10 Reasons Why The Western Hemisphere Offers Markets To Watch

By: Marri Carrow, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere

Next week, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) members will gather to discuss the ever changing global agricultural markets, examine the past year's successes and challenges and develop strategies for the future during the organization’s 13th International Marketing Conference and 56th Annual Membership Meeting.

Watch the Mail: Links to USGC Meeting Documents Coming to Attendees

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will be paperless for its 13th International Marketing Conference and 56th Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled for Sarasota, Florida, next month.

All meeting materials including agendas, minutes, background papers and financial reports will be available in electronic form, via the Guidebook meeting app or website.

Argentine Policy Changes Abound, Outcome Still Undetermined

By: Manuel Sanchez, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Trade

The runoff election victory in Argentina of Mauricio Macri on Nov. 22, 2015, marked the end of a 12-year regime of Presidents Cristina Fernandez and her late husband Nestor Kirchner before her. As a candidate, Macri promised to strengthen his country’s institutions, introduce more pro-business policies, structure deals with foreign creditors and realign Argentina’s foreign policy to be closer to that of the United States. He also vowed to jumpstart the economy by lifting many tariffs, lowering taxes and attracting foreign investment.

Grain Trade Watches for Impacts of Argentine Election

By: Manuel Sanchez, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Trade

Argentine farmers are keeping a close eye on the upcoming runoff elections in their country, as the outcome will have a direct impact on their bottom lines this coming harvest. Both candidates - Mauricio Macri and Daniel Scioli - in the election have expressed interest in working on policies to improve Argentina's agricultural competitiveness and to encourage farmers to boost production.

Southeast Asia Buyers Conference Facilitates $81 Million in U.S. DDGS Sales

By: Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for Southern Asia

The 12th annual Agricultural Cooperators Conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia, last month created renewed interest among buyers of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and an opportune time to network between buyers and sellers of this valuable U.S. corn co-product.

Exploring Ecuador’s Market For U.S. Co-Products

By: Luis Bustamante, USGC Marketing Specialist for the Western Hemisphere

This past week, I  presented a world corn market outlook at the Ecuadorian corn growers association’s (FENAMAIZ’s) forum that at the Technical State University of Quevedo. 

The Ecuadorian farmers, practitioners and academics who attended the forum shared their concerns with me about local farms. One concern was that most of the local farmers have switched their farmland from corn production to cocoa, pineapple, rice and yucca.

Building Connections in Taiwan’s Mature Market

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.

USGC Promotes U.S. Coarse Grains to Chinese Dairy Managers

By: Wennie Liu, U.S. Grains Council Dairy Program Manager in China

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted a team of Chinese dairy managers in the United States this week to learn firsthand about modern U.S. dairy practices from U.S. producers.

The visit included stops at large-scale U.S. dairy operations in California, the World Dairy Expo and the University of Wisconsin for a short course on modern dairy production practices. The team also visited ethanol plants, where U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are produced, and U.S. corn farms in Wisconsin.