This week’s Global Update Photo of the Week is a throwback to a visit from Cary Sifferath, USGC senior director of global programs, to a state-run swine farm in southern Vietnam in 1996, when he was assistant director of the Southeast Asia office.
Along with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Council helped modernize Vietnam’s swine industry by promoting the use of a balanced diet of feed grain and protein meal in swine rations for gestation, lactation, starter and grow/finish diets.
Later, USGC built its own demonstration farm in Vietnam to illustrate modern swine nutrition, biosecurity, housing and overall swine farm management, helping Vietnam become a top five global importer of U.S. corn and a top three importer of U.S DDGS today.
About The U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.