Council Assists with Suppression of Egypt FMD Outbreak

A new strain of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is spreading throughout Egypt. As of this writing, 100,000 cattle have been infected and more than 9,000 have died. Council staff recently visited Egypt to disseminate the U.S. Grains Council's inaugural Corn Harvest Quality Report. Everyday, almost every newspaper contained an article on its front page regarding the outbreak and Egypt's transition government's reactions and responses, as reported by MENA (Middle East News Agency).

Brighter Outlook for Egyptian Livestock Sector

Lower input prices for corn, soybeans and day-old chicks compared to last year are more than offsetting a decrease in broiler and table-egg prices in Egypt. This is expected to generate better marginal profits for Egypt's poultry sector, according to Dr. Hussein Soliman, U.S. Grains Council director in Egypt.

As profits increase, higher wages and growing consumer demand in Egypt will lead to industry expansion, Soliman predicted.

USGC Director Dr. Soliman Honored for Achievements

Egypt Director Dr. Hussein Soliman

The U.S. Grains Council recently recognized Egypt Director Dr. Hussein Soliman for his 20 years of dedicated service and achievements in Developing Markets, Enabling Trade and Improving Lives.

“Dr. Soliman’s work is an outstanding example of what the Council tries to do in every market,” said Chris Corry, USGC senior director of international operations.

Jordan’s Poultry Sector Gets a Boost

High attendance numbers at the Jordan Poultry Producers Association’s (JPPA) Conference in January was a strong indication of industry development, according to Joe O’Brien, U.S. Grains Council regional director.

“This was an opportunity for the Council to target more poultry operators and educate attendees on the benefits of incorporating U.S. DDGS and sorghum in poultry rations,” O’Brien commented, later adding that the conference was a unique platform to address producer quality concerns and promote value-enhanced U.S. grain products.

Tunisia Makes Progress on Feed Testing Laboratory

The U.S. Grains Council and Ministry of Agriculture cooperative program to establish a Tunisian central laboratory for feed analysis is well underway, reported Cary Sifferath, USGC regional director.

Since moving into their building last September, the laboratory staff has grown to 13, including two technical engineers and five specialized technicians trained in grain inspection, minerals, crude fat and fiber analysis using atomic absorption spectrometry.

Export Competition Updates: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, South Africa

Ukraine exported just over 2 million metric tons of grain in December, of which about 1.6 million metric tons (63 million bushels) was corn, according to U.S. Grains Council sources. The leading corn importers were Egypt, 252,000 tons; Spain, 350,000 tons; and Iran, 160,000 tons. Egypt, Tunisia and Spain took most of Ukraine’s wheat shipments.

Top Israeli Importers Complete Comprehensive U.S. Tour

The U.S. Grains Council hosted a high-level delegation of Israel’s leading feed grain importers for a top-to-bottom review of U.S. grain production, marketing and delivery systems.

“This was an important chance to showcase the opportunities U.S. grains offer,” explained Joe O’Brien, USGC regional director in the Middle East. “Israel has a sophisticated feed milling industry and will shift its sourcing, frequently based on prices and availability.”

USGC Director Dr. Soliman Receives 20 Years of Service Plaque

The U.S. Grains Council recently recognized Egypt Director Dr. Hussein Soliman for his 20 years of dedicated service and achievements in Developing Markets, Enabling Trade and Improving Lives.


"Dr. Soliman's work is an outstanding example of what the Council tries to do in every market," said Chris Corry, USGC senior director of international operations.

Breakthrough in Saudi Subsidy List Opens Door for US Imports

Culminating years of U.S. Grains Council efforts, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has added corn gluten feed (CGF) and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to its import feed ingredient subsidy list, creating a strong incentive for sales. It also increased the subsidy for sorghum, a step expected to lead to more sorghum inclusion.

Jordan First to Import US DDGS in the Middle East

Historically, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has been an unknown product throughout Jordan and the Middle East. Promotion of DDGS in the Middle East has two significant obstacles. Ethanol has been viewed with suspicion as a possible competitor to Middle Eastern oil and DDGS seen as an offshoot of the forbidden alcohol trade. However, two years of marketing efforts by U.S. grain farmers, bolstered by Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program funds, have raised the positive profile of U.S. DDGS in the region.

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