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The U.S. Grains Council escorted the senior purchasing manager of the world’s largest dairy operation on a week-long travel throughout the United States, introducing him to Council members and exporters of U.S. corn. Daniel Button of Almarai, based in Saudi Arabia, came to the United States to meet suppliers and purchase U.S. corn. Button was accompanied by Alvaro Cordero, USGC manager of international operations.
As part of the U.S. Grains Council’s effort to open the Egyptian market to non-tannin grain sorghum, last week the Council tendered 60 metric tons (2,400 bushels) of the grain for commercial feed trials to be conducted this November in Egypt, a Council official said.
In November 2009, the U.S. Grains Council, in partnership with the Hammoudeh Dairy Farm, initiated a distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) feeding trial in Amman, Jordan. Results of the study, which completed last month, were “extremely satisfactory” with improvement in both daily milk production and cost savings on feed ingredients, according to Joe O’Brien, USGC regional director in the Middle East and Subcontinent.
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.
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.
In an effort to encourage local production and generate revenue for the national treasury, Syria has recently imposed import duties on corn and barley, the U.S. Grains Council has learned. The duties were originally set at $77/metric ton but have since been scaled back due to industry pressure. They are currently at $22/ton for corn and $44/ton for barley.
By Joe Zenz, Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board Inc.
Traveling on the U.S. Grains Council’s 2009 Corn Mission to Morocco, Egypt and Jordan was an eye-opening experience both from a cultural perspective and a business perspective. First and foremost, I was very impressed with the effectiveness of Council programs there and the high level of people we have working for us in those countries.
U.S. corn producers sending their corn to U.S. ethanol plants also receive added value for their crop from the derivative distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). A widely used feed ingredient in the United States, DDGS is increasingly being used in markets around the world. The U.S. Grains Council, funded by U.S. agriculture and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, conducts educational seminars and feeding trials to increase familiarity and usage of the U.S. feed ingredient.