News & Events
For more than 50 years, the United States and Japan have enjoyed a partnership that has yielded more than $280 billion in sales of U.S. food and agricultural products to Japan, creating a relationship that has helped cater to the needs of Japanese consumers while fueling the U.S. economy.
To celebrate the success of this relationship, which also helped plant the seeds for the U.S. Grains Council 50 years ago, the Council is sponsoring the Global Food Security Symposium in Tokyo, kicking off the Partners-in-Agriculture event April 7.
The U.S. Grains Council, in partnership with USDA’ s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), is sponsoring several DDGS seminars and trade conferences in Japan and China in June 2010. The Council extends an invitation to U.S. DDGS exporters and producers to attend these seminars to initiate face-to-face introductions with foreign end-users and importers.
The U.S. Grains Council announced that the Honorable Hirotaka Akamatsu, Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, will deliver a special address at the upcoming Global Food Security Symposium. Minister Akamatsu joins U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in headlining the event.
FOODEX is the largest annual food expo in Japan, drawing more than 2,000 exhibitors from 60 countries and regions and 85,000 attendees. The U.S. Grains Council’s Japan office hosted a booth at the show and also participated in a cooking demonstration, where U.S. barley, corn meal and white sorghum recipes were showcased.
Event Brings Together U.S. and Japanese Government and Agribusiness Industry Leaders to Discuss How to Feed a Growing World
Today at the annual Commodity Classic event, U.S. Grains Council Chairman Rick Fruth and Senior Vice President of Operations and Industry Relations Keith Heffernan announced the tentative lineup of speakers for the upcoming Global Food Security Symposium, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council.
At a news conference held March 2, before the opening of the FOODEX JAPAN trade show, U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Thomas C. Dorr joined the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and several Japanese food industry leaders to announce the upcoming “Partners in Agriculture” events.
The “Partners in Agriculture” events celebrate 50 years of the U.S., Japan agricultural trade relationship. “Partners in Agriculture” events will take place between March and June 2010, and are organized by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
By Mike Callahan, U.S. Grains Council Senior Director of International Operations
When natural disaster strikes, it leaves in its wake a country and its people short of food, water and security. This was the case in 1959, when two typhoons devastated one of Japan’s centers of agriculture production, the Yamanashi prefecture. To help re-establish the prefecture’s once-robust hog production industry, hog and grain producers in Iowa, assisted by
U.S. Grains Council Chairman Rick Fruth and Senior Vice President of Operations and Industry Relations Keith Heffernan will host a news conference at the Commodity Classic event in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, March 5, 2010. Fruth and Heffernan will announce “Partners in Agriculture” events and activities and discuss the Council’s involvement.
The “Partners in Agriculture” events will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Iowa-Yamanashi Sister State relationship, which sparked the USDA’s cooperator programs, the famous “hog-lift” and the start of the U.S. Grains Council.
Japan is the largest U.S. corn export market, consistently importing approximately 16 million metric tons (630 million bushels) of U.S. corn each year. With the recent attention to U.S. corn quality and the use of biotechnology, it is more important than ever that U.S. producers stay connected to their international customers. This week, U.S. Grains Council representatives Steve Vanzant, Ohio Corn Marketing Program; Chester Esther, Illinois Corn Growers Association; and Fred Oelschlaeger, Cargill, traveled to Tokyo for the Corn Outlook Conference.