USGC And USDA Explore Future Of Ethanol Exports To India

Ethanol delegation of USDA India mission

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently participated in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agricultural trade mission to India, led by new Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. As part of that mission, the Council led an ethanol delegation that included Council members and ethanol industry association leaders. 

Landmark Dairy Agreement Expands USGC Programming In India

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), the largest dairy cooperative in India, beginning work to revolutionize the current model of dairy calf rearing in India and marking the most aggressive form of USGC programming in that country to date.

USDA, USGC, Growth Energy and RFA Participate in Clean Energy Mission to India

A team of U.S. ethanol industry representatives led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse traveled to India last week to discuss opportunities for developing clean energy solutions, technologies and policies.

Seven representatives from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) as well as USDA participated in the mission, which was aimed at strengthening the level of cooperation and coordination between the ethanol industries of the two countries.

Corn Market Update: Estimates and Futures for 2015

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report (WASDE) out this week showed a U.S. corn crop for the 2014/2015 marketing year of almost 361 million metric tons (14.2 billion bushels), with yields projected at 10.7 tons per hectare (171 bushels per acre).

The latest yield and production estimates represent a slight reduction from previous estimates, but both remain at historic levels. The 2014/2015 marketing year will again offer another large crop for export.

WTO Bali Ministerial Agreement in Jeopardy

World Trade Organization (WTO) members failed last week to overcome objections from India that vetoed the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), an integral part of the WTO Ministerial agreement adopted last December. Ignoring the commitments it made at the Bali ministerial, India insisted that a permanent agreement must be reached on public stockholding for food security purposes before it would sign on to the TFA.

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