Looking Forward: KORUS Benefits U.S. Feed Grain Exports

A long tradition of partnership and dedicated interaction by organizations like the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has established South Korea as one of the largest and most loyal trading partners for the United States. The United States and South Korea will begin to formally examine the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) during talks in Washington, …

Trade Teams Reinforce Importance of South Korean Market

Trade teams from South Korea have met face-to-face with U.S. farmers and grain suppliers in eight states in the last three months – all part of work by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to secure and expand U.S. exports to the third largest market for U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The …

USTR Officially Starts Reexamination Of FTA With South Korea

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced this week it would begin a reexamination of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) by formally notifying South Korea the United States will call a special joint committee meeting to discuss the trade agreement and consider changes.  Per the KORUS agreement, the joint committee is mandated to meet within …

USGC Talks Crop Quality, Supply Directly With Customers In Japan, South Korea

Exports are brokered across continents, but customers still appreciate the opportunity to talk face-to-face with their suppliers – particularly U.S. farmers. Michael Fritch, who farms in central Iowa, traveled this month with U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Senior Director of Global Programs Cary Sifferath to facilitate discussions on crop progress, quality and marketing in two of …

Free Trade, Relationships Key To Market Competitiveness In South Korea

Recent events in foreign policy and the ongoing conversation about the value of U.S. trade agreements have put a spotlight on South Korea as a close U.S. ally and an important customer for U.S. products, including grains.  South Korea is now the fifth largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, totaling $6.2 billion in purchases in …