- #3 import market for US corn in MY 2015/2016.
- DDGS important in dairy cattle diet; imports for other species depend highly on price. CGM is widely used in poultry diets.
- 3 companies dominate market with vertically integrated operations and investments.
- Local production of ethanol and restricted imports undermine U.S. sales.
- 66 TMT of U.S.
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By: Kurt Shultz, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director of the Americas
After two years of no U.S. corn exports to Peru, the competitively priced 2013 U.S. corn crop is expected to turn this around. The U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which was implemented in 2006, creates conditions where Peruvians will aggressively purchase U.S. corn in January and February of this year.
This week's U.S. Grains Council Chart of the Week shows the change the change in imports of U.S. corn from 2012 to 2013 in 14 Latin American countries. According to the USDA, the Western Hemisphere's accumulated U.S. corn imports are more than 1.7 million metric tons (67 million bushels) ahead of last year at this same time. Mexico, the second-largest U.S. corn market, is the largest contributor to this market change, importing 1 million tons (39.4 million bushels) more than last year.
By: Cesar Diaz, U.S. Grains Council marketing specialist for the Americas
As global supplies of malt barley continue to tighten, many Latin American breweries are searching for ways to manage price risks. Take SABMiller for example, one of the world's leading brewers with brewing interests in seven Latin American countries. While it currently purchases malting barley from Argentina and Canada, it recognizes the volatility of the market and is open to diversifying suppliers in order to ensure long-term competitively.
Enter the U.S. Grains Council.
By: Kurt Shultz, U.S. Grains Council regional director for the Americas
With a record corn crop filling the silos this fall, the U.S. Grains Council has been busy bringing foreign buyers to the United States to show them the crop in an effort to encourage overseas customers to shift purchasing patterns back to the United States. In the latest of many foreign delegations visiting the United States this fall, the Council this week hosted nine buyers from Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and Panama, in South Dakota, Missouri and Louisiana.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Grains Council hosted a Regional Course Grains and Co-Products Conference, where Latin American buyers and end-users were reassured of the U.S. commitment to regain a significant part of the export market to the region. Latin America is an important region for U.S. grain exporters, as the region typically imports more than 16 million metric tons (629.8 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 2.3 million tons of co-products and 900,000 metric tons (35.4 million bushels) of sorghum.
By Cesar Diaz, U.S. Grains Council Marketing Specialist for the Americas
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. That was the case for a group of Ecuadorian nutritionists and their pre conceived notions about the quality, handling, storage and purchase of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS). With the help of the U.S. Grains Council, the team of nutritionists, representing some of Ecuador's top feed companies, traveled to Costa Rica to meet with local feed producers and learn about their more than 10 years of experience using DDGS.
The U.S. Grains Council has a long history of working in challenging environments, but site visits in an armored embassy van is not usually part of the program.
After a 14 year rule as president of Venezuela, the passing of Hugo Chavez leaves the country's agricultural sector in a state of uncertainty.
U.S. Grains Council Regional Director Kurt Shultz said misguided agricultural policies have "destroyed agricultural outputs" in Venezuela.
"The country's policy of expropriating or nationalizing domestic industry has also hurt private investment and reduced the productive capacity of the private sector," said Shultz.