Market Development, Other Programs Key to Growing Exports

The United States has been in an enviable position with its ability to post an agricultural trade surplus year after year, said Jim Miller, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.

Miller, at the U.S. Grains Council’s 50th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting, said that trend will continue in fiscal year 2010, when the agricultural trade surplus is estimated to be some $28 billion, the second largest in history.

Independent Study Highlights Success of USDA, FAS Market Development Programs

From the facilitation of a buyer’s conference in Southeast Asia to spearheading feeding trials in Jordan, the U.S. Grains Council aligns its strategies with goals outlined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) as part of a shared effort to increase export opportunities for U.S. producers.

USGC Helps Stimulate Poultry Growth in Iraq through Credit Guarantee Program

After years of devastation from the 1989 and 2003 Gulf Wars, Iraq’s poultry industry is starting to undergo a revival, and local banks have actively begun to expand business with Iraqi companies. This new interest by bankers gives a boost to the credit guarantee program offered by the U.S. Grains Council.

US DDGS Exports to Southeast Asia Grow to Meet Region’s Demand

Southeast Asia’s imports of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) between January and February 2010 show a 73 percent year over year increase, the U.S. Grains Council reports. In 2009, the region imported 890,000 metric tons of the ethanol co-product, accounting for 16 percent of the United States’ total DDGS exports, an increase from 590,000 tons in 2008.

USGC Jordan DDGS Feeding Trial Commences

As part of its mission of Developing Markets, Enabling Trade, Improving Lives, the U.S. Grains Council sees tremendous export potential of the U.S. ethanol co-product, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), to the Middle East. This week, the Council, in partnership with the Hammoudeh Dairy Farm in Amman, Jordan, began the long-awaited DDGS feeding trial utilizing Hammoudeh Farm’s dairy sector.

FOB Contracting Seminars in Morocco Tout Win-Win Message for U.S., Overseas Buyers

As the agricultural trade industry sees more exporters entering the picture, the U.S. Grains Council is working to ensure U.S. corn, barley, sorghum and their co-products remain competitive. Last week, USGC Manager of International Operations Alvaro Cordero accompanied USGC Consultant Jose Alvarado to Morocco for training sessions with Moroccan and Algerian traders on Free on Board (FOB) contracting. 

Council Promotes U.S. Food Barley at Taipei International Bakery Show

More than 1,500 attendees sampled food products made from U.S. barley at the U.S. Grains Council’s booth during the Taipei International Bakery Show held last week. The Council’s booth displayed information on the healthy characteristics of high beta-glucan U.S. barley while displaying recipes of bakery products, noodles, barley tea and more, all made from American barley.

Morocco Tenders 7,000 Metric Tons of US Sorghum

As a direct result of U.S. Grains Council programs, 7,000 metric tons (276,000 bushels) of U.S. sorghum was tendered to Morocco last week for mid-March delivery. Special checkoff funds from Council member United Sorghum Checkoff Program allowed staff from CasaGrains, the Moroccan poultry feed mill and production facility that tendered the sorghum, to travel to the United States and Mexico last November to view U.S. sorghum production and use firsthand.

Export Market Development - Agenda Item for USCP

The 2010 Commodity Classic is currently underway in Anaheim, Calif., as thousands of agricultural producers, agribusinesses, legislative officials and interested parties gather from across the United States for networking and educational opportunities.

As a partial sponsor of the event, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program’s (USCP) Board of Directors met to discuss policy priorities and the future of the checkoff initiative.

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