Grain Mission Participants Visit Mexico to See Hot Grain Market, Meet Key Buyers

Seven U.S. farmers are visiting Mexico as part of the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) Grain Export Mission (GEM) to the country, a unique opportunity for new-to-the-Council members to gain a better understanding of the challenges, opportunities and competition for U.S. grains in this key market.

During the visit, participants have met with key end-users, Council partners, U.S. and local government officials and trading company representatives, among others.

Ethanol Workshop In Mexico City Offers Information, Expertise To Local Industry

Washington, D.C. - Mexican authorities considering how ethanol fits into their country's energy mix heard from U.S. researchers about air quality, lung health and other quality of life benefits and from Colombian and Paraguayan regulators about their successful implementation of biofuels programs at a recent workshop hosted by Mexico's Secretariat of Energy (SENER) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Mexico City.

Chart of Note: U.S. Feed Grains In All Forms Exports to Mexico Soar In 2015/2016

This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note shows the standout performance of U.S. exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms to Mexico over the past six years.

For marketing year 2015/2016, USGC forecasts U.S. exports of these products - including corn, barley and sorghum as well as co-products like distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and products that require these grains, like meats - to Mexico will total a record 22.7 million metric tons, up 14 percent from last year and up 30 percent since 2010/2011.

Sorghum Roadshow Aims to Engage Mexican Buyers

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently conducted a roadshow in Mexico to promote better business relationships between sorghum importers and U.S. grain cooperatives and offer potential buyers the latest information about this year's sorghum crop. 

“The tour allowed us to meet buyers face to face,” said Manuel Sanchez, USGC manager of global trade. “It’s important that we develop these relationships across the country to ensure sorghum’s continued adoption.” 

USGC Chairman Talks Ethanol With NCGA Delegates in D.C.

USGC Chairman

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners are working to aggressively promote U.S. ethanol exports with programs focused on the priority markets of China, India, Japan and Mexico, USGC Chairman Alan Tiemann told corn state stakeholders at the National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA's) Corn Congress this week in Washington, D.C.

Tiemann, a farmer from Nebraska, provided his update during the Congress' Wednesday general session, attended by NCGA delegates and farmers in town to set policy priorities before meeting with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Mexican Ethanol Producers Set Sights on Sorghum

Sorghum Trade Team

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Mexican ethanol producers visited Kansas and Texas last week as part of program designed to engage interest in U.S. sorghum for production of the biobased fuel. The program, launched in partnership with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP), gave participants the opportunity to tour facilities and learn more about the benefits of using sorghum as Mexican energy industry reforms continue.

Mexican Craft Brewers Visit The United States To Learn About U.S. Malting Barley Production

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Mexican craft brewers visited the United States recently to familiarize themselves with U.S. malting barley production and learn about new barley variety development and U.S. quality standards.

The brewing industry in Mexico is growing stronger and becoming more aggressive with many players making substantial investments in new brewing, malting and bottle manufacturing plants. These investments represent additional demand for malting barley as well as for barley malt.

U.S. Corn Sales Upswing Hits New High

This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates the recent upswing in sales of U.S. corn to countries around the globe. This is good news after months of struggling corn exports due to a strong U.S. dollar and larger-than-expected global corn supplies.

Mexico remains the top market for U.S. corn this marketing year, with Japan – the traditional top market – catching up with sales of 256,700 metric tons (10.1 million bushels) of U.S. corn this week.

International Buyers Offer Insights on Quality To U.S. Corn Growers

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) sponsored international corn buyers from Korea, Colombia and Mexico at the 2016 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) in St. Louis this week to offer them an opportunity to discuss their perspectives on corn quality with U.S. corn growers.

Corn quality is a critical component of international buyers’ purchasing decisions - and one about which USGC's global staff works to educate global corn consumers. An example of this work is the release of the Council's annual quality reports, which are unique among major corn exporters.

Ethanol Export Promotion Program Swinging Into Action Around The Globe

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners at the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) are picking up momentum on promoting U.S. ethanol exports around the globe.

Examples of the work that the group has undertaken to build demand for U.S. fuel ethanol include a workshop in Japan aimed at paving the way for new market access, close coordination with a USDA mission to Mexico focused on local policy, an upcoming workshop in Korea and a future assessment in Vietnam.

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