News & Events
The release of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report has become a globally anticipated event. Within days of its release, the Council started presenting the annual report’s findings to customers in overseas markets to provide them the critical information they need to make informed purchases and build confidence in the quality of this year’s U.S. corn crop.
Nine U.S. farmers learned firsthand about their customers’ perspectives and studied U.S. export competitors during the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Grain Export Mission (GEM) last month. The participants returned from this mission with a clearer understanding of the challenges, opportunities and competition U.S. grains face in the international marketplace.
Marking 15 years with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Kurt Shultz said it’s the challenges that keep him working to expand export markets.
“The Council has always challenged me in the positions I’ve had,” said Shultz, now USGC director of global strategies.
“I started out as a manager of international operations, and I was given a lot of responsibility – much more than I would ever have expected – and each position since has brought new challenges. It’s been a rewarding environment.”
Two groups of farmers recently experienced a unique opportunity to see both a U.S. grain customer country and competitor market country during the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Grain Export Mission (GEM), held Nov. 30 to Dec. 13.
One group composed of U.S. barley and sorghum producers traveled to Mexico and Argentina, where they met with contacts looking to expand their businesses in part by using U.S. grains.
Farmers currently participating in the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Grain Export Mission (GEM) are taking part in a unique opportunity to see the global market in which they work from the eyes of both customers and competitors.
Two groups of mission participants departed early this week for South America, each visiting a competitor country and a U.S. customer country. GEM participants are observing local conditions, trade opportunities and constraints, as well as sharing with foreign contacts insights about producing coarse grains in the United States.
This week’s U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates how exports of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have shifted from China to other countries in recent months.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has partnered with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) to assess how best to promote ethanol exports as part of overseas market development efforts.
Already this year, the Council and its partners have completed two market assessment missions to help plan future work in this area. The first mission, to Japan and Korea, took place last month, while the second was recently completed in Peru and Panama.
A joint team representing the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy visited Peru this week to assess the potential for U.S. ethanol exports to that country. The ethanol study team was part of a broader trade mission hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to determine how the U.S. ethanol sector can fit into Peru’s energy portfolio.
Since the establishment of a regional office in Panama four years ago, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has been implementing technical activities to promote corn co-products in Ecuador, resulting in several major feed companies using or running trials with distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
The feed industry in Ecuador faces difficulties due to high raw material costs, which must be overcome by seeking competitive prices and the use of alternative feed ingredients such as DDGS.
This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) chart of note illustrates the 177 percent increase in U.S. corn exports to the Western Hemisphere in the 2013/2014 marketing year, which ran Sept. 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2014, over the 2012/2013 marketing year.