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.

Egypt Expands Imports of DDGS

Egyptian purchases of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) reached 21,879 metric tons in the first quarter of calendar year 2011 – a major increase over the 12,348 tons imported at this time a year ago – and Dr. Hussein Soliman, U.S. Grains Council director in Egypt, believes imports could reach 350,000 metric tons by 2020.

This belief reflects the Council’s success on several fronts, from introducing DDGS use to multiple animal sectors to encouraging more U.S. grain and co-products suppliers to offer DDGS to their Egyptian customers.

Egypt Expands Imports of DDGS

Egyptian purchases of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) reached 21,879 metric tons in the first quarter of calendar year 2011 – a major increase over the 12,348 tons imported at this time a year ago – and Dr. Hussein Soliman, U.S. Grains Council director in Egypt, believes imports could reach 350,000 metric tons by 2020.

This belief reflects the Council’s success on several fronts, from introducing DDGS use to multiple animal sectors to encouraging more U.S. grain and co-products suppliers to offer DDGS to their Egyptian customers.

US Corn Sales to Egypt Nearly Double Over Year Ago

Sales of U.S. corn to Egypt have been strong in recent weeks as, the country recovers from downtime and shipping delays resulting from the demonstrations and political unrest in the nation in late January and February.

Sales of 609,000 metric tons (23.9 million bushels) this week, as reported by the Foreign Agricultural Service, are up considerably from sales of 366,600 tons (14.4 million bushels) reported a year ago – yet strong sales of late are only part of the story.

US Sorghum Trials Beginning in Saudi Arabia

Three containers, or about 60 tons, of U.S. sorghum are in Saudi Arabia and ready for the commercial poultry feeding trial that the U.S. Grains Council is helping set up this week.

Alvaro Cordero, USGC manager for international operations, is in Saudi Arabia with Dr. Craig Coon, a poultry nutritionist from the University of Arkansas, to work with Arasco, the largest feed mill operator in Saudi Arabia.

Council’s Egypt Office Open, Programs Continuing

The dramatic events in Egypt over the last three weeks created some challenges for U.S. Grains Council staff and consultants based there, but the Council’s office in Cairo has re-opened and programs continue.

“While we could not keep the office open during the height of the demonstrations, we are operational now and all staff are able to come to work,” said Dr. Hussein Soliman, USGC director in Egypt.

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