Seven feed millers and one swine producer, each from different parts of Japan and relatively new to their industries, participated in a trade team visit to Iowa and South Dakota in October organized by the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) office in Japan.
Tim Tierney joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as director of strategic marketing/ethanol, North Asia, on Monday. Based in Signapore, this new position will seek to capitalize on longstanding relationships as well as emerging opportunities for biofuels in North Asia.
Tierney’s position reflects efforts to build and align global resources for the Council's work to capture near-term demand for U.S. feed grain sales and build long-term demand for ethanol among global customers.
Building on decades of successful market development work in Japan, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted this month a team of newer customers from the Japanese corn processing and feed milling industries to learn firsthand about the U.S. corn industry.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Evercorn as a new member.
Evercorn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan Corn Starch Co., Ltd. Evercorn procures corn for Japan Corn Starch, which uses the corn for wet milling.
Japan is one of the largest and most loyal markets for U.S. feed grains, often the top purchaser of U.S. corn as well as an important buyer of U.S. sorghum, barley and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Since opening an office there in 1961 - just one year after the organization’s founding - the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has worked closely with Japanese grain buyers and end-users to develop their industry to serve increasing demand for meat, milk and eggs. Today, that work is led by Tommy Hamamoto, who discusses the priorities for his office here.
The 2017 U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team season is in full swing with more than two dozen teams from around the world scheduled to traverse U.S. farm states throughout the summer and fall.
Exports are brokered across continents, but customers still appreciate the opportunity to talk face-to-face with their suppliers – particularly U.S. farmers.
Japanese diets may not match those of U.S. farmers, but the push for healthy foods in Japan is creating a small and growing high-value market for U.S. food barley.
Newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump has already followed through with key campaign promises related to trade policy - moves that have rightfully caused concern among grain farmers whose price is being supported by robust export sales of this year.