USDA Leading U.S. Ethanol Trade Mission To Mexico

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Melissa Kessler, mkessler@grains.org; Rachel Gantz, rgantz@ethanolrfa.org; and Michael Frohlich, mfrohlich@growthenergy.org 

WASHINGTON - USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse is leading a U.S. ethanol mission to Mexico on May 24-25 to explore trade opportunities between the two countries.

The mission participants include representatives from the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council who will attend meetings with government officials, legislators and the Mexican private industry.

As USDA explained, mission members will share their experiences with both ethanol production and the development of renewable fuels policies, with the goal of demonstrating how Mexico can implement its own renewable fuels program.

As They Consider Reform, USGC Talks Ethanol With Mexican Policymakers

As Mexico works to implement energy reforms, the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) staff there has been working to educate end-users and energy policymakers on the advantages of using ethanol as an oxygenate in fuel.

Last year, Pemex announced its plan to introduce a first-ever pilot program to blend gasoline with ethanol. Since then, it has awarded a few contracts to local ethanol plants, though the relatively small-scale Mexican ethanol industry makes imports seem necessary to meet the country’s immediate fuel ethanol blending needs. This will likely create new opportunities for U.S. exports of ethanol to the market.

USGC Study Demonstrates New Value for Corn Distiller's Oil in Poultry

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) research project conducted in conjunction with North Carolina State University has successfully demonstrated the added value of carotenoid pigments, a naturally occurring pigment used to enhance egg color and the skin color of broilers, from including corn distiller’s oil in poultry rations.

This is important as many poultry consumers around the world prefer a yellow-skinned chicken and a dark yellow egg yolk.

NAFTA Creating Impactful Trading Opportunities for U.S. Corn, Sorghum and Barley Producers

More than 20 years after its implementation, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has helped boost agricultural trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

With Mexico, trade has broadened to the point that the country is now the second largest market for U.S. corn, a consistent market for U.S. sorghum, the top market for U.S. barley and the second largest market for U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

Mexico Program Looks for New Opportunities In Beer Industry

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Marketing Specialist in Mexico Javier Chavez along with Dr. Paul Schwarz from North Dakota State University and Steven Edwardson, North Dakota Barley Council executive administrator, hosted a seminar this week to provide technical and market information about U.S. barley malt to Garjales, the largest malting plant for CUAMOC-Heineken in Mexico.

The workshop’s main focus was to examine beer industry and recent grain market trends, including past barley production experiences and future options.

Mexico Interest In Sorghum Strong Despite Tight World Market

Attending the 2015 APPAMEX North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) Forum last week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) representatives were peppered with questions about China, sorghum and the likely implications for Mexican buyers, showing strong interest the commodity despite China’s recent buying surge and its effect on world prices.

Attending the event on behalf of the Council were Julio Hernandez, USGC director in Mexico; Mike Dwyer, USGC chief economist; and Alvaro Cordero, USGC manager of global trade.

“Mexican end-users are intrigued by how China now controls the sorghum market, and they wonder what to expect in the next few months,” Hernandez said.

Video: Kansas Corn CEO Reflects on Mexico Ethanol Mission

Last week, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Foreign Ag Service (FAS) teamed up to lead a mission of U.S. ethanol industry representatives to Mexico to explore potential in that market. One mission member, Greg Krissek, CEO of Kansas Corn, reflected on his recent mission in this video.

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