Dairy Cooperative Leaders from Morocco, India Meet, Share Experiences

Deep in the Anti-Atlas region of Morocco’s Sous plain, two of the world’s most cutting edge dairy cooperatives recently met for the first time. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC), with the financial and professional support of the Kansas Corn Commission, organized a technical exchange for India’s Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) and Morocco’s COPAG.  

Word From The Ground: Sustainability's Complexity Offers Lessons For Strong Communication

Word From the Ground

By: Melissa Kessler, U.S. Grains Council Director of Communications

What is sustainability? And how do we know when we have achieved it - if it is even something that can be declared "achieved" in a field quite literally evolving all the time?

Those were the central questions for the more than 175 agriculture-focused journalists and communicators from more than 30 countries who converged last week for the annual conference of the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists (IFAJ) in and around Bonn, Germany.

Tanzania Program Successfully Trains Local Poultry Producers

By: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs

Training programs that are part of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Food for Progress program in Tanzania have resulted in several success stories, with two poultry producers, Eugene Kavishe and Costa Mrema, implementing management changes based on these courses to benefit their operations.

Vietnam Pork Prices Up 30 Percent In Last Two Months, Spurring Demand For U.S. DDGS

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.

Can You Wake Me Up At 5?

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

Something many thought was unthinkable happened this April when the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) escorted grain importers, embassy officials and high-ranking officials from Cuba to the United States for a mission to examine the U.S. grain export system.

USGC Signs Administrative MOU To Help Expand Capacity In Morocco

By: Hesham Hassanein, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Poultry Federation in Morocco (FISA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last week to regulate the use of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Section 108 funds in that country. The funds will be used for USGC programs from now through 2019.

USGC Expands Promotion Of High Beta-Glucan Barley In Taiwan

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.

Update from Tanzania: New Lab Equipment Promotes Use of High-Quality Grains

By: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs

The U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) staff and consultants in collaboration with the Tanzanian Central Veterinary Laboratory’s (CVL’s) staff have reached a milestone in the Tanzania Food for Progress program with the introduction of new testing equipment in the lab.