News & Events
Trade and U.S. leadership in the global economy have been hot topics during a busy last week, including the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Canada, opening talks in modernizing the United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.
The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations ended in Montreal with no firm conclusions but with commitments to come back to the table in late February for a seventh round in Mexico City.
The sixth round of negotiations on the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is happening this week, with U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff leadership on the ground in Montreal to share the importance of NAFTA relationships to exports of U.S. coarse grains and co-products.
The U.S. Grains Council is rolling out information on the quality of the 2017 corn crop to buyers and end-users around the world, aided in many cases by U.S. farmers who are sharing their own experiences growing new crop corn.
Patricia Esqueda returned to the U.S. Grains Council as the Western Mexico Marketing Specialist as of Monday, Dec. 4.
In this role, Esqueda will promote and market U.S. corn, barley, sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the feed and livestock industry in Western Mexico, in and around Guadalajara. She will also support the Council's ethanol work in Mexico as well as feed and livestock and barley and brewery programs.
Increasing demand in Mexico could mean big business for U.S. agriculture, but U.S. farmers and agribusinesses may have to work harder to capture a share due to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The leaders of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) traveled to South Korea and Mexico this week in concurrent missions to engage with customers and government officials during a period of policy uncertainty in the U.S. corn industry’s #1 and #3 markets.
Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico completed the fifth formal round of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before Thanksgiving in Mexico City, with accelerated discussions reflecting the urgency to conclude negotiations in early 2018.
Leaders of SAGARPA, the Mexican agriculture department, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) met this week in Mexico City in association with a Council and NCGA joint officer mission visiting government and industry officials in the top U.S. corn export market.
Leaders of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) called for the continuation of strong partnerships built under the framework of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other Western Hemisphere free trade agreements while at a joint regional buyers conference this month in Mexico.
Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma-Heineken (CCM/Heinken) cannot brew beer favorites like Dos Equis without high-quality barley. And thanks to the favorable trading terms under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), CCM/Heinken sourced 100 percent of their barley needs from Montana in 2017.
Decision makers from the company traveled north to Montana in October on a U.S. Grains Council team arranged so they could see firsthand how this top ingredient is grown and malted.