Chart Of Note: Global Interest In U.S. Sorghum Growing

This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates a growing global interest in U.S. sorghum among a diverse group of markets.

While China remains the top market for U.S. sorghum - with more than 5.9 million metric tons (232.3 million bushels) sold to that country as of May 5 - other, non-traditional markets like Pakistan, Venezuela and Colombia have also shown their interest in this coarse grain during this marketing year. Combined, these three markets have purchased more than 295,000 tons (11.6 million bushels) of U.S. sorghum as of May 5.

As They Consider Reform, USGC Talks Ethanol With Mexican Policymakers

As Mexico works to implement energy reforms, the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) staff there has been working to educate end-users and energy policymakers on the advantages of using ethanol as an oxygenate in fuel.

Last year, Pemex announced its plan to introduce a first-ever pilot program to blend gasoline with ethanol. Since then, it has awarded a few contracts to local ethanol plants, though the relatively small-scale Mexican ethanol industry makes imports seem necessary to meet the country’s immediate fuel ethanol blending needs. This will likely create new opportunities for U.S. exports of ethanol to the market.

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