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Using Market Assess Program (MAP) funds, the U.S. Grains Council hosted an eight-person team from Turkey to Export Exchange 2016, held in October 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. The team included representatives from six major feed grain importing companies who visited corn producers, ethanol plants and major grain exporters in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Using Market Assess Funds (MAP), the U.S. Grains Council hosted more than 200 international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and related products from more than 35 countries for Export Exchange 2016, meeting with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the corn, sorghum, barley and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) value chains.
Utilizing Market Access Program (MAP) funds, the U.S. Grains Council’s Mexico office has invested in marketing U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubes (DDGS) through feeding trials in southeast Mexico, growing this market by nearly 70 percent between 2015 and 2016.
Utilizing Market Access Program (MAP) funds, and partnering with Kansas State University, Texas Sorghum Producers, Kansas Sorghum, and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, the U.S. Grains Council sorghum promotion efforts in China have generated more than 12 million metric tons of sorghum sales since June 2015.
Utilizing Market Access Program (MAP) funding, the U.S. Grains Council conducted an intensive promotion of the use of white food-grade sorghum as a gluten-free food ingredient for the Japanese market.
Japanese consumers are increasingly focused on healthy alternative food products, and the Council has responded to this market opportunity by promoting U.S. white sorghum. The health food market in Japan demands a premium price and offers an additional, value-added market for U.S. sorghum producers.
The U.S. Grains Council sponsored a 12-member Korean feed grains buyer team to the United States for Export Exchange 2016 program, resulting in more than $9 million in grain sales.
Using Market Assess Program (MAP) funds, the U.S. Grains Council hosted a six-person team from Saudi Arabia to the biennial Export Exchange, held in October in Detroit, Michigan. The team included representatives of major feed grain importing companies in Saudi Arabia who visited corn producers, ethanol plants and major grain exporters in South Dakota and Michigan prior to participating in the main conference.
Using Market Access Funds (MAP), the U.S. Grains Council has taken advantage of a market opportunity and aggressively promoted U.S. corn to major grain importers in Algeria.
History was made in 2016 in Bangladesh’s feed industry, thanks to resources provided by the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program being used in that country by the U.S. Grains Council.
There, the Council invested approximately $150,000 of MAP funds in programming and educational activities, beginning in 2014. By 2016, U.S.-origin corn found its way to the shores of Bangladesh for the first time in history, with total sales worth $17 million, for a return on investment (ROI) of $113 for every $1 invested.
Canada is a vital market for U.S. feed grains and co-products due to its proximity to the U.S. corn production area and ethanol plants along the northern border of the United States. In the most recent marketing year, the United States’ northern neighbor was the seventh-largest U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) export destination and the ninth-largest U.S. corn export market destination.
Despite these numbers, Canada’s imports have been on a steady decline in imports since 2010, largely due to the market effects of China’s surge in DDGS demand.