Adel Yusupov, now the U.S. Grains Council regional director for Southeast Asia, first came to the Council 10 years ago as a summer intern.
"He was a remarkably smart guy, a fast learner and a hard worker," remembers Mike Callahan, who headed the Council's Asia programs at the time. "He showed a real aggressive spirit to get things done, and he had a good personality to get along with a wide variety of folks."
Julius Schaaf, USGC chairman, makes a similar assessment: "He's an ambitious, talented person who wants to get things done, always helpful and always very organized."
By: Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council regional director in Southeast Asia
The strength of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports have been bright spot in a tough year for U.S. feed grains, with especially strong export growth in Southeast Asia setting the pace. Through the first half of calendar year 2013, total U.S. DDGS exports are up 6 percent. In Southeast Asia, however, growth clocked in at 9 percent, with major gains in Thailand (up 53 percent) and Indonesia (up 42 percent) more than offsetting declines in Malaysia and the Philippines. Overall, U.S. exports to the region were up 605,000 metric tons.
Nearly 421,000 metric tons of U.S. feed grains, including soybeans, wheat, corn and corn co-products, were sold and/or negotiated during the 10th Southeast Asia U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference held last month. The total sales valued at more than $150 million.
The U.S. Grains Council held a set of regional two-day workshops, titled, "Advanced Information on Nutrition and Technology", in Indonesia and Thailand earlier this month. More than 100 poultry, swine and feed company representatives attended from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines.
Thanks in large part to the U.S. government's Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, approximately 775,000 metric tons of U.S. agricultural products, valued at more than $267 million, were sold and or negotiated at the 7th Southeast Asia Grain Transportation Conference.
By Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for Southeast Asia
Usage of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in the Philippines has increased over the years; during 2012 the Philippines imported 164, 526 metric tons, up 12.75 percent from 2011. But there remains potential for growth, and the U.S. Grains Council is continuing to promote U.S. DDGS usage in various regions throughout the country.
In just its second year, the U.S. Grains Council's Corn Harvest Quality Report is scoring important points for U.S. producers with appreciative foreign buyers. Released on December 7, the Harvest Report is available online and has already been presented to potential buyers and other interested parties in more than 10 major markets around the world, with more briefings on tap.
During the 9th Southeast Asia U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference held last month, 1.245 million metric tons of U.S. agricultural products valued at nearly 560 million dollars was sold and or negotiated. The conference was conducted jointly between the U.S. Grains Council, American Soybean Association-International Marketing, United Soybean Board, and U.S. Wheat Associates. Sales of corn and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) totaled 390,000 metric tons.
Soon to be the world's most populous country, India faces serious long term food challenges. With a booming economy producing new economic muscle Indian grain-buyers and marketers are looking to expand their businesses – and some key players are looking to the U.S.