News & Events
By: Cary Sifferath, Senior Director of Global Programs, U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted in the U.S. Midwest a trade team from Saudi Arabia made up of feed grain importers and end-users. During their travels, members of the team learned how U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are produced and sold worldwide, which is part of an effort to regain and maintain U.S. market share of Saudi grain imports.
By: Luis Bustamante, U.S. Grains Council Marketing Specialist for the Western Hemisphere
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted a team of Latin American barley purchasers and craft brew production managers to Mexico this week to learn more about the global market for barley, long-term purchasing strategies and the Council’s work to help buyers source U.S. barley.
Barley is a versatile and useful crop with applications ranging from feed and food production to beverage manufacturing. In the United States, it is grown mostly in the northern states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and barley farmers alike are reporting a successful 2015 crop based on favorable weather conditions in the growing region. USDA’s July crop production forecast estimated total barley production at 4.5 million metric tons (206.7 million bushels).
Sorghum, also known as milo, represents the third-largest cereal grain grown in the United States. Even though grain sorghum is grown in a relatively small geographic area of the United States, production is on the rise because of increased demand. In its June acreage report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA’s NASS) estimated planted grain sorghum acres at 8.84 million (3.58 million hectares), an 11 percent increase from its March report and a 24 percent increase compared to 2014.
For U.S. farmers, the month of August is harvest time for barley and a time to monitor corn and sorghum crops and prepare equipment for harvest.
Lacey Ridge Farms in Minnesota began harvesting barley July 21 and finished the first week of August. Once harvested, barley is stored in bins on the farm where the family can check moisture levels and dry it as needed.
Iowa corn farmer Jim Greif is preparing his on-farm drying and storage bins for the upcoming harvest. He is performing performance tests on the drying equipment and cleaning out the storage bins.
Corn (or maize, as it is known throughout much of the world) is the most widely-produced feed grain in the United States. In mid-July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated planted corn acreage at 88.897 million acres (35.9 million hectares), which translates to an estimated total corn supply of 13.7 billion bushels (348 million metric tons). Corn consistently makes its way into rations for beef and dairy cattle, poultry, swine, aquaculture and companion pets because of its high energy content and its availability.
Successful livestock management is dependent in large part upon meeting the nutritional needs of animals by feeding properly formulated diets. There are six basic classes of nutrients that must be considered in ration formulation: water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Three U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) delegates – Randy Ives of Gavilon; Ray Defenbaugh of Big River Resources; and Stan Garbacz from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture – were honored for 10 years of service to the organization at its 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this week in Montreal, Canada.
Asked about their experiences with the Council, the three told different stories but were unanimous in recognizing its value.
The highlight for Ives has been seeing the ethanol industry come together to meet challenges from antidumping cases to biotechnology acceptance.
Jerry Wang, delegate for Living Water Integra Trade Inc., and Russ Hurlbert, delegate for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation were honored for five years of service to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) during the organization’s 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting held this week in Montreal, Canada.
For both men, their years of service to the Council have brought practical rewards.
“It’s been an excellent experience working with the Council, and especially with the value-added Advisory Team (A-Team),” Wang said. “I learned a lot and also gave a lot of insights I have in the grain industry. The Council always listens to the members’ opinions.”