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U.S. Grains Council (USGC) officers and key staff traveled throughout India and Myanmar last month to examine the potential for development and U.S. grain sales in those growing and complex markets.
USGC Chairman Chip Councell, a farmer from Maryland, and Vice Chairman Deb Keller, a farmer from Iowa, also had the opportunity to help open a new dairy research and training facility in Kaira District with a uniquely Indian tradition of cracking the coconut before revealing a plaque naming the building.
New engagement by U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and members in South Africa over the past year has helped achieve export victories there, with recent sales of U.S. sorghum and biotechnology trait approvals that will allow imports of U.S. corn.
In 2015 and 2016, as a result of El Nino, the country suffered a severe drought, leading its feed industry to import U.S. corn for the first time in almost a decade. South Africa uses both yellow corn for animal feed and white corn for a staple food known locally as pap or mieliepap.
As the initial grant funding period for the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) Food for Progress program in Tanzania approaches completion at the end of this year, the Council is looking ahead to an intensive and constructive 2017 program meant to ensure its ongoing success.
The Tanzania project launched in 2014 with the goals of promoting quality feed formulations for poultry; developing self-sufficient industry associations for poultry producers and feed manufacturers; and improving local broiler and layer production through training seminars.
Exports of U.S. ethanol are off to a strong start for the first quarter of the 2016/2017 marketing year and are at their highest levels during that time frame over the past five years, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).
Exports totaled 353.2 million gallons for the months of September, October and November 2016, the first quarter of marketing year 2016/2017.
Grain trade experts from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) visited Ireland and Israel late last year to meet with customers in those markets, which have become increasingly important if non-traditional importers of U.S. corn and co-products.
Ireland has imported 95,000 metric tons (3.7 million bushels) of U.S. corn in the first three months of this marketing year, which is nearly half the amount it imported the prior marketing year, 170,000 metric tons (6.7 million bushels). Israel imported 386,000 metric tons (15 million bushels) of U.S. corn in the last marketing year.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) helped host a delegation of Chinese officials in town last week for the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting, including offering a tour of Chairman Chip Councell's farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The meeting was held at a time when there are several issues overhanging the trade relationship between the United States and China, which will be impacted further by the change in U.S. administration when President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.
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.
Several Latin American countries set U.S. grain import records in the 2015/2016 marketing year, according to recent data reported recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, illustrated in this Chart of Note.
Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua have reached new records of U.S. corn imported while El Salvador and Honduras have new records of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) imported.
A delegation led by Malaysia's Minister of Agriculture Dato Sri Ahd Shabery Bin Cheek recently traveled to the U.S. Midwest and Pacific Northwest to become better acquainted with the corn supply chain and understand how a bushel of grain moves from the field to feed mill.
"Currently, Malaysia adopts single source corn origination, which can be very problematic in the event of supply shocks and other market disruptions," said USGC Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia Kevin Roepke, who is based in Kuala Lumpur.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently supported the Poultry Association of Tanzania (PAT) as it hosted the second annual Tanzania Poultry Show to present innovative production techniques and exhibit new equipment to local industry members from international and local companies.
The theme of the show this year was "An Egg a Day" to support promotion of egg consumption in Tanzania, and it was held in conjunction with a World Egg Day celebration sponsored by Novus International.