"For us, we try to buy U.S. corn:" Export Exchange Strengthens Longstanding Relationship

With a short crop and drought-impacted prices in 2012, trade servicing has become the top priority for the U.S. Grains Council. For a company like Charoen Pokphand Enterprises Co., Ltd., Taiwan, the opportunity presented by Export Exchange was a great chance to better understand the U.S. production and export system, and to assess the continuing advantages of sourcing U.S. grain and DDGS even in a tough year.

Eye on India - The Subcontinent is on the Move

India is a market to watch. The message came through loud and clear from Alan Mustard, Agricultural Minister Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, as he addressed attendees at the 2012 U.S. Grains Council Board of Delegates meeting in Vancouver, Washington. While India is still committed to food self-sufficiency and is still a corn exporter, fast-growing demand coupled with severe supply constraints are likely to force changes in coming years.

Food 2040: The Future of Food and Agriculture in East Asia USGC Partners with U.S. Embassy in Japan Rollout

Food 2040

Tokyo, April 18, 2012: This week the U.S. Grains Council joined with the U.S. embassy in Japan to present a groundbreaking new study, Food 2040, at a major public briefing in Tokyo jointly sponsored by the embassy and Keidanren, a major Japanese business federation.

Council Activities Grow DDGS Demand in Saudi Arabia

In a country whose economy is largely dependent on oil exports, the ethanol industry (and related co-products) is often maligned and a large target of contention and discomfort within Saudi Arabia. However, the proverb "the stone age didn't end from a lack of stones" exemplifies the evolution of energy technology, and in 2011, Saudi Arabia was overtaken by Venezuela as the owner of the world's most known oil reserves. All of this confirmed the notion for what most Saudis were already thinking — the necessity to diversify their economy — and one of the new focuses is agriculture.

Council Assists with Suppression of Egypt FMD Outbreak

A new strain of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is spreading throughout Egypt. As of this writing, 100,000 cattle have been infected and more than 9,000 have died. Council staff recently visited Egypt to disseminate the U.S. Grains Council's inaugural Corn Harvest Quality Report. Everyday, almost every newspaper contained an article on its front page regarding the outbreak and Egypt's transition government's reactions and responses, as reported by MENA (Middle East News Agency).

USGC Japan Puts Sorghum Online and In-Color

By Tommy Hamamoto, USGC Director in Japan

We just launched our sorghum website to provide Japanese consumers and the food industry community with comprehensive information on the health benefits of sorghum. We interviewed nutritionists and other field experts to get their insight on how sorghum is a healthy, natural substitute for more conventional grains used in Japanese cooking.

USGC Annual Meeting: Panel to Explore Food Security

In the coming years, issues of agricultural trade and food security with the developing world will take on added significance. With a wealth of experience and acumen in these areas and more, trade expert Ellen Levinson will moderate an insightful panel discussion at the U.S. Grains Council’s 51st Annual Board of Delegates Meeting July 25-27 in San Francisco, Calif.

USGC, USSEC to Host Back-to-Back Ag Biotech Events in Beijing

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 13, 2011 – The U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Soybean Export Council will host back-to-back international agricultural biotechnology events June 20-22, 2011, in Beijing, China. U.S. and China academic, policy and business representatives will discuss challenges and opportunities for meeting global food demand though technology and trade.

China’s growing economy, increasing middle class, and limited arable land are leading to a new willingness with regard to implementing biotechnology policies.

Growing World Middle Class Means Fundamental Change for US Grain Industry

Keynote speaker J.B. Penn, chief economist with Deere & Company, set an optimistic tone during the opening session of the U.S. Grains Council’s 2011 International Marketing Conference and Annual Membership Meeting in New Orleans Monday morning. In a presentation called “Forces Shaping the Agricultural Marketplace of the Future,” Penn credited rising incomes and changes in dietary preferences of the growing middle class in developing countries as important drivers of demand for U.S. coarse grains.

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