Grain Conferences In Thailand, Vietnam Highlight U.S. Advantage

Representatives from the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) office in Southeast Asia participated in two regional conferences this month to provide context, industry insights and actionable market intelligence to customers of U.S. agricultural commodities.

As trade in food and feed ingredients continues to increase to meet rising demand, risks and opportunities will also invariably increase, making this type of one-to-one outreach and the information USGC can provide even more valuable.

U.S. Corn Feeding Malaysian Chickens As Market Returns To U.S. Origin

Malaysians eat a lot of chicken - upwards of 110 pounds per year per person. More of those chickens will soon be eating U.S. corn thanks to the arrival of a 68,100 metric ton (2.68 million bushels) bulk shipment last week, the second shipment received from U.S. origin recently following a five-year purchasing hiatus. 

USG Multimedia Essay: Cracking the Coconut Opens Training Center In India

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) officers and key staff traveled throughout India and Myanmar last month to examine the potential for development and U.S. grain sales in those growing and complex markets.

USGC Chairman Chip Councell, a farmer from Maryland, and Vice Chairman Deb Keller, a farmer from Iowa, also had the opportunity to help open a new dairy research and training facility in Kaira District with a uniquely Indian tradition of cracking the coconut before revealing a plaque naming the building.

Asia Subcontinent Exchange Brings U.S. Sellers to Buyers in Booming Region

In the shadows of Mt. Everest, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) recently held the inaugural Asia Subcontinent Trade Exchange as a forum for business networking and deal-making between U.S. sellers and regional buyers.

More than 100 attendees were part of the inaugural event that showcased the nations of South Asia, consisting of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

High-Level Southeast Asian Team Sees U.S. Corn Production, Shows Interest in Imports

A delegation led by Malaysia's Minister of Agriculture Dato Sri Ahd Shabery Bin Cheek recently traveled to the U.S. Midwest and Pacific Northwest to become better acquainted with the corn supply chain and understand how a bushel of grain moves from the field to feed mill.

"Currently, Malaysia adopts single source corn origination, which can be very problematic in the event of supply shocks and other market disruptions," said USGC Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia Kevin Roepke, who is based in Kuala Lumpur.

Southeast Asia Trade Team Kick Starts Ethanol Blending Strategic Discussions

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a team of automobile manufacturers, ethanol policy regulators, fuel distributors, and ethanol producers from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in the gasoline pool.

As Thailand has already gone to a nationwide ethanol blending program, with almost 50 percent of retail outlets offering E20, Thai automobile producers were central to the team's work and able to share their experiences and successes with higher blend rates with colleagues from other countries.

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