Audio: Outreach, Trade Schools Help Capture Market Throughout Western Hemisphere

While low prices are challenging to farmers, they are an opportunity for global grain buyers who can help boost the U.S. farm economy with their purchases.

To help spur demand in the Western Hemisphere among both experienced and new buyers, the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) office there has held a series of trade schools this fall.

Marri Carrow, director of the Western Hemisphere Office for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), recently discussed the exciting trade picture in her region with the with the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB).

USGC Outreach Stokes FTA-Fueled Feed Grain Export Boom to Colombia

U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms to Colombia reached a record high during the 2015/2016 marketing year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and analysis from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) - a milestone on which the Council is seeking to further capitalize with outreach to buyers who want to take advantage of the favorable trade agreement between their country and the United States.

Registration Open For USGC Winter Meeting in Panama

Registration is now open for the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) 14th International Marketing Conference and 57th Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled to take place in Panama City, Panama, from Feb. 13 to 15, 2017.

This meeting is members' annual chance to meet face-to-face with USGC's international directors who work tirelessly to develop critical markets, dismantle trade barriers and serve U.S. grain producers and their customers overseas.

Chart of Note: Healthy Start for U.S. Ethanol in 2016/2017 Marketing Year

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).

Chart Of Note: Members of DR-CAFTA Set New Trade Records in 2015/2016

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.

USGC, Partners Build Relationships With Colombian Ethanol Industry

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its domestic partners, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy, traveled to Colombia last week to cultivate relationships with the local ethanol industry and build support for increasing demand.

MAIZALL, USTR Urge Cooperation on Biotech Trade at Global Agribusiness Forum

U.S. farmer-leaders of MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, spoke at the 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this week, calling on the agriculture sectors and governments of major producing and exporting countries to work together to solve the challenges hindering the advancement and adoption of new production technologies.

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