Ethanol Activities In South Korea, Vietnam Highlight Importance Of Policy’s Role In Trade

Brian Healy, USGC manager of ethanol export market development, discusses potential for ethanol in South Korea.

Developing markets for U.S. ethanol involves a complex combination of trade policy and marketing work. Two U.S. Grains Council (USGC) activities this past week aimed to not only provide insights on ethanol policy development with a role for trade, but also exchange information with government officials, traders and even consumers about the environmental, health and economic benefits of increased ethanol use. 

Free Trade, Relationships Key To Market Competitiveness In South Korea

Recent events in foreign policy and the ongoing conversation about the value of U.S. trade agreements have put a spotlight on South Korea as a close U.S. ally and an important customer for U.S. products, including grains. 

South Korea is now the fifth largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, totaling $6.2 billion in purchases in 2016. The country was the fourth largest importer of both U.S. corn and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as well as the seventh largest importer of U.S. barley in the 2015/2016 marketing year. 

Sharing the 2013/14 US Corn Quality Report’s Findings Overseas

Corn Quality Rollout

The U.S. Grains Council recently released its 2013/2014 U.S. Corn Harvest Quality Report, which is intended to provide reliable, timely and transparent information on the quality of U.S. corn at harvest. This is the third year the Council has generated this report and the results are highly anticipated by overseas customers. The Council has begun conveying the report's findings of record production, high quality and minor weather-related impacts, to overseas audiences, starting in Taiwan and Korea.

Shooting for the Rebound: Korean Feed Grain Seminar Prompts US Purchasing Strategies

Shooting for the Rebound: Korean Feed Grain Seminar Prompts US Purchasing Strategies

By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea

Korea is a highly sophisticated market with the ability to diversify sourcing and reformulate rations in response to pricing. Following the 2012 drought when U.S. coarse grain prices were uncompetitive, the Korean market therefore responded swiftly with a significant drop in U.S. market share.

Officers Mission to Cover Key Issues in Korea, China, Japan

The U.S. Grains Council's 2013 Officers Mission heads to Korea, China and Japan, March 18-28, where attendees will visit with key customers and end users, providing details and receiving feedback on the U.S. 2012-13 corn crop.

"Ever since the drought took hold last year, we've been getting questions. It's important to service these customers, present our harvest quality report, listen to their concerns and share our thoughts for the upcoming crop year," said Tom Sleight, USGC president and CEO.

USGC, NCGA Officers to Visit China, Korea, Japan

The U.S. Grains Council is preparing for its Officers Mission - along with the National Corn Growers Association - to meet with customers in Japan, Korea and China. USGC Chairman Don Fast says this mission is extremely important for U.S. grains because of competition for these markets from other countries - such as Argentina, Brazil, the Ukraine and India. USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight agrees this mission is critical.

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