News & Events
Aquaculture is a growing sector of agriculture worldwide, with nearly 1 billion people depending on fish as their primary protein source. Even though concerns over sustainability, overfishing and cost of production have complicated the development of more commercial aquaculture operations, the industry continues to look forward.
To help meet the growing demand for fish worldwide, in March 2015 the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) began two independent aquaculture feeding trials using distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in Vietnam.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently led an assessment mission of feed technology, animal nutrition and trading industry professionals to develop a roadmap for program engagement in Vietnam and Thailand.
Growth of aquaculture operations meant to help meet customer demand from the one billion people who rely on fish as their primary protein source is also encouraging diversification of feed ingredients, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and soy.
Pressure on wild fish stocks is a constant concern, making aquaculture one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Asia accounts for nearly 90 percent of global aquaculture production.
U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and consultants recently crisscrossed Vietnam’s famous Mekong River Delta to begin a historic undertaking for distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), launching two independent aqua feeding DDGS trials in March.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) took center stage at a trade symposium held in Singapore this month, with more than 200 companies from dozens of countries represented in discussions about the future outlook of feed grain trade within the region.
After last year’s tumultuous trade interruptions with China, several speakers focused renewed attention on risk management in the global market.
The United States and New Zealand last week requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine Indonesia’s restrictions on several categories of agricultural imports. This action follows the failure of bilateral consultations over the last three years to find a solution. U.S. horticultural and animal products are primarily affected by Indonesia’s challenged practices.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce that five of its international offices have launched websites, including three since the beginning of the year.
The offices and there web addresses are as follows:
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) led a delegation of industry leaders representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy to the Philippines this week to assess factors contributing to the large exports of U.S. ethanol to Southeast Asia and evaluate future opportunities for growth.
The Philippines represents one of the few markets in the world that is truly short on ethanol. Last year, the country imported 194 million liters (51 million gallons) of U.S. ethanol, making it the second largest market for the product after Canada.
During last month’s Export Exchange program in Seattle and associated pre- and post-tours, Council staff discovered that some end-users in Southeast Asia are still learning how to adjust to the newer, low-oil distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) now reaching the market. Many are limiting inclusion rates to dampen the effects of nutrient composition variability from different DDGS producers.
By: Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia
Delegates from South and Southeast Asia, a region which includes some of the world’s fastest growing economies, recently had the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of U.S. agricultural technologies, logistics and production outlooks during a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) led trade team tour associated with Export Exchange 2014.