Vietnam Pork Prices Up 30 Percent In Last Two Months, Spurring Demand For U.S. DDGS

By Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director For South And Southeast Asia

China’s recent pork shortage is reverberating around the world and especially in its southern neighbor, Vietnam, contributing to record pork prices and an increasingly insatiable appetite for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in that market.

Landmark Dairy Agreement Expands USGC Programming In India

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), the largest dairy cooperative in India, beginning work to revolutionize the current model of dairy calf rearing in India and marking the most aggressive form of USGC programming in that country to date.

With TPP On The Horizon, New Zealand Officials Visit United States For SPS Overview

A team of New Zealand government officials recently traveled to Iowa, Louisiana and Washington, D.C., to study the U.S. grain export system and to explore ways to streamline their protocols to allow more U.S. corn exports to New Zealand.

While New Zealand is not traditionally a large market for U.S. corn, buyers from that country did purchase more than 142,000 metric tons (5.59 million bushels) of U.S. corn valued at $34 million during the 2014/2015 marketing year.

Southeast Asia Grain Conference Brings Buyers, U.S. Sellers Together

The 10th Annual Asia Grain Transportation Conference held this week brought together the region’s top buyers of oilseeds, coarse grains and co-products with several of the largest U.S. exporters.

The conference was organized by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and offered both a robust agenda and outstanding networking opportunities for participants.

Grain Mission Participants Meet With Key Customers in China, the Philippines

Eleven U.S. farmers learned firsthand about their customers’ perspectives in China and the Philippines during the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Grain Export Mission (GEM) held over the last two weeks, leaving them with clearer understandings of the challenges, opportunities and competition U.S. grains face in these critical markets.

Members of the group saw the Council’s local efforts in both countries during visits to ports, feedmills, trading houses, dairies and more. They also had the opportunity to share updates on U.S. crop production, including insights into their 2016 planting decisions, during symposia with customers and end-users.

The GEM journey started in China, the world’s second largest corn producer and consumer; the top market last year for U.S. sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS); and a major feed barley importer.

USDA, USGC, Growth Energy and RFA Participate in Clean Energy Mission to India

A team of U.S. ethanol industry representatives led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse traveled to India last week to discuss opportunities for developing clean energy solutions, technologies and policies.

Seven representatives from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) as well as USDA participated in the mission, which was aimed at strengthening the level of cooperation and coordination between the ethanol industries of the two countries.

Bangladesh Imports U.S. Corn Following USGC Boots-On-The-Ground Efforts

In a historic turn of events, Bangladesh recently purchased almost 100,000 metric tons (3.9 million bushels) of U.S. corn, the largest quantity purchased by the country since 1989 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS) first began recording sales. These sales are directly attributable to U.S. Grains Council (USGC) programming and educational activities to inform Bangladeshi buyers of the current market situation.


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