News & Events
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) showcased the agricultural export markets of Malaysia and the Philippines to members of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development program, also known as I-LEAD, this week during a mission to the region.
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.
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.
By Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia
In recent months, India has become a major importer of U.S. ethanol - the sixth largest buyer for January through November of 2015. Now, the country appears to be in the market for corn.
Activities in Europe and India last week gave members of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners in ethanol export promotion new opportunities to demonstrate the value of U.S. ethanol as a clean-burning source of fuel for consumers globally.
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.
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.