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Seven U.S. farmers are visiting Mexico as part of the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) Grain Export Mission (GEM) to the country, a unique opportunity for new-to-the-Council members to gain a better understanding of the challenges, opportunities and competition for U.S. grains in this key market.
During the visit, participants have met with key end-users, Council partners, U.S. and local government officials and trading company representatives, among others.
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.
U.S. corn exports are on an aggressive pace, which is good for farmers nearly done with the 2016 corn harvest, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight told reporters at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting's (NAFB's) annual meeting last week.
Exports of U.S. ethanol began with notable growth in the first month of the new marketing year, according to recent data published by U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).
The top three customers of U.S. ethanol in September 2016 were Canada, Brazil and China, respectfully. Exports of U.S. ethanol totaled 99.6 million gallons (903,000 metric tons of corn equivalent).
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) export data for the month of September, the first in the 2016/2017 marketing year, showed a dramatic increase in exports of feed grains in all forms, a bright spot in the overall challenging farm economy.
Total feed grains in all forms - which includes corn, sorghum, barley, meats, ethanol and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) - in September were up nearly 34 percent from September 2015.
Washington, D.C. - Mexican authorities considering how ethanol fits into their country's energy mix heard from U.S. researchers about air quality, lung health and other quality of life benefits and from Colombian and Paraguayan regulators about their successful implementation of biofuels programs at a recent workshop hosted by Mexico's Secretariat of Energy (SENER) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Mexico City.
A recently released study finds that a significant portion of U.S.-produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan's 50 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold over gasoline, supporting the case for that fuel's competitiveness and its sustainability compared to other fuel sources.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a team of automobile manufacturers, ethanol policy regulators, fuel distributors, and ethanol producers from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in the gasoline pool.
As Thailand has already gone to a nationwide ethanol blending program, with almost 50 percent of retail outlets offering E20, Thai automobile producers were central to the team's work and able to share their experiences and successes with higher blend rates with colleagues from other countries.