U.S. sorghum and corn may be on the menu soon for Vietnamese catfish, thanks to recent feeding trial results from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
A team representing the next generation of Chinese buyers of U.S. sorghum is traveling through Texas and Kansas this week to gain a better understanding of this year’s sorghum crop conditions and purchasing potential.
U.S. sorghum producers in Texas and Kansas are tapping into the logistical advantages of their closest international market - Mexico - during a direct sales mission organized by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP).
Pizza, pasta, bread - each may invoke images of meals shared and baker artistry, but not necessarily sorghum. A European trade team traveling to Kansas this week is aiming to re-shape these perceptions of how sorghum flour can be incorporated into iconic baked goods, expanding operations and potential sales for U.S. farmers.
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.
The fact that the United States had abundant and high-quality corn and sorghum harvests last fall is no secret, and buyers and end-users around the world are seeking more information about the quality and availability of these grains for export.
Peruvian livestock may soon feast on U.S. sorghum, thanks to work last week by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to detail the economic and nutrition advantages of the crop during a conference in Lima.
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:
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 (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).