News & Events
By: Clover Chang, U.S. Grains Council Director in Taiwan
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has made progress this year towards encouraging U.S. barley’s food application for diabetics and coronary heart disease patients in Taiwan. This program is part of an ongoing effort to promote U.S. barley containing beta-glucan as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.
A team of U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and two ethanol industry representatives traveled to Japan, Korea and Taiwan last month to review the ethanol markets in these countries and evaluate potential for ongoing U.S. ethanol export promotion programs in the region.
The team visited quasi-governmental organizations, government agencies, industry experts and representatives to both network and discuss possible in-roads for U.S. ethanol.
Taiwanese buyers and end-users hear the Council’s presentation of its 2015/2016 Corn Harvest Quality Report. Jan. 19, 2016.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) co-sponsored the Poultry Farm Disease Prevention Conference in Taiwan last month in an effort to provide Taiwanese livestock producers with a forum to discuss methods of maximizing domestic poultry and egg production.
“This once-a-year conference for the poultry industry in Taiwan focuses on helping producers improve production efficiency, network to exchange market information and enhance their relationships with major producers, researchers, professors and government officials,” said USGC Director in Taiwan Clover Chang.
By: Manuel Sanchez, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Trade
Earlier this month, I visited Taiwan as part of a trade servicing mission with the main objective of gaining familiarity with local feed grain buyers and a deeper understanding of the local market environment.
Our long-term strategy in Taiwan is to sustain relationships with policymakers and industry leaders in order to preserve U.S. market share as well as to help facilitate the resolution to problems that may arise. We want to help ensure the maximum efficiency of domestic meat, milk and egg production. All of this will help our customers there be profitable and reinforce that food security can best be achieved through trade.
A Taiwanese delegation of grain buyers and other industry members visited the United States this week to sign letters of intent for grain purchases in Washington, D.C., and throughout the Grain Belt, part of a biennial visit meant to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.
The group began in Washington, where representatives from the U.S. and Taiwanese grains industries signed letters of intent committing to nearly $3 billion in total sales.
A Taiwanese delegation in Washington, D.C., this week will sign a letter of intent with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) committing to purchase 5 million metric tons (197 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 0.5 million tons of U.S. corn co-products valued at $1.23 billion by 2017 as part of the Taiwanese Agricultural Goodwill Mission. The letter is evidence of Taiwan’s commitment to strengthening trade ties and maintaining the well-established partnership between the United States and Taiwan.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) last month continued its promotional efforts for U.S. food barley exports to Taiwan by hosting a 2015 Healthy Barley Food Creative Contest. The event was organized in cooperation with the China Grain Products Research and Development Institute (CGPRDI), Taiwan Barley Products Industry Association (TBPIA) and a group of commercial companies.
Taiwan is coping with widespread damage including power outages, deaths, injuries and agricultural losses in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor, which hit the island nation on Aug. 8.
Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) estimated a total of $103.9 million ($3.34 billion NT) and 42,261 hectares (104,429 acres) in losses and crops affected. The damage is due to the torrential rainfall and winds that reached 133 to 149 kilometers per hour, measuring to level 13 winds on the Beaufort wind force scale, which measures wind speed in relation to conditions at sea or on land.