The Bolivian government announced its intention to establish an ethanol blend mandate during a December seminar conducted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
Bolivian Vice President Garcia Linera made the announcement during closing remarks at the event, reporting the government’s decision to implement an ethanol blend mandate starting at 10 percent in 2018 with goals of mid-level blends in coming years.
Ecuador’s imports of U.S. distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) increased 296 percent year-over-year to 22,200 metric tons in 2016/2017, the direct result of the U.S. Grains Council’s work (USGC) to introduce the feed grains co-product to the nation’s livestock sector.
The Ecuadorian government has a corn self-sufficiency policy, though in the past few years, the local corn crop has not been enough to cover domestic demand, resulting in expensive prices for local corn and the government issuing limited import permits.
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.
By Kurt Shultz, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Americas
By Kurt Shultz, USGC Regional Director in Latin America
In the process of growing Mexico into the United States’ second-largest market for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), the U.S. Grains Council has transformed Mexico into a powerful international showcase for the benefits of U.S. DDGS utilization. As the Council works to increase DDGS market share in Latin America and throughout the world, it is certainly helpful to point to ongoing successes where high-quality U.S. DDGS has been embraced.