Colombia: A Growing U.S. Corn Market With Potential for More

Colombia post-costa rica

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

“We need more U.S. corn” was the greeting a U.S. Grains Council-escorted team received from Eudoro Acebedo, a Colombian poultry producer.

As a growing country that is experiencing dietary shifts toward higher-value calories, Colombians are poised to eat more meat, eggs and dairy. However, the mountainous country cannot produce enough grain to meet it needs. This presents the opportunity for export growth in coarse grains and co-products.

Reaching Through Politics to Serve a Growing Importer


By: Cary Sifferath, Regional Director for Middle East and Africa, U.S. Grains Council 

My 21 years of work with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has taken me many places and into many unusual situations. Two weeks ago, an otherwise ordinary trade servicing visit planned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia took one of those unexpected turns when it was announced just hours before I boarded my flight that King Abdullah - the world’s oldest ruling monarch who oversaw a country that controls 16 percent of the world’s known oil reserves – had died.

Progress Continues in Tanzania Through Food for Progress Program

Tanzania Food for Progress

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

The U.S. Council (USGC) is becoming recognized in Tanzania as a reliable source of information and a trusted partner following the launch of its Food for Progress program in that country earlier this year. The program has made advancement towards its primary goals: promoting quality feed formulations for poultry; developing self-sufficient industry associations for poultry producers and feed manufacturers; and improving broiler and layer production through training seminars.

USGC Consultant Offers Resources at Tunisian Livestock Sector Gatherings

By: Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has been engaged in Tunisia for nearly 20 years because that market depends upon imports for all of its corn demand. Still, U.S. market share has fallen for the past three years due to competition from the Black Sea region and South America.

Hoping to help regain some of that market share, a USGC consultant who specializes in ruminant nutrition, Dr. Mustapha El Youssoufi, spoke at two conferences in Tunisia this fall. 

Seeing is Believing: Tour of Indiana Reinforces Business Ties For Taiwanese Buyers

By: Kimberly Atkins, U.S. Grains Council Director of Global Programs

Taiwan is an important export market for U.S. coarse grains and their value-added products like distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). U.S. market share in the country has declined in recent years due to competition from South America but recovered sharply during the 2013/2014 marketing year. A top priority for the U.S. Grains Council in 2015 is sustaining demand and high U.S. market share in this vital market.

Building Contacts between U.S. Suppliers and Fast Growing Economies

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. 

USGC Conducts Webinar for Korean Poultry Nutritionists and Feed Formulators


By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea
Although almost 80 percent of Korean mixed feed manufacturers have tried U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in livestock and poultry diets, they have not continuously used the products. A few of them have incorporated it into their feed formulations, but with a lack of experience with the nutritional value of DDGS, they are hesitant to use the product in their rations.