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.

Promoting the U.S. Brand to Saudi Grain Buyers and End-Users

By: Cary Sifferath, Senior Director of Global Programs, U.S. Grains Council  

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted in the U.S. Midwest a trade team from Saudi Arabia made up of feed grain importers and end-users. During their travels, members of the team learned how U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are produced and sold worldwide, which is part of an effort to regain and maintain U.S. market share of Saudi grain imports.

Latin American Craft Brews Create Opportunities for U.S. Barley

By: Luis Bustamante, U.S. Grains Council Marketing Specialist for the Western Hemisphere

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted a team of Latin American barley purchasers and craft brew production managers to Mexico this week to learn more about the global market for barley, long-term purchasing strategies and the Council’s work to help buyers source U.S. barley.

USGC Opens Doors for DDGS Distributors, End-Users in Southern Mexico

By: Javier Chavez, Marketing Specialist in Mexico, U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and consultants recently completed a tour of Southeast Mexico to make presentations promoting U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to 23 ranchers in Chiapas. The attendees were presidents and chairmen of local cattle producer associations and represent an estimated 1.1 million head of cattle, more than 40 percent of the total cattle in the area.

Export Sorghum Event Builds Connections With Top U.S. Customers


By: Lyndsey Erb-Sharkey, Director of Industry Relations, U.S. Grains Council

Exports are predicted to consume 77 percent of U.S. sorghum production in the 2015/2016 marketing year, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Building on this information, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) was an active participant in Export Sorghum, a two-day educational seminar held this week in Houston, Texas, for international buyers of U.S. sorghum hosted by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) and the Texas Grain Sorghum Producers.

The sorghum conference was geared toward creating networking opportunities while providing both domestic and international grain buyers with insights on sorghum markets, trade opportunities, contractual procedures and logistics.

Monopolies, Reform Policies, MTBE and U.S. Ethanol Exports

Mexico ethanol

By: Ashley Kongs, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Ethanol Export Programs

This week, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), are conducting a mission to Mexico to explore the potential ethanol market in that country. This comes on the heels of Pemex’s announcement earlier this year that it would invest 880 million pesos ($58 million USD) in infrastructure upgrades to handle and blend ethanol into gasoline in Mexico. Pemex holds a monopoly on Mexico’s gasoline market.