exports of feed grain in all forms (GIAF) has set a new record high, the result of increased demand, competitive U.S. prices and extensive marketing efforts by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
Trade teams from South Korea have met face-to-face with U.S. farmers and grain suppliers in eight states in the last three months - all part of work by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to secure and expand U.S. exports to the third largest market for U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
A statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC):
"The Council strongly opposes withdrawal from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), an action that will lead to immediate and sustained losses in sales to our third largest corn customer.
"South Korea is an example of the transformational partnership available to U.S. grain farmers and their global customers through strong trade policy and overseas market development.
A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight on the announcement that Vietnam will lift its suspension of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) imports and ease fumigation requirements for U.S. corn and wheat imports:
“We are very pleased to hear the news from Vietnam overnight that, as of today, import permits will be issued for U.S. DDGS and new phosphine fumigation protocols will be acceptable for shipments of U.S. corn, DDGS and wheat.