The World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this week did not result in major outcomes that will guide the future of the global trade body but did offer a strong statement of support for farmers’ access to the best available technology and a useful backdrop for a business meeting of MAIZALL, the international maize alliance.
China is a complex but influential market for U.S. grains and the products made with them. Below is a Q & A with U.S. Grains Council (USGC) China Director Bryan Lohmar on his offices' work, what is happening on current issues and the long-term future for the partnership between U.S. farmers and Chinese importers.
New engagement by U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and members in South Africa over the past year has helped achieve export victories there, with recent sales of U.S. sorghum and biotechnology trait approvals that will allow imports of U.S. corn.
In 2015 and 2016, as a result of El Nino, the country suffered a severe drought, leading its feed industry to import U.S. corn for the first time in almost a decade. South Africa uses both yellow corn for animal feed and white corn for a staple food known locally as pap or mieliepap.
South Africa's government announced this week it is eliminating import restrictions on some biotech corn products, likely opening it for additional imports of U.S. corn.
The list of products, or events as they are described by the scientific community, announced by the country's Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) that were previously ineligible for import includes several grown by U.S. corn producers either in single-event varieties or stacked varieties.
A team of Japanese regulators involved in food, feed and environmental approvals for new biotechnology traits recently visited the United States to meet with U.S. government regulators, seed companies, industry organizations and corn producers to see how they work together to manage events in the commercial corn supply.
This week, key members of the Japanese media traveled across the United States to learn about corn production, ethanol and how biotechnology and other production innovations are helping U.S. farmers feed and fuel the world sustainably.
By: Melissa Kessler, U.S. Grains Council Director of Communications
What is sustainability? And how do we know when we have achieved it - if it is even something that can be declared "achieved" in a field quite literally evolving all the time?
Those were the central questions for the more than 175 agriculture-focused journalists and communicators from more than 30 countries who converged last week for the annual conference of the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists (IFAJ) in and around Bonn, Germany.
U.S. farmer-leaders of MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, spoke at the 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this week, calling on the agriculture sectors and governments of major producing and exporting countries to work together to solve the challenges hindering the advancement and adoption of new production technologies.
The first and second installments of a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) video series chronicling the 2016 U.S. corn growing season are now available online, highlighting pre-planting decisions and planting progress on farms in Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Most U.S. farmers began making their decisions for next year's growing season well before the crop year begins.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) combined forces this week for a series of meetings in Brussels to raise concerns about delays in approvals for soybean and corn biotech events and exhorting the need for a predictable, transparent and science-based regulatory system in the European Union.