2016/2017 Exports of Feed Grains In All Forms Up 33 Percent Year-On-Year

2016/2017 Exports of Feed Grains In All Forms Up 33 Percent Year-On-Year

U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms increased 33 percent year-over-year in the first six months of the 2016/2017 marketing year, according to recently published trade data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).

That data showed the United States exported more than 56.6 million metric tons of feed grains in all forms - a calculation that measures grain products in corn equivalent - from September 2016 to February 2017, compared to 42.5 million tons during the same time the prior marketing year.

Up-and-Coming Council Leadership Infuses Energy Into USGC

As the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recognizes long-time leaders, it’s also important to honor the up-and-coming member representatives who will form the Council's talented leadership in the future. 

Examples of this are six grower leaders with five years of service who are already making their marks through the A-teams or on the Council’s Board of Directors:

USGC’s MAP-Funded Technical Assistance Helps Spur Record U.S. Sorghum Sales to China

 U.S. sorghum exports to China are expected to reach more than 3 million tons in September-August 2013/14, approaching $1 million in value, compared to exports of 3,376 MT the previous year.  Building demand for U.S. sorghum was attractive as sorghum is not subject to a tariff rate quota restriction in China, the way corn is.  Starting in 2012, the USGC used MAP and FMD funds to assess potential demand.

Sorghum - Production and Exports

Sorghum (or milo) represents the third-largest cereal grain in the United States. Its comparative advantage is its drought tolerance; resistance to mycotoxins and fungi; and survivability in relatively harsher climatic conditions. Thusly, its production is primarily focused in a stretch of land beginning in southern Nebraska and ending at the southern tip of Texas.

Chief importers in the 2014/2015 crop year (Sept. 1 - Aug. 31) were China (97 percent) and Japan (2 percent).

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